November 30, 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!

Stonebridge DS22 CM & HE2 Pickup Testimonial Following Live Recorded Acoustic Performance with Shakin Stevens (You Tube Clip Coming Soon)

I have just received a lovely letter that I thought I should share with you!   The following letter and photo was from Shakin Stevens main guitarist who is currently touring (as always!) with Shaky.  
 After I introduced him to Stonebridge guitars he has literally fallen in love with them.  My role was to supply him with a suitable Stonebridge for this specific event which would require a pickup fitting too so they could record the event for television broadcast over the Christmas holidays.
I would like to stress that when I initially begun helping Martyn I had no knowledge of his background and at no point did he ever ask or expect to receive a players discount - I think this not only shows what a lovely guy he is but also how REAL musicians are turning to Stonebridge without having to be paid to play them (unlike most hi profile bands).
Martyn tried a whole range of Stonebridge guitars and finally fell for the DS22 CM - Here is the letter I have just received over the weekend...
Hope you're well.
Just wanted to drop you a quick note about the guitar following the trip to Denmark.
It's the 1st time I've ever had so many compliments about any guitar I've played!!! (note - not the playing!!)
On the same bill was Suzanne Vega and her Irish guitarist Gerry Leonard. (
Gerry also plays with David Bowie and Rufus Wainwright as well as writing and producing in New York. Gerry was especially impressed so I've told him I'll pass on info about Stonebridge. They get over to the UK reasonably frequently and I'll try and continue to promote my enthusiasm for the guitar with them!

[caption id="attachment_523" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Martyn Hope, Shakin Stevens, Suzanne Vega & Gerry Leonard get ready for the show which included the Stonebridge DS22 CM Plus Headway HE2 supplied and fitted by Richards Guitars"][/caption]

Shaky LOVES the new guitar - he said he couldn't get over how full the sound was. So I'm on to a winner with him there!
Finally, the guitar tech on the show was also really impressed. He was looking after around 20-25 guitars/ mandolins/ lap steels etc during the 3 days and he said there was something really immediately appealing about the Stonebridge - great feel and fantastic balance. I must admit when he handed the guitar having been tune through his ridiculously expensive strobe tuner it sounded SO good. He'd heard of Furch but never come across one. He was also really impressed with the Headway system.
He said a great guitar and great monitoring doesn't need anything else!
It was a great opportunity for all to hear as the whole 12 pc band / 45 pc orchestra and 100's of crew were all on in-ear monitors and the sound was the best I've ever experienced! 
It wasn't all plain saining though! I did manage to break the D and G string in the 1st song on the 1st night - that was pretty tough but in many ways focussed even more attention on the guitar - I think it was my over-enthusiam rather than anything faulty - it got everyone talking though - and probably watching even closer on the 2nd night!! 
I backed of on the heavy picks I use and used a little self-control for the 2nd night. Finn, the guitar tech told me it's not uncommon on new guitars for this to happen as the strings have yet to bite there way into the saddle. Anyway - I'm assured that the 2nd night gave them all the pictures and sound that they need for the broadcast. As soon as I have anything I'll let you know. I made sure the headstock was right next to Shaky !!
The show will be broadcast on 18th Dec in Scandanavia (about 2 million audience) and again on Christmas Day.
Anyway - the point of this was to thank you both again for going to a lot of trouble to help make this happen for me. It's really appreciated.
All the great comments about the guitar are well deserved and I hope it leads to a little more exposure. 
As well as the UK tour in Feb'11 Shaky's planning a lot more dates as well as TV in Germany in May and hopefully a new album in 2011.
I'll keep you posted!
Best wishes