May 09, 2011

gordon smith Gemini › Gordon Smith Guitars ›

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!

Gordon Smith Gemini Returns As Flagship Gordon Smith Guitar. Prototype Collectors Item Available.

For 2011 Gordon Smith have re-introduced a model from yesteryear but with a few twists for the modern discerning player.

What is REALLY exciting is that I have the PROTOTYPE available for sale.  Well I will do in a few days time.  In the mean time I have a few pics which they have sent me to wet all of our appetites.

The Gemini sports some rather cool retro controls which whilst looking cool also appear to be incredibly practical with the clear markers on the controls - nice touch. 

This guitar is all about having the best of the best.  You will see there is greater detail in the headstock design, scraped wood purfling all around the body and headstock which always looks stunning and not only do you get a stunning quality top to drool over but the reverse side also has a high quality veneer too and the result looks really tasty.

On chatting to John about the Gemini it is clear that his intention for the Gemini is to wrap the awesome tone and playability of all his guitars into the most beautiful and charismatic package ever - the finest woods he can lay his hands on, the greatest attention to the finer detail - lets face it we all love beautiful guitars right?   And this is Johns work at his very finest.

I am doing my best to try and keep Gordon Smith guitars in for you to try but its always so hard as they go as fast at they arrive and I daren't order too many at one time!    You can check out a list of forthcoming arrivals here - all due shortly.

And of course on top of that list is the Gemini - For now I am the only shop in the UK where you can try this guitar and mine will be available as a prototype for £1299 (and labelled as a prototype to ensure the highest collectable value in the future).

Future Gemini models will be available at £1499.  Call me on 01789 26 33 33 if you would like to test drive or reserve - Remember this is a TRUE collectors item without any question.

Here are a couple of pics as a taster of the Gemini Prototype heading my way this week...

[caption id="attachment_666" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Check out that gorgeous birdseye maple neck, headstock veneer and beautiful wood purfling..... oh my...."][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_667" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Retro controls with clear markers showing what level you are set to - How novel!? A clear indication of what level you are set to?!!"][/caption]