I very nearly deleted what I took to be a junk email from GAK (Guitars, Amps and Keyboards) without reading it, but fortunately skimmed over it before doing so and noticed an offer that seemed too good to be true - free guitar restringing with a free set of coated Martin strings, between 11 am and 4 pm on Sunday 22 March. Booking a slot was advised but I wasn't sure whether I could even make it by 4 pm so I didn't book, and instead, when I found myself free to go over to their shop in Brighton's North Laines this afternoon, I did so and sweet-talked the two American guys from Martin Guitars into agreeing to restring my guitar if I was prepared to wait for those with booked slots to be done first. I love my guitar with a passion, but hate restringing it in equal measure, so I was more than happy to hang around, chatting with other guitarists and answering various messages on my phone until they were able to fit me in. And so it was that the big friendly giant from Pennsylvania not only restrung my lovely Larrivee guitar, he also fixed the loose pickup socket, and he and his companion chatted with me about their restringing tour of the UK and about guitars in general and Martin and Larrivee guitars in particular - and didn't charge me a penny! I'm well happy, I can tell you, as the guitar was in sore need of new strings and I'd been putting it off and putting it off - not realising that if I put it off long enough, this heaven-sent opportunity would come my way from an email I very nearly didn't even bother to read.