Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift says she was given the best ever Christmas gift when her father presented her with the long-lost guitar she first learned to play as a young girl.

Swift was 12 years old when she first picked up the guitar, and years after she shot to fame her dad Scott managed to track down the instrument and surprised her with it.

She tells People magazine, “The (best gift I ever received was) guitar I learned to play on. It belonged to the guy who fixed my computer — he taught me a few chords on it when I was 12. Years later my dad tracked him down and bought it. It was such a touching gift.”

Swift has enjoyed a stellar 2012. She has racked up awards. Her album Red sold 1.208 million copies in its first week to reach platinum status — the highest weekly sales number since Eminem’s The Eminem Show in 2002. She is 2012’s #1 of “Celebs Gone Good” at dosomething.org. They praise 23-year-old Swift as the youngest person to ever receive the Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for her charity work. Swift also donated $4 million (the largest sum yet) to the Country Hall of Fame Museum in Nashville, of which Gibson is a partner.

Swift plays many makes of guitars, including a Gibson Les Paul Alex Lifeson Axcess on her hit “Mine.”