May 05, 2012

Faith Guitars › Shadow Hex Pickup ›

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!

Shadow HEX Pickup Overview & Review (As Found on Faith Eclipse & HEX Model Electros)

Shadow SH 4020 - A Preamp with Nanoflex 6 Pickup and PAN control

Any guitarist who’s ever plugged an acoustic guitar into an amp or PA system knows the problem: certain strings are always play louder than others.  You can never take for granted evenly balanced strings.

Shadow has now solved the problem that has baffled both guitarists and sound technicians for generations. The Nanoflex-6 combines six different pickups – one for each string – into a single unit!

Nanoflex-6: One adjustable pickup for every string

It combines six pickups into a single unit and allocates to each and every string its own customizable pickup. Its six gain potentiometers enable perfect coordination of strings . . . adjustable to whatever amount you desire. It is now easier than ever before for acoustic and classical guitarists around the world to control individual string volume.

Panorama Control: The 3rd Sound Dimension

Open the window to a new dimension in sound.

The far left position brings out the familiar-sounding mono-signal. Turning the knob to the right splits the strings smoothly into panoramic sound. 

This brings about a tonal depth that up until now did not exist. Moreover, adding chorus, delay, etc. to just the high strings creates a sound image that feels both voluminous and completely natural to the ear!

Separation of the strings in maximum position of PAN control:

- low E-string sounds 100% on the left speaker

- A-string sounds 75% on the left speaker (25% right)

- D- and G-strings sound 50% on the left and right speaker 

- B-string sounds 25% on the left speaker (75% right)

- high e-string sounds 100% on the right speaker.

Now you are able to put reverb on the treble strings without adding it on the bass strings.

For this unique sound, no complicated audio system is required. Simply connect your guitar by way of a standard Y cable to the mixing board, adjust the panorama to the right and left – and already you’ve entered a whole new world of stereo sound.

Fingerpickers: Incredible advantages

Fingerpickers, especially, know all too well that the thumb often strikes more heavily on the bass strings than the ring and pinky fingers do on the higher strings. Accordingly, the bass strings have a tendency to dominate the sound as a whole, thereby keeping melody subordinate. Here, too, the SH 4020 offers a remedy: with one simple motion, the volume of the bass strings is reduced, causing a balanced acoustic soundscape to emerge from the speakers.

The effective three-band equalizer (bass, mids, treble) optimally adjusts the sound to your own personal preferences.

The automatic chromatic tuning device ensures that the guitar is always precisely tuned.  It operates accurately, responds quickly and is absolutely reliable.

The phase switch eliminates all unwanted noise resulting from feedback.

In addition to all these advantages, well-known Nanoflex pickup quality is provided also for a totally buzz-free, natural sound. Nanoflex pickups simultaneously respond both to string vibration AND to the vibration of the instrument’s body, so the entire character of the instrument comes through.

  • Onboard Preamp with Nanoflex 6 pickup
  • One pickup for every string
  • Individually gain control for each string
  • Panorama control
  • Master volume and 3-band EQ control
  • Automatic chromatic tuner
  • Phase invert switch
  • High-quality output connection (stereo)
  • Outer bezel dimensions: 92mm x 55mm (3.62" x 2.17")
  • Cutout

 A Faith HEX Pickup Review can be found here...