December 20, 2013


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Richard has been playing guitar since the age of 8, educated at the Guitar Institute in London and specializing in online consultation and World Wide deliveries for 21 years - Each and every one hand finished bespoke to the customers requirement.

Richards reputation for first class playing instruments and dedicated service goes before him - with customers in most Countries around the World.  In the past 3 years alone Richard has accrued over 1000 testimonials from customers all around the World.  Every single customer dealt with personally by Richard.
Richard only sells guitars he truly believes in - each brand being an Industry benchmark in their price or genre - a view built on 21 years research.
Richard is available most hours for consultation which is provided in a personal but comprehensive and professional manner via the live chat facility.

Specialist guitar advice for 21 years

I (Richard) have been providing specialist advice for 21 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 £1,500,000.

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!  To this day the only person I have to rely on is my wife Teresa who liases with all my customers during the order process and I am more worried about letting her down than vice versa - behind every good man as they say!

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 marketing “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.   It seems 90% of my industry is hype - so I try and focus on the 10% I truly believe in.

My reputation now spans Locally, Nationally and Internationally with customers from Stratford Upon Avon  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.

You may not realise you can buy all solid wood hand made acoustic guitars from as little has £500, even a superb quality electric guitar hand made in the UK from £600!  If you chat to me I will tell you how to avoid the mass produced, over hyped brands and focus your attention to stunning beauty!

Guitars sold on personal passion, not marketing hype

Heard of Eastman, Furch,  Faith, Gordon Smith or Godin?  If you haven’t then you need to have a chat with me before you spend your hard earnt cash on your next guitar.

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 but for me personally they just don't excite me and conversely represent well marketed, over hyped mediocrity.

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 guitars with heart and soul? I am your man. From a quality starter guitar through to World Class hand made guitars.   With honesty and integrity central to my philosophy in life 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 un-intimidating.

Read: Richards History - From Birth To Now!

Crafter SA 12

Crafter SA-12 TMBK Hybrid acoustic-electric
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This is a very well made guitar. The finish is great quality for the price.

I've often seen comments that 12 string guitars are more difficult to play than 6 string ones - but as promised the set-up by the tech at Richards make this a 12 string guitar that is easy to play. Beautifully low action but with no buzzing is perfect for my fretting hands old and ailing finger joints. Holds it's tuning well - which is a plus with 12 strings to tune.

The thin body means it really needs to be played with an amplifier rather than as an acoustic, but I went for this option as I find that the deeper bodies on acoustic guitars makes them uncomfortable to play. The hybrid element with having an electric pickup built in appealed to me too. The LR Baggs piezo and Kent Armstrong single coil lipstick pickup give a good range of tones and the blend control works very well.

It's a nice bonus to be able to get both acoustic and electric sounds from the same guitar. It benefits from being played through an acoustic amp, but I still got very good sounds through the clean channel of my Fender Super Champ XD. The guitar has very good sustain and is nice and resonant - chords ring out nicely.

The hollow body and the amount of wood and hardware on the headstock does make the guitar neck tend to dip down on the strap - which tends to be in the nature of any 12 string with a semi acoustic style of body - but it's nothing that the right sort of strap can't cure.

Using the chat feature on Richards site meant I was able to keep in touch with progress and was kept well informed about what was being done. It was well worth the additional few days wait for the guitar to arrive at the shop and then be set-up to get as good a value and well set up a guitar as this.

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