November 09, 2012

Cort Guitars › Cort M520 › Electric 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!

Cort M520 Review. A Genuine Personal Favourite & New Low Price

Cort M520 Review

This is an update on the review I brought you over a year ago as it has now come DOWN in price to just £299!

The Cort M520 is a guitar I have wanted to bring to your attention for literally YEARS.

Hopefully you may know how much I love the Cort M600 - and recently the trem based model which too is utterly wonderful - the Cort M600T.

Well - the M520 is cheaper version of the M600 so maybe it seems a little strange that I would start trying to tempt you with a cheaper option?  I should be  endorsing the flagship model right?   Well the truth is the M520 is such incredible value I don't want players to consider it as a cheaper, inferior option.  More so "an" option which happens to save you about £70 on the M600.

I am often asked what are the key differences between the M600 and M520.  So, here they are...

The M520 has dot fretboard inlays.  The M600 has block fretboard inlays.

The M600 has a bound edged fretboard whereas the M520 has a plain edge to the fretboard.

M520 has "generic" humbucker pickups (IE unbranded) whereas the M600 pickups are "Duncan Designed" by Seymour Duncan.

The M520 has a standard finish top either in Tobacco Gloss or Vintage Black Satin.  The M600 comes in 3 Flame top versions.

The M520 and M600 both have a coil tap for a wider range of tonal options.

The M520 and M600 share the same hardware (barring pickups) and have mahogany bodies with a fixed neck design.

So yes there are differences and of course many will possibly "upgrade to the M600" but this doesn't mean the M520 is any LESS value or high quality at its price.

If you look at the pictures I have provided you will see the quality and detail of the M520 models is utterly superb.  Over my 16 years in the trade I have witnessed so many brands and I can tell you now that the brands like Vintage guitars who offer "value" fall foul most of the time on their finishing details - this is just not the case with Cort.  If you tried one in the flesh you would be astounded at the quality.

The M520 is a solid mahogany guitar with a quality fixed neck design, medium weight and will always give you tones which are on the warmer side - so if you are looking for bright toppy tones this is not really the guitar for you.

If you were considering a Les Paul style guitar I would beg you to try this.  You will get all the tones you will find in your Les Paul but the guitar benefits from comfort contouring on the reverse of the body and most importantly has a fantastically balanced weight distribution, much more in line with a PRS.  If you will be sitting down at home playing then you will find a Les Paul quite awkward on the lap with all the weight to the rear of the guitar.  The M520 will sit nicely and you will be able to play for hours and enjoy it!

The M520 is ideally suited to blues, rock and Jazz.  The pickups have a nice classic, slightly restrained humbucker tonality which is perfect for these genres.  The coil tap gives you the brighter tones and is a nice addition for a guitar under £350!

The great news is that Cort have just introduced the M520 in a P90 pickup option too!!  For me this is wonderful because I just LOVE the P90 sound.  A P90 can be considered as a hot wound single coil.  It is just that bit thicker than a single coil with a sweeter tone and just a litte more rounded with less bite.  For blues players you won't find a sweeter sound.  However, with no coil tap option you may find the P90 more restrictive so this one is for players who "know" the sound they want and don't need the wider range you will find in the humbucker model.  Its beautiful though!  (See pics below).

Currently the M520 sells at a mere £299 online making it one of the highest quality solid body electrics money can buy on an affordable budget.

Buy Cort M520 Online at Richards Guitars

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