July 03, 2012

Faith 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!

Faith Naked. Faith Venus Naked, Faith Neptune Naked & Faith Mercury Naked!

New range designed to offer the very essence of Faith guitars, but at more affordable prices.

Faith Guitars  has released its new Naked range of acoustics.

The stripped-back instruments are designed to offer the very essence of Faith guitars, but at more affordable prices. However, these are not simply 'cheap' Faiths, as brand manager Alex Mew explains:

“The simple vision behind the Naked series was to make Faith guitars accessible to more people, yet without compromising what a Faith guitar is at its core; namely a handcrafted, all-solid, incredibly resonant acoustic instrument. So, with this in mind, Patrick James Eggle and our team set about stripping back each guitar to its core ingredients, taking out cost where we could, but all the while focussing on the integrity of the instrument’s performance. So, the final result is an instrument that delivers the performance and tone that players expect from a Faith guitar, but with unnecessary cosmetics and adornments removed.

“Further to this, each Naked instrument is handcrafted in the same Indonesian workshops that make the regular Natural, HiGloss, Trembesi and Eclipse models. It would have been easy to find production in China like so many others, but once again, we have ensured the integrity of the brand is retained by having the same luthiers building all levels of Faith model.”
Each Naked instrument consists of a solid Engelmann spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides; a two-stage satin finish; a rosewood fingerboard, bridge and headplate; chrome plated machine heads; and a 2mm abalone soundhole rosette. The Electro Cutaway FKV Venus model will feature the same Shadow Performer Tuner preamp and Nanoflex pickup found on the regular models.

The new guitars will arrive in late summer 2012 as three different models: the Venus (£429), Neptune Baby Jumbo (£399) and Mercury Parlour (£389).

I am adding the guitars to the catalogue as we speak and will bring you some pictures as soon as possible.

I personally visited Faith Guitars in the UK earlier this year and witnessed the final prototypes (I had to swear to secrecy not to let the cat out the bag!!) and they were gorgeous.  Stunning - so cannot wait for them to be available for someone looking for Faith quality on a tighter budget.