Jack White buys a £3,600 Stratocaster for busker who had his guitar smashed

After a reportedly drunken altercation.

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A busker who had his guitar smashed onto the street has seen a generous set of donations, not only from the public but also from Jack White.

After having his guitar broken, guitarist Matt Grant set up a GoFundMe to raise money for a new one. Describing the incident on the page, he wrote: “Today the worst thing that could have happened happened. Someone came up while I was busking and smashed my guitar.

“The lady was drunk. Often I don’t rise to people coming up and talking nonsense but this lady was pushing it too far. She was in my face swearing and shouting at me. I told her to go away and she wasn’t having any of it.

“She grabbed my guitar and smashed it over the ground. I got grabbed by The police intervened she was arrested. But now I’m out of a guitar to busk with for the time being.”

Not only was the GoFundMe a success, with Grant being able to purchase himself a new acoustic, Jack White saw what had happened and offered to purchase Grant a new guitar.

“This morning I came into GuitarGuitar Edinburgh to pick up the new acoustic. Next thing I know I’m on the phone to Jack White’s manager who tells me Jack White has seen my go fund me page, feels bad for what happened and wants to buy me a new guitar,” Grant wrote on Instagram. “Flashforward one kid in a candy shop later testing as many guitars as possible and I settle on a Custom Fender Stratocaster.”


The GoFundMe is now closed for donations, you can support Matt Grant in person if you happen to be in Edinburgh, or by following him on Instagram.

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