July 31, 2010

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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!

Guitar Tuition Now Available by Richard

I have been playing guitar since I was about 8 years old,  studied at Guitar Institute in London and received private tuition from some of the most experienced pros in the UK for a period of 2 years prior to becoming a Teacher myself.

From my tutoring I began selling guitars to beginners and that was the start of me and my World of guitar Retail  some 15 years ago.

Since moving to Stratford Upon Avon I have managed to regain an hour of my day - every day (no travelling to Leamington) as I live just down the road yet I have found myself repeatedly excusing why I no longer "have time" to teach.  Now I am in Stratford I feel like the excuse is possibly no longer valid so hence this re-introduction of of my tution services, all be it on a limited scale.

I have a very firm view of where I believe my value lies - and it is not in offering lessons to an individual week in week out for eternity with no end goal in sight.

I see my role as someone who tackles specific problems whether it be of a technical nature or theoretical.

My lessons are focused, consise and will enable you to "get over" whatever barrier was in your way prior to the lesson.

My lessons would not be a replacement to but a consolidation of whatever method you may already be using (online resources, private tuition, books/dvds etc) where I can fill in the missing blanks so to speak.

I can help you understand more about what you are playing in order for you to have the understanding to develop your own direction in the future.

In principal I am happy to teach anyone of any age and any skill level but of course will point you in the right direction if I feel I am not the right person for you.

Lessons are 30 minutes in length - long enough for me to put across an important musical "aspect" and to ensure you have understood it - so you can go away and practice it!

Lessons fit around my shop hours so between 8am & 10am, 1pm & 2pm or 5.30pm to 6.30pm are all fine with me.

A lesson is £20 which includes being on hand following the lesson via my live help if you need a helping hand and what I teach you in 30 minutes will be a building block to benefit from forever.

If you are interested to know more just email me (richard@richardsguitars.co.uk) call on 01789 26 33 33 or pop in store and have a chat.