Specialist guitar advice for 18 years
I (Richard) have been providing specialist advice for 18 years. My previous business Regent Guitars ran from 1995 to 2008, starting with just 6 guitars and closed selling 8-10 guitars a day with a turnover well in excess of £1,000,000.
So why did it close?
In 2008 I closed Regent Guitars and opened Richards Guitars with a desire to get back to ONLY selling guitars I love, that I have a true passion for – which should also mean a volume that I could handle personally from beginning to end – like my previous business USED to be!
Regent Guitars had left me disillusioned and “too close” to the reality of how most guitars are sold. I didn’t want to be part of the Gibson or Fender “machines”. It just wasn’t me and I believe anyone who is truly passionate about guitars and in my industry will know exactly what I mean.
My reputation now spans Locally, Nationally and Internationally with customers from Leamington to Singapore.
I specialize in a select range of guitar brands—Brands which I believe represent something unique in the market be it value, quality, tonal range or shear beauty. Personally recommended guitars range from £119.
Guitars sold on personal passion, not marketing hype
Heard of Godin, Stonebridge, G&L, Cort, Faith, Gordon Smith & Burny? If you haven’t then you need to have a chat with me before you spend your hard earnt cash on your next guitar.
The brands I stock are 100% personal recommendations – recommendations built on quality, value, beauty and unique stand out features – benchmarks in the Industry.
I am aware that many people do not buy for “quality only” but for image and prestige. If you want a Fender, Ibanez, Shecter, Gibson, Jackson etc. then you are talking to the wrong man entirely (although I do specialize in used examples which will play better than new and won’t lose value on resale) – you can find these products hung on a hundred guitar shop walls around the UK, sold by people who will push all the marketing and hype generated by Global marketing campaigns.
Just remember when you are talking to the next salesman that he probably cares not for you, but for his employer. His job is to sell you what is hung on the wall – not to ensure you get the very best guitar available in the market.
Want to know about real guitars with heart and soul? I am your man. With honesty and integrity central to my philosophy in lfe and business I assure you that you are in safe hands and I will guide you based on your needs and requirements. If I can’t help I will tell you and point you to “a man that can”.
Try guitars in a welcoming environment..
I try and make your stay at Richards as enjoyable as possible, which may include boring you to death about the guitars available, their history/pedigree etc. or it may just be you want to spend some time on your own trying out the guitars available. Either way you should find the shop welcoming and totally unintimidating.
Richards History – From Birth to Now!
After having never held a guitar in my life until just over a year ago ,I have been searching for all the answers I can get regarding guitars and music .Trying to find the right guitar when there are so many different types is very difficult for someone with little knowledge like myself. Most guitar shops are happy to sell you a guitar and send you on your way , I have been looking for someone to look after MY interests . When I found Richards website I could tell he offered something different , I told him what I was looking for and expressed my concerns as a new player .I asked whether I could justify spending £500 on a guitar ,would I be able to tell the difference , would he be able to set it up to help me ??? He said 'Trust me' , so I took a chance and did just that !! What a great decision that was ,when the Cort Cr custom turned up I took it straight out the box and immediately I felt at home with it .It plays SO WELL and SOUNDS INCREDIBLE !! , I haven't yet had chance to experiment with all the sounds it has to offer ,I guess that will take years !!! I'm more hooked than ever !!! Thanks Richard
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© 2015 Richards Guitars. New & Used Guitars of Quality & Distinction.
Richards Guitars, 5 Tiddington Road, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 7AE. Tel: 01789 263333
We welcome players from all over the World to consult with Richard directly via live help, allowing Richard to help you find the right guitar and ensure it is set up to your personal playing specification.
Richard personally tests every guitar that leaves to make sure it plays how you requested at the point of order.
To ensure anyone can benefit from this highly personalized service we subsidize the delivery costs from our pocket - not yours, resulting in the following delivery charges*
Any delivery to Western Europe £15.
If you bought your guitar from an alternate source it would cost you at least £50 to have it play to the standard that we set our guitars AS standard.
Why would you want to buy from a faceless online store if you can buy from someone who values every customer and their personal needs?
I do hope we can help you further as we provide the service you wish you could find locally!
*Wherever possible. If you order a very low value guitar this may not be possible.