Wow! What on Earth happened to 2011?
I have to say despite all my deepest concerns (yes I watch the news too!) I was kept incredibly busy throughout the year and all my plans have been developing really nicely.
My focus on quality used guitars has been really enjoyable and immensly rewarding (I mean on a personal level!). Watching the guitars being reconditioned and setup to a standard well beyond that of the original factory setup is something I never get bored of witnessing. I can geuinely, hand on heart state that a player would be mad to buy a new version of any guitar I am selling used IF I have what they require -thats the key thing - ensuring I have a nice selection in stock at all times.
2011 saw the re-introduction of Faith Guitars - A stunning compliment between the price points of Cort and Stonebridge. Once again my personal views that Faith Guitars represent the pinnacle of acoustic guitar production at this very specific price point have been backed up by the views of all who visit or have taken my advice online. Thank you Faith!
For January 2012 I have just added a small but very wonderful selection of Breedlove electos. Once again fitting a niche/price point that I have been unable to support previously - but now I have managed to put some of my heard earnt profits to good use to ensure I now have benchmark electros at the £500 mark too (Faith have electros from £600-£700, wheareas Breedlove has a couple of personal recommendations at £500 and again at at £800 and £1000).
All this means I have the most complete selection of personally recommended guitars ever. Faith and Breedlove were personal favourites at Regent Guitars and I am overjoyed to be back with them.
As the UKS leading Stonebridge specialist I cannot say enough about this World Class acoustic range. As always I am here to help anyone who wishes to buy an acoustic guitar that is surpassed by no other. Pure class.
Another development for 2012 is Teresa (my wife!) is back working by my side!! Yehaa!! I love having her around. I pop back to see her every lunch hour (1 mile down the road from my shop!) yet after 22 years together I still don't seem to tire of being by her side - not sure she can say the same!! LOL It is only 3 hours twice a week but that is enough to benefit me enormously. Our children are old enough to be in school/pre school which gives Teresa this extra time to help me out. Thank you Teresa!!
As always my focus is simply to do what I do, to the best of my ability and to continue providing a unique level of personal, dedicated service.
I now have 17 years in the industry - 17 years studying guitar production/quality and learning what makes a "good" guitar. My recommendations are based firmly on the resutls of my personal experiences playing. testing and retailing these guitars over the years - and I have experienced most of the leading brands.
I personally deal with every customer
The only aspect I do not do personally is setting the guitar up - which I leave to a professional of course!
My live help continues to be open and available most hours.
I am really very excited about 2012. I am here to help anyone in the World who loves what I love - great guitars, setup to perfection.
I promise I won't let you down.