I thought I would wait 48 hours before I put down my thoughts about the
Stonebridge G23 CR leftie that has finally arrived. WOW. Like many of
us I expect, I have wistfully played £2500- £3000 guitars in shops and
then thought 'is this really that much better than my guitar'? But the
Stonebridge is something else. The finish is impeccable. The attention
to detail, inside and out is all there. She is quietly stunning. But
how does she sound?
It is like cleaning your glasses! Everything that was hinted at is now there, without you straining, and in abundance. The intonation is spot on at all points of the compass (that might be down to Richards set up of course). The voice is full, round and as clear as a bell. The sustain goes on into next week. The guitar is powerful, so you can play quietly, but then move to a crescendo without her losing grip. String separation is perfectly balanced, each note is the same volume, clearly focussed and its overtones work with the other notes being played rather than against them. The extra 2mm width at the nut really works for me - there seems to be so much more room to place cleanly and swiftly. The guitar is so easy to play, I do not feel I am fighting in complicated passages (set up again?). She will also take strumming comfortably, either with a pick or with fingers. But this guitar is a fingerstyle players dream.
A word about buying from Richard. It is counter intuitive. His website acknowledges how easy it is to go wrong in music shops. Add to that buying unseen over the internet! Insanity. But honestly, it does not feel like you are buying a guitar from Richard. He is the bloke you take along with you to make sure you don't lose your head. It will take longer than most transactions because his judgement is cooler than yours. But I have come to the conclusion that for most of us, he is our best chance of getting the guitar of our dreams. All in all it is disconcerting. But the result is amazing. Thanks Richard.
Richards Guitars, 5 Tiddington Road, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 7AE
01789 26 33 33
Richards Guitars, 5 Tiddington Road, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 7AE. Tel: 01789 263333
We welcome players from all over the World to consult with Richard directly via live help, allowing Richard to help you find the right guitar and ensure it is set up to your personal playing specification.
For FREE we provide...
fanatical quality control
personalised setup service by our highly experienced guitar tech who has worked with Richard for over 15 years
Richard play tests your guitar pre delivery to ensure it meets the specification
6 and 12 month check/reset
Online support most hours via chat (provided by Richard who has specialised in guitar consultancy for 21 years)
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To ensure anyone can benefit from this highly personalized service we subsidize the delivery costs from our pocket - not yours, resulting in the following delivery charges*
Any delivery to Western Europe £15.
Eastern Europe £25
Every guitar is packed personally by Richard. We purchase especially strengthened outer cartons and pack each guitar in a way that guarantees the guitar will come out the box as it went in - perfect.
If you bought your guitar from an alternate source it would cost you at least £50 to have it play to the standard that we set our guitars AS standard.
Why would you want to buy from a faceless online store if you can buy from someone who values every customer and their personal needs?
I do hope we can help you further as we provide the service you wish you could find locally!