July 12, 2016

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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!

Behind The Scenes At The Eastman Guitars Workshop

For some years now a name kept cropping up that drew my attention on a number of level... Eastman guitars.  I knew they were special from my own experiences and a couple of years ago I managed to begin selling them.  My experiences were short lived however with the UK distributor ceasing supply soon after I started!

In recent months I have been watching the following videos which for me epitomize what true guitar making should be about - raw human talent.

I managed to make contact with Eastman directly who I am proud to say have been so helpful in getting me set up once again.  This is such an exciting development for me personally.

I just hope in watching these videos they will have the same effect on you - as they did me.  THIS is why I do what I do - to raise awareness of such incredibly special guitars...

Rosette Inlays

The following video shows the skill, time and dedication that goes into creating the soundhole rosette on a hand made Eastman guitar. Please do watch in its entirety to fully appreciate the skill and human effort made for your playing pleasure...


Acoustic Guitar Bracing Being Cut.  (A Prize If you can spot any CNC Machines!)


Specialist Skills & Work Environment That Could Be Straight From the 1930s


More Fascinating Insights Into Eastman Guitars Being Hand Made


Buffing, Polishing & Various Finishing Stages Being Demonstrated


A More Polished Edited Overview (with some Jolly Music!)

The following video - stick with it and you will see some stunning examples of the hand made nature of these guitars.  You will see some wonderful work going into mandolins which defy belief.  Not a single CNC machine.

I hope you have enjoyed watching the skill dedication and wonderful talent demonstrated in the videos above.  Just in compiling this collection of videos It made me want to get on the next flight to China to shake each individuals hand and promise them that I would do everything possible to spread the word of their wondrous and time locked skills.  It is no wonder that Eastman guitars are rapidly becoming the first choice for guitarists around the World who want a guitar produced by people - not machines.


Compare The Above To MODERN Mass Produced Guitar Production Shown Below.

In stark contrast I would love for you to watch the following video - by Taylor Guitars.  When you watch the video you will begin to realize just WHY Taylor guitars sound quite so sterile in relation to hand made Eastman Guitars.

I could have watched the videos above all night long if there were more of them - yet I could barely watch 3 minutes of the Taylor video as each aspect of production is closer to a car production line than something that resonates, breathes and "lives" like an acoustic instrument should.

 There is barely a word that comes out of Bob Taylors mouth that doesn't include the word "machine", "tooling", "pre-cut", "router", "lazer"

Is that what you want?  Is that what you want to spend your next £1000-£4000 on?  A mass produced, pre-cut, tooled, routed and lazered guitar?

I will let you watch the video and you can decide for yourself (Check out how the very first thing he proudly shows you is his selection of "machines".  Far cry from the early days eh Bob?)