We all remember where and how we got our first favorite guitar. Many people receive it as a gift from family or are saving up to buy it for themselves.
For Fallon, a young guitarist from Colorado, the guitar of his dreams – a Dean Dimebag Darrell ML – came about thanks to the generosity of a complete stranger.
On his Facebook page, Hart Music – a music store in Grand Junction, Colorado – relayed the story of how an anonymous customer once noticed Fallon playing Dean in the store and, moved by his obvious passion, returned to the store after Fallon and his family had left, bought the guitar and asked Hart employees to offer it to Fallon anonymously the next time he stops.
It would be another eight months before Fallon returned to the store, but when he did, the Dean was waiting for him. A delighted Fallon was all too happy to tune in and, understandably, show off her dive-bomb face for the camera.
“It’s Fallon,” Hart wrote on his Facebook page. “For the past couple of years he’d been visiting the Montrose store. His request each time was to play the ‘Pantera’ guitar, aka Dean Dimebag Darrell ML.
“We were shocked that he knew some Dimebag riffs. Fallon is affected by Williams Syndrome and has an excellent knowledge and love for music. His dream was to own this guitar.
“Eight months ago, while in the store playing,” the post continues, “another customer noticed Fallon. bought the guitar and asked us to give Fallon the guitar anonymously the next time we saw him.
“However, we haven’t seen Fallon until today. We’ve tried to find him to no avail. Today his family came to the store and we learned that they had moved to Texas and are returned this week for a visit.
“It was a wonderful experience to give Fallon his dream guitar as a gift from a kind stranger. His mother burst into tears and Fallon beamed with excitement. It was a special moment. There are still good people in this world.”