Its hard to believe that Dowina waited until 2022 to build their first Dowina OM body guitar!
It may seem totally crazy but the reality is they are a small boutique guitar builder and they have been kept so busy with what they already do - and they didnt ever want to rush the development of their new Dowina OM bodies. Thank GOODNESS they didnt because the results are just out of this world.
The first Dowina OM I saw was the "Aura" (which requires an entire write-up for itself as it has a number of incredible design developments that could transform acoustic guitar building - but like I say - that's another story!!) I have the first ever made and have no intention of selling it - so please do feel free to visit and experience it. I am hoping to have it reviewed by Guitarist Magazine when I can find the time.
Every Dowina guitar is hand made so for 2023 - to ensure we are able to supply our customers the very finest Dowina OM body guitars, I have created a short list of my top personal favorite concepts and made them part of my Dowina 2023 Collection.
Each guitar listed should show the date we expect to receive it and if you reserve it - that Dowina OM body guitar will be yours.
By the way! - the title OMG? Its a lovely story. My first ever Dowina video was titled "Dowina Guitars.... OMG!" . When I saw the Aura I said to Erika "OMG" and she said - "thats exactly what I said - The OMG OM!!!" .... from that moment on - in my heart and mind it didnt matter WHAT they call it officially - to me it always will be the OMG
To this date I am not entirely sure what the "official" title is (possibly "Gold" which by chance also spells OMG anyway lol!!! (OM.... Gold) - I think too much....
OK - As for pictures and descriptions? I am DOING MY BEST every day to bring you the detail as it occurs. As of 1st February as I write this - The prices are correct - the model codes and titles are reasonable, and I want to work through each one describing them and then of course I will provide photos as they begin to arrive - but its hard when they haven't been made yet!
So please do accept that whilst what you see is the results of many months of product developments and planning my side - its still incredibly early days in terms of delivering you the lovely details and pictures you naturally want to see. This is the World of genuine hand made guitars - it rewards the patient :)
For further inspiration you could look at the GAC body shapes which will give you an idea of the overall aesthetic.
Naturally - I am unbelievably excited to bring you this information and if you have found this page - and are looking for an OM body acoustic guitar - you will be hard pressed to find a more beautiful instrument built with true skill, love and passion than a Dowina - at a price that is a fraction of what you would normally expect to pay for a hand made guitar of this quality.
For me - there is no difference between "personal" and "business" life - It is all "my life". Interconnected and therefore highly personal. Every guitar I sell (EVERY) is one I can tell you the backstory - about the people who make them - the ethos of the brand and how they align with my own - they are a genuine personal recommendations based on 28 years in the industry.
With the industry dominated by marketing, hype, and "blinkered" brand loyalty - retailers focus on what they get asked for - with little effort in raising awareness of guitars that are better than the one you asked about. This leads to a lot of poor buying decisions!
Here is a quick introduction to the brands I often refer to as "my babies" but really you could simply refer to them as "benchmarks". Check the prices - check the specs - check the quality and back story - and find me a brand that does it better - or even close. The fact is you cant buy a bad guitar from Richards Guitars - you will only find the best - set up to your personal requirements.
Art Meets Craft - Artisan - Unique
Hand Made In Slovakia
I have the honour and privilege to be Englands exclusive dealer for Dowina guitars. A completely unique approach to guitar building that blends passion, art and craft producing the most inspiring and wondrous acoustic guitars that represent so much more than the materials they are made from.
Dowina is more than just a guitar - its an experience that you will appreciate and remember for a lifetime.
I introduced Furch to to the UK over 20 years ago - with my good friend Keith Twine who has since retired.
At the time I was a leading supplier of brands such as Gibson, Martin & Taylor. Experiencing Furch guitars made me realize there is what you "know" and what you "should know". Just because you DON'T - doesn't mean it doesn't exist!
What does all this mean? Forget what you think you know and open your mind to the possibility that you can find better - and we will guarantee you an experience you will never forget - with help from Furch and my other personal finds from over the decades.
Inspirational quality, tone & feel at a price you never thought would be possible.
A Benchmark British Brand
With an incredible Back story - A Truly Brtiish yet global brand utilising the shared skills of the Gordon Smith Team in England and a small boutique workshop in China - The result? Unbelievable quality that far surpasses that of recognised mass produced brands at the same price.
We Were The First UK Dealer for Eastman Guitars...
....and continue to be their largest and most experienced dealer in the UK supplying Eastman guitars throughout Europe.
Originally known for their extraordinary quality, hand made arch tops - produced by violin makers - as their reputation spread they developed into the World of electric and acoustic guitar production which continue to be made by hand.
Eastman have now become a hugely dominant force in the Guitar World producing the "best in class" in any guitar genre they opt to focus on.
Nobody knows them better or can provide you a better experience.
Whether you decide on the showroom experience or buying online you could not be in safer hands.
The Truly Great British Electric Guitar Brand Since 1974
The Great British Electric Guitar Brand was born just 2 years after me!
I first became entwined with Gordon Smith in 1995 when I began selling guitars. My first experience was on receiving what I later learned to be a Gordon Smith Gypsy.
So powerful an impact that guitar had on me that I kept it and gave it to my Dad. Its the ONLY guitar in 28 years I havent parted with (well - My Dad has it and continues to enjoy it at 82).
The Gordon Smith Legacy rocketed to new heights when Doug Sparkes took over about 10 years ago - taking this great British Electric Guitar brand into new realms not just in terms of value but extreme quality too - making them not just a choice for people who want to support British Guitar Building but for people who want the finest electric guitars too.
Godin have been solving problems for performing acoustic and electric guitar players for over 30 years, producing the most divine instruments which are stylish, of the highest quality whilst serving the practical needs of the modern performing professional
You could say Godin is the antithesis to Gibson! Godins reputation is built largely on the word of mouth of professionals and session musicians who need their instruments to be highly reliable and consistent night after night.
Get one in your hands, and you will soon understand their unique contribution to the evolution of the guitar.
I have to thank Stuart - Director of UK Distributor Selectron for thinking of me when he made a very special find in the guise of Luigi - A man building what can only be described as playable works of art. An extraordinary man - extraordinary guitars and I can only thank Luigi & Stuart for thinking of me as a perfect fit to help represent Luigis work in the UK.
The most comprehensive collection of affordable electric guitars money can buy.
We will help you find The best playing - Affordable electric guitar
I have been promoting Vintage brand guitars since the day they were "born" some 20+ years ago! In this time they have just got better... and better... and better! Not just that but the range has just become EPIC. Something for everyone!!
In the past couple of years ProShop has become one of the mmost exciting UK hand built guitars- using the Vintage range as the building blocks to create wonderful and exciting guitars that would normally cost thousands of pounds.