Gordon Smith guitars have been one of the strongest personal passions of mine since the day I first picked one up.
I opened my business in 1995. I was 22. One of the first guitars that arrived through my door for part exchange with a guitar I was selling was none other than a GS1 thick body, all gloss body in tobacco burst. In those days it was called a "Gypsy". Even then it must have been 10 years old so reflecting back - it must have been one of the first.
I knew instantly this was a special guitar. It had such a wonderful natural characteristic - not like any of the mass produced guitars I was used to seeing. In 1995 the internet was JUST becoming a reality and you certainly couldn't research on it like you can now - but I did my research through word of mouth and finally came to find the origin of this guitar - Partington in Northampton!
To that day to this I have wanted raise awareness of the UKs greatest guitar building hidden secret.
Regrettably we live in a World built on marketing hype and hysteria. A World where we are encouraged to buy a guitar "because this famous guy plays one" rather than the quality of the instrument or the way it makes us feel personally. We naturally follow our heros but regrettably they are generally given instruments or paid to play instruments to ensure the legacy of the companies brand continues - and so the likes of Gordon Smith rarely get seen in high profile - that is unless the band has more scruples and dignity than to sell themselves out to the marketeers - but then who can blame them? Fame is no doubt generally short lived and won't pay the bills forever!
If however you want..
*Absolute, genuine qualty
A truly unique instrument that can be personalized to your taste
A hand made guitar from the UK, lovingly produed in a dedicated workshop in Northampton
To not have to pay more than a mass produced guitar from the Far East
Then you will CERTAINLY want to learn more about Gordon Smith guitars.
It is my belief that EVERY UK guitarist should own one. Not just because of the wondrous quality and personality but I think we should all consider supporting British guitar building over mass production from the Far East.
Please contact me any time for a chat about them.
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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!