January 16, 2012

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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!

Hello 2012!!

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.

HELLO 2012!!!!!!