November 14, 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!

The Godin Montreal. The Ultimate Acoustic/Electric Hybrid (Don't expect to read about it in Guitarist)

I was shocked this month to read Guitarists review of the latest Fender acoustic/electric hybrid guitar.  Talk about money talks!  As long as Fender keep shoving advertising revenue into Future Publishings back pocket I suppose you can hardly expect an unbiased review can you?  One thing for sure, when waxing lyrical about the Fender and Taylor T5 they seemed to forget what has to be the most impressive acoustic/electric hybrid I have ever seen - the Godin Montreal.

As a former main dealer for Taylor guitars I remember how incredibly dissapointed I was with the Taylor T5.  Jack of all trades and master of none sums it up perfectly.  Neither the electric or acoustic tone did anything for me at all - and at £2000 you want the thing to impress right?

The Godin Montreal has to be one of the most under profiled guitars on the market today.  Even Godin don't seem to talk about it much!  The library photos on the Godin site do NOTHING for it all either.  It looks....brown?

In the flesh the story is very different.  Its beauty takes your breath away. Asthetically every angle and recess seems to have been thought out for both useability and asthetically.  Bottom line is that it is simply drop dead gorgeous.

Tonally, the Godin Montreal immediately brings a huge smile to the face of anyone who tries it.  Twin outputs enable you to blend electric and acoustic tones and the acoustic output has a bass,mid, treble in the normal Godin style.

I am one of the biggest sceptics when it comes to acoustic/electric hybrids - prior to the Godin Montreal I couldnt actually say I had been impressed by any other (I never sold Parkers and I am led to believe they are pretty good too but you will have to investigate that one yourself - I just find the styling puts me off immediately and call me old fashioned but I want to enjoy picking the thing up).

Trust me.  If you want one of the most beautiful, versatile acoustic electric hybrid guitars with the quality of PRS with so much more to offer - check out the Godin Montreal as soon as you can.

Contact me if you want to take one for a test drive!

Its a shame that the likes of Guitarist don't (or won't?) provide an honest overview of what is available in the market, rather than only profiling advertisers products but hey ho - thats the World we live in right?

Click on the link to see the Godin Montreal in our catalogue.  Our price as always includes meticulous quality control and hand finishing, setup to your personal specification.