April 04, 2013


Faith › UK ›

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!

Faith Neptune Cutaway Electro FNCE

 This is simply the nicest acoustic guitar I have ever owned, and also compares very well to much, much more expensive guitars that I've sometimes had in my possession. I've tried literally dozens of similarly priced guitars over the last few months, and nothing came close (and, sorry to say, I found the 'budget' models from the big names fared worst of all in comparison). With the Faith, it is like most of the others were wrapped in cotton wool; It is amazingly resonant. To my ears, it has a perfectly balanced sound, from the bass to the top…. all notes ring distinctly, and yet when strummed blend perfectly. It has a similar 'sweet' sort of tone to the Faith Venus that I tried (which I also thought was a very very good guitar) but has more projection and, importantly to me, more bottom end. It plays beautifully all the way up the neck, which I find very fast and comfortable to play - no dead spots at all. I'm also very impressed by how it maintains its tone and resonance when played very softly…. it can be as loud and booming or as gentle as subtle as you like. Simply, an amazing instrument, and at an amazing price for a solid wood guitar of this quality and character. 

I think that buying it from Richards has enhanced my experience with it in a number of ways. Firstly, he will take the time to talk to you, and it genuinely feels like he wants to sell you the best guitar possible for you personally - not just sell a guitar per se, as has pretty much been my experience with all other music shops over the last 25 years. 

He certainly knows his stuff, and is a very friendly chap. Also, you have an extra layer of quality control with him - I feel sure he wouldn't sell a guitar that wasn't absolutely the best the factory made (and whatever you hear from some quarters, I don't think modern quality control/ consistency from the manufacturers is much better than it ever was - big differences between individual instruments which are 'the same' still exist in my experience). 

Finally, the fact you get a professional set-up before the guitar ships is a godsend. I was amazed by the difference it made - though the (large number) of Faith guitars I tried in the shops were very playable, little niggles occurred from time to time (e.g. intonation/ action etc.) Richards set-up makes an already excellent guitar pretty near perfect, IMO. 

In the future, Richards will always be the first port of call for me when I'm looking for another guitar. 

Thanks Richard!

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