March 07, 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!

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Unbelievable guitar! 

First of all I wanna say that I'm so glad I found this site and so glad I used the live online chat to speak to Richard directly, such an honest guy who really really knows his stuff. I had a great conversation with him and described the sound I was looking for as I've tried plenty of guitars and wanted the sound I was hearing in my head and he recommend this guitar. 

I'm so glad I took his advice!

This guitar is worth so much more than it's retailing for and anyone who has seen it has guessed the price to be way higher than it is and rightly so because it is a stunning guitar. I've played and owned some very expensive top end guitars and this is just as good, the tone from the guitar is spot on, you can clearly hear the tone of the wood which is missing on most guitars.Even when not plugged in you can hear the quality. There is simply one volume and one tone knob and that's plenty, the beauty with the volume is that it doesn't thin your sound when turning down like what happens on alot of guitars just the volume is reduced which should be the case but rarely ever is. The coil tap on the tone knob is brilliant, it's like having two guitars at the ready, when the coils are split the tone is beautifully clear, not brittle or sharp just right. When in humbucker the pickups are loud, powerful, warm, fat but also wonderfully clear! When using with overdrive channel it kicks ass, puchy, powerful, fat, warm, clear and pinch harmonics scream! Have to say, I really like the pickups, before I purchased I thought I might need to upgrade them but I'm really happy with them. I play alot of gigs playing alot of different styles of music and have had to chop and change different guitars to suit but this can really do the lot! The look of the guitar is stunning, colour is beautiful and the flamed maple front is stunning! Considering its made of maple and mahogany this guitar isn't too heavy and is lovely to play, sits great from a strap and really nice when sitting down. I'm seriously in shock at the quality of guitar for the price!
The quality of service on Richards site is second to none, like I've already said, the advice was spot on and shipping was very quick and reasonably priced. When I recieved the guitar it was really well packaged and perfectly set up! Intonation was perfect on every single fret! On alot of guitars I've played the first few frets can be slightly sharp but this is perfect. The action was also spot on and holds it's tune really really well!  

I already have a long list of guitars I wanna order from Richard and i know they'll all be as good as this one! 

Thanks a million Richard, your a legend!


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