A truly bizarre situation out of Edinburgh, Scotland came to a heartwarming conclusion courtesy of Jack White this week. Across the pond, aspiring musician Matt Grant was playing for tips on the street when a woman came up and destroyed his instrument, leaving him without the tool necessary for his craft—only for him to receive a $4,700 replacement guitar from none other than Jack White.

Following the incident, Grant started a GoFundMe campaign to replace the broken guitar. Along the way, he raised an impressive £4,000 as well as attracted White’s attention. The White Stripes and Raconteurs founder reached out to Grant via his management after learning of the incident, which occurred on Tuesday. The 45-year-old woman who began screaming in Grant’s face and smashed his £300 acoustic guitar has since been arrested.

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White’s intervention came just in the nick of time, as Grant had just entered Edinburgh’s Guitar Guitar to purchase a replacement when he got the call from White’s management.

“It’s just amazing. I was in the guitar shop and the manager had been trying to get hold of me all day on the GoFundMe page, but I had closed it as I already had more than enough donations in,” he told MailOnline. “I said I already had one now because I had been in and bought my new acoustic one and he said, ‘keep that one and get another one. Jack really wants to help.'”

Grant was overwhelmed by the generosity of this man he didn’t even know, at least not personally. According to his management, White intervened after he saw the GodFundMe page and “Felt bad” about what happened. The 26-year-old Scottish guitarist stated his intention to email White in gratitude after learning the guitarist does not have a phone.

“I was like a kid in a sweetie shop, going around trying out all the guitars until I picked the one I wanted,” Grant said in an Instagram post.

Relive the entire saga via Grant’s Instagram updates below.


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And now for something absolutely incredible… Story time. This morning I came into @guitarguitaredinburgh to pick up the new acoustic. Next thing I know I’m on the phone to @officialjackwhitelive ‘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. Flashforward one kid in a candy shop later testing as many guitars as possible and I settle on a #custommade #fenderstratocaster. Absolute once in a million lifetimes thing happened today and I cannot thank Jack enough for his absolute generosity. Apparently he saw what happened and hit up his manager just this morning, who then amazingly tracked me down to the guitar shop just in time for me to walk out with this absolute beauty. Thanks Jack. I’d love to thank you personally one day, you’re a legend. #fender #guitar #electricguitar #thewhitestripes #jackwhite @guitarguitaruk @guitarguitaredinburgh

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