May 17, 2015

Gordon-Smith ›

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!

Gordon-Smith Guitars Are Back!

Wow wow wow.

My dreams have been answered!

Gordon-Smith guitars have been taken over so I can hopefully continue to enjoy my passion for this wonderful British Guitar company.

I know it sounds terrible to say it but a slap dash attitude toward quality had become endemic within GS Guitars in the latter years leading to a decision even I could not believe I was being forced to make - to drop one of my most cherished guitar brands.

Whilst John was at the helm it was clear there was no future for me endorsing the unforgivable "what they don't know doesn't hurt" mentality - I would go as far to say he had lost respect for the people who supported the line.  UK Guitarists have continued to support GS guitars and I believe his followers deserved more.

I will never forget my first memory of Gordon-Smith  20 years ago.  It was one of the first guitars that was brought in to my shop for part exchange.  It only had one pickup but it just felt so great.  The brass nut caught my eye - then I realised it had a coil tap.  I plugged it in and my god it sang!  I never did sell it on - instead I gave it to my Dad who has it to this day.  From that moment I was hooked.

It was a painful time watching quality slip - maybe John had his eye on retirement - who knows but lets just focus on the positive - GS has a fresh start from here.

Auden Guitars who have taken over the brand name and the original tooling to continue producing Gordon-Smith guitars in the way they have always been made but with the added attention to detail that differentiates from "home made" to "hand made".

I cannot tell you how excited I am.

In the next couple of weeks I have arranged to visit Doug at Auden Guitars to look at Gordon-Smiths new home where I will see GS Guitars being made but also see them finishing off the Auden Acoustic Guitars - which will be interesting in its own right.

I am now able to take orders for Gordon-Smith guitars and I can promise you faithfully not one aspect of a Gordon-Smith guitar I sell will have originated in Manchester - based on my own experiences I want every aspect of my Gordon-Smith guitars to be under the trusted hand of Doug in Northampton.

As I get news and developments I will keep you posted so do stay in touch.