July 18, 2016

Eastman ›

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!

The Best Electro Acoustic Under £1000...


Welcome to my new "best friend". Whilst I have been a long term fan of the Eastman archtop guitars, it was only been since being fully immersed in my dealership that my learning curve has reached new heights!

This electro acoustic encapsulates everything that is good about Eastman and I just hope I can convey this in a powerful enough way to convince you!

The best way to put this in context is to look at my current best selling models in this genre (and of course my most highly recommended too!) which would be the Faith FVHG and Faith FNCEHG both of which you will see the wonderful customer reviews for.  Not only are these my personal recommendations by far in the electro acoustic market at this price but they are also multi award winning models.

The reason why the 422CE  (and 322CE, its mahogany back and sided brother) is so relevent is that Eastman have taken everything to new levels at a price that fits beautifully between Faith and competing with Furch (World Class acoustics - You would need to look at a Furch G23SRC and at the cost of Fishman Electronics as the next step up in class but now you are looking at £1600+)

So what do you get for you money?

Eastman guitars are literally hand made.  No machine is used in the production of an Eastman guitars whether it be acoustic or archtop.   Picture chizels, sand paper, scrapers, polishing cloths and the most highly skilled luthiers in a traditional workshop and that is how this guitar is made.  When you pick a guitar up knowing this - it takes on a whole new dimension and your appreciation for what is in your hands really does go up a notch.

Tonally - the 422CE is exquisite acoustically.  It really chimes and resonates beautifully.  Fantastic detail and lovely open tone.  We really are looking at Furch territory tonally and I never say that of any other brand - other than Furch!

The woods used on Eastman are exquisite - check out the rosewood on that back!  I have literally never seen such a beautiful piece of rosewood on a production priced guitar and whilst I cannot promise each one will look like this - it shows the quality of the wood suppliers they use (I am told they use the same supplier as Collings!).

Finally - the plugged in sound... well this is where it gets crazy... My pickup of choice when installing in any electro acoustic guitar is the Fishman Matrix.  It is in fact the pickup I recommend to my customers when buying Faith guitars.  I tend to recommend the standard acoustic model ad then offer the Fishman upgrade to ensure they get the very best electro acoustic tone.  

The Eastman AC422CE however has the Fishman Matrix fitted as standard!

I do hope anyone looking to upgrade from say a Faith but cannot justify £1600 for a Furch will jump on the opportunity for a guitar literally head and shoulders above anything within double the price range by any other leading American brand (and they are mass produced of course).

Eastman AC422CEEastman AC422CEEastman AC422CE

Eastman AC422CE

Eastman AC422CE