March 17, 2013

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Introduction ›

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!

About The "Mindful" Guitarist Blog

 As you may or may not know in my eternal search for perfectionism and control in my life i have suffered varying levels of "nervous energy", anxiety and depression.  Over the years I have come to realise it generally goes with the territory with a person who is "driven" in some way.

At the age of 35 I closed my former business Regent Guitars - the anxiety/pressure was just too overwelming as I tried to balance what I believed I wanted from my life with the reality of what was occuring.

I needed life balance.

5 years on and largely I have found this balance through a number of important changes to my life but without question the most overwelming benefit has come from the study of mindfulness

As a lifetime sufferer of anxiety from childhood and someone who believed I just had to "make do" with the genetical realities of life I feel I have a responsibility to share my feelings with anyone who wants to read this blog.  

I am hoping the blog will provide a number of benefits.

1) An insight into the workings of my business, along with the decisions & problems that are made or dealt with for better or for worse.

2) How a "mindful" approach towards reasoning with these "events" helps me reflect, remain balanced, appreciative and understanding of what has occurred but with a view to learning and developing from them - not the "historical" path of self deprivation!

3) Mindfulness relies on self reflection and writing the pages in this blog will certainly help me do this

4) Ultimately I am hoping the pages will help people who even have no interest in guitars, me or my business.  I hope that anyone who has suffered with anxiety on any level, depression or even someone who simply struggles to cope with daily chores or workload in the office can benefit from my updates.

OK - Please don't expect a weekly report or any kind of continuity whatsoever - there you go!  Mindfulness tip #1 - Don't put yourself under undue pressure just because of your own expectations.  I would LOVE to do a weekly report but I know realistically I have a very busy business and family pressures that will prevent it!

Thanks for listening and hope to bring you an update when the moment is right.

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Jerome Marley
Jerome Marley

March 25, 2013

Richard, thanks for sharing your thoughts on mindfulness and for reminding us that being fully human and fully alive does not mean that we need pretend to be perfect or without a degree of vulnerability. I look forward to reading more when you get around to writing.

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