Great story Mike and to meet such a legend must have been amazing, let alone have him play and prefer your guitar in such a good selection. If you've not already been down to the factory in N'ards, drop in sometime.
Speaking of Gloria, legends and Avalon's, I had to pinch myself Friday week ago at the Oh Yeah club in Belfast to witness on stage, together, singing Gloria (accompanied by an Avalon acoustic and a bloke playing a Gibson ES355), Terry Hooley (who launched Undertones & Stiff Little Fingers among other great bands in the 70's & 80's), Stuart Bailey (of NME fame - that's roughly the UK equivalent of Rolling Stone for anyone outside the UK) and, biggest legend of all - Gerry Armstrong! Who he I hear you ask ????? Not only a fine vocalist, but better known for scoring in Northern Ireland's 1-0 victory over Spain in the '82 World Cup!