October 14, 2011

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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!

Left Handed Stonebridge Guitars. Call 01789 26 33 33

Left Handed Stonebridge Guitars

Now in posting this note I have to wonder whether A) you already know how wonderful Stonebridge guitars are or not  and B) you know my credentials not only as the leading Stonebridge specialist but also my reputation for sourcing only the nicest instruments available per price point (hence stocking Stonebridge!).

So with this in mind I will give you a very brief overview but for more details please do call me or speak to me on the live help facility.

Regarding Point A).  Stonebridge guitars are made in the Czech Republic and are quite simply World Class.   They are head and shoulders above some of the stereopype mass produced brands like Taylor and Martin yet the prices are if anything, cheaper!   If they cost TWICE the current prices they would still command a loyal following and would represent wonderful value.

As for Point B).  There is a wonderful story behind how I got involved with Stonebridge guitars but needless to say I have been selling these guitars longer than any other store in the UK, know the range like the back of my hand, have a first class relationship with the UK supplier who I liase with almost daily - backed up my quality control and setup service which is second to none.

If you buy a guitar from myself you are assured of 100% peace of mind that the guitar will look, feel and play to the highest standards possible.

Now then - to the point about left handed Stonebridge guitars for sale at Richards Guitars!!

I have worked very hard to get the UK supplier to import the FULL range of Stonebridge guitars.  Regretably, truth be told, when they did get a good number in to the UK they had to sit on them for way too long, especially in relation to the speed in which right handed models sell.  I am totally sure that this problem arose merely because it is so hard for left handed guitarists to know about Stonebridge and then to understand that EVERY Stonebridge guitar produced is available left handed at NO extra charge.

On average, the maximum waiting time to have the guitar produced and into the UK is 12 weeks. 

So even if stock is not available in left handed form (which is often the case although I do try and carry a couple of examples in stock anyway), you can at least visit my store, look at the right handed models and get an idea of the workmanship and tonal qualities before ordering one in.

If you are too far away to try one out, for example if you are one of my European visitors (or Internation for that matter - I have sold a number of Stonebridge guitars to America, Sweden, Australia and even Indonesia!) then you can be assured that you can place an order with me online knowing I will not let you down, the guitar will be perfect and you can speak with me most hours via the live help facility here at my website.

Well - I hope this information is of use.  If you are a left handed acoustic guitar player and you have not experienced Stonebridge you are missing out on a whole new World of tone and feel.  PLEASE try one at your earliest convenience.

For some more details on Stonebridge visit either the factory website (Furch - same product but different branding for the Czech Republic) http://www.furch.cz or read some of my own views at my catalogue  http://www.richardsguitars.co.uk/acatalog/Stonebridge_Guitars.html

Prices start from £600 through to around £1500 for most models.  Incredible.