January 18, 2016

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!

My Second Visit To The Gordon Smith (Auden) Workshop

This is just a quick update to let you know that I spent Friday with Doug at Gordon Smith guitars catching up and seeing how progress was being made on my guitar range and the hub concept.

Its always fascinating stepping into their workshop - the hairs always go up on my arm just being around such a positive and creative bunch of people.  

The hub is still a month or so away I think - things never move as fast as you would like but it has to be organic and things will materialize in the right time.  In terms of neck options we have decided that it makes more sense to offer neck depths which are measurable rather than offering "c - d - v" shapes.  Offering different thicknesses and widths is much more "accountable" so people will know exactly what they are getting.

I saw several of my guitars in the build process which was fun to see as well as the pickup winder in full flow.  I took a video which I will try and upload as soon as I can.  Its so quirky and cool!

I was so pleased and excited to see a Gordon Smith Gemini.  It was jaw droppingly beautiful.  So I made a mental note to get one of these ordered asap.

A few months ago on my last visit my eyes and ears were impressed by their acoustic guitars - Auden guitars.   The back story is they are hand made in a small workshop in China which Doug has built a great working relationship with.  The bodies are made in the workshop and then sent to Dougs workshop to be assembled with the highest quality components.  The result is highly impressive.  Doug was kind enough to send 3 over to me to test out but 2 of the 3 were sold to customers who fell in love with them in store before I could even try them myself!  That really is the ultimate accolade.  On this visit I had some time to acquaint myself with them and reckon my customers can't be wrong!  If 2 guitars sold to customers who even had access to Furch at the same time?!?!  So I just had to get this moving..... expect to see this developing in store and online over the coming weeks - really exciting.

Mark at work in the spray booth.  His work is first class as I have witnessed on all the GS guitars I have tried since the Auden take over.

Mark spraying guitars in the Gordon Smith workshop


Was really exciting to see some of my guitars drying out ready for the next stage before ending up in my hands!
Drying Room at Gordon Smith
Necks cut with fret markers installed - ready for the next stage toward final assembly
Some necks completed ready for asembly to the bodies hanging in the drying room...