July 06, 2012

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!

2012 Guitar Tutors Conference

Billed as ‘The event of the year for guitar teachers’, the 2012 Registry of Guitar Tutors (RGT) Annual Guitar Tutors Conference will be held on Sunday September 9th at the University of West London. The conference marks the 20th anniversary of the formation of RGT, and will have the theme of ‘Improve and Expand Your Teaching’. There will be a very extensive programme of 16 seminars by top music educators. Teaching-related sessions include:

• A Teacher’s Life – how to cope with the issues that can confront guitar teachers.  • Earn More From Teaching. • Using Creativity in Lessons. • Setting Up A Guitar Teaching Business. • Teaching Diplomas. • Teaching Jazz Guitar. • Ukulele for Guitar Tutors. • Teaching Improvisation. 

In addition, there will be a range of seminars designed for teachers who want to learn more about how best to prepare their students for RGT exams, including Performance Awards, Rock Guitar Grades, Acoustic Guitar Grades, Electric Guitar Grades and Jazz Guitar Diplomas. There will also be seminars focusing on playing techniques, including Advanced Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar and Rock Guitar by legendary session guitarist Hugh Burns.

All guitar teachers, as well as those interested in starting to teach, are welcome, but attendance is by advanced booking only. The cost for the entire event is £47 or (£39 for RGT members). Bookings can be made via www.RGT.org or 01424 222222.

Registry of Guitar Tutors (RGT), founded in 1992, is the world’s largest organisation of guitar teachers and is the UK’s only specialist guitar examination body. RGT administers a full range of examinations in electric guitar, acoustic guitar, jazz guitar, bass guitar, classical guitar and popular music theory.    Examinations take place in the UK and in over 30 countries across the world.    For more information about RGT visit: www.RGT.org Tel: 01424 222222 Email: office@RGT.org

Full list of 2012 Conference seminars:

Discovering Rock Guitar.
From his legendary guitar solo on Gerry Rafferty’s 'Baker Street' to his nylon-string guitar lines on George Michael's 'Careless Whisper', guitar session legend Hugh Burns has played on many hit records with pop’s nobility from Paul McCartney to Michael Jackson, plus on a huge array of blockbuster film scores. Hugh will demonstrate guitar techniques with excerpts from his book ‘Discovering Rock Guitar’.

A Teacher’s Life. Helpful ideas about how to cope with the day-to-day practical issues and problems that can confront and confound guitar teachers.

 Earn More From Teaching.
Innovative ideas on how you can develop your teaching business and expand your income.

Using Creativity in Lessons. Ideas for using students’ creativity to help them reach their potential, plus some solutions for when lesson plans go adrift.

Setting Up a Guitar Teaching Business.
Advice on the shortcuts that can be used and the pitfalls to avoid when setting up in business as a guitar teacher.

Teaching Diplomas.
Useful advice and insights into how best to prepare for any of RGT’s professional guitar teaching qualifications.

Teaching Jazz Guitar. Approaches and strategies for teaching jazz guitar.

Ukulele for Guitar Tutors. How you can expand your teaching to include the ukulele, an instrument that is rapidly growing in popularity.

Improvisation. Ideas that you can use to help your students develop their lead guitar improvisation skills.

Performance Awards. Explanations and demonstrations of what’s involved in RGT’s Performance Awards (with a focus on filmed and recorded rock guitar Performance Awards).

Advanced Blues Guitar.  A demonstration of blues playing techniques and the theory behind blues harmony.

Rock Guitar Exams.
Explanations and demonstrations of what’s involved in RGT’s Rock Guitar grade exams.

Acoustic Guitar Styles. A demonstration of a range of acoustic guitar techniques, with particular reference to pieces from the RGT acoustic guitar grades.

Jazz Guitar Diplomas. How best to prepare for RGT’s range of jazz guitar diplomas.

Electric Guitar Exams.
Tips and advice to help you ensure your students achieve their full potential in RGT’s Electric Guitar grade exams.

Discover the Classical Guitar Repertoire.
A demonstration of the range of styles that can be played on the classical guitar inc. baroque, classical & contemporary pieces.