July 07, 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!

Richards Guitars Forum Update

Richards Guitars Guitar Forum is now back open at http://www.richardsguitars.co.uk

Anyone who ever pops in to visit my forum will see it is closed.  

This is however only temporary whilst I get the forum back where it belongs - on a personally hosted platform.

If you are ever considering a "step up" from traditional forums and want to pay for a quality hosted model BYPASS http://www.hoop.la   A once thriving destination was destroyed by this clumsy unintuitive model which lacked even the most basic of features such as post visit counters (only finding out after installation of course).

As with all big companies they make it as easy to join as possible (free installation and migration) but then charge you $200 for the data when you leave and $150 per HOUR for additional help.  In the mean time I have been paying £100 a month for a site that previously I enjoyed for free (I only upgraded to secure the future of the site - irony).

Thankfully in recent times I have teamed up with a wonderful IT genius who has offered to help me resolve the problem - so its heading back home!

The new forum will be self hosted and using the "vanilla" forum platform which is well regarded for its intuitive and expandable design so it can suit any "flavor" of community.

I have been running my guitar forum since 2001 so 15 years of content would have been so sad to lose and I am desperate to keep my forum running for the benefit of the members who have enjoyed visiting for so many years.

My retail site now runs from "rguitars.co.uk" so I have decided to put my forum in its rightful position of "richardsguitars.co.uk" to bring continuity and ensure the association is clear (I am very proud of the community and always have been - however difficult it has been to maintain!).  The forum and retail site should seamlessly navigate between themselves depending on whether you want to talk guitars or buy guitars!

So with that said  and the wind blowing in the right direction the new forum will be live, on or around July 16th

See if we are live yet....