Vintage V59 ProShop Unique ~ Gun Hill Blue (Contact: Richards Guitars. www.rguitars.co.uk)
The Same - Just Better
Want a Better Guitar? Buy It From Richards Guitars - If you are serious about the guitar please do find the time to read this. I promise you that anyone offering you next day delivery are not offering what we do!
Behind every guitar sold is our meticulous quality control and personalized setup service. We literally leave no stone unturned. From geometric to cosmetic - every aspect is checked and adjusted as necessary...
We want your guitar to INSPIRE you.
In this first video I introduce you to a customers guitar which is about to go into our workshop for setup and I show you just how many modifications and improvements will be made to the guitar.
This second video shows the guitar going through the workshop process. This process takes around an hour but dont worry - its just highlights!
Its Not Always A Happy Ending
One of my favorite adverts was one by Honda which said at Honda they don't use the word "OK" and instead they use the phrase "What If". I LOVED that advert and found it so inspiring. This is the premise of every guitar setup we undertake. If that means rejecting guitars and starting again - that is exactly what we do.
No Time To Watch the Videos? Here Is the Summary...
If you have bought a guitar before you will know all too well that not every guitar feels or plays the same. You may also know that due to the nature of the major component of the guitar (wood) that they can feel great one moment and awful the next (say for example after traveling half way around the globe on a boat - from some factory in the far east to the UK!)
Richards Guitars offers a unique service offering the more discerning/knowledgeable buyer a host of "players benefits" which will ensure that ANY guitar purchased will give you years of enjoyment - regardless of the price paid. I can demonstrate that a guitar purchased from Richards Guitars will...
Stay In Tune - Longer
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After Sales support
A second guitar setup to your new guitars standard for just £35 - Got a guitar at home that you think could be improved? Drop it in and we will do over £55 worth of work for just £35
6 & 12 month checks and "re-sets". A *FREE follow up service for any of my customers. We will ensure your guitar plays like the day it left our store (minus your own wear and tear of course!) saving you £££ on pricey guitar technicians bills. If we find any parts that are failing that are not due to normal wear and tear we will replace them free of charge!
Over the past 20 years I have worked hand in hand with suppliers, reporting back with fault "trends" and ways to improve products supplied to us. Companys I have dealt with have been listening intently over the years and we know what value our input has brought to their brands.
To summarise, a guitar supplied by Richards Guitars will not just feel like a new guitar, it will feel like YOUR guitar.
* Due to the need to check your intonation & adjust accordingly you must bring in your guitar with BRAND NEW strings fitted (original guage as setup when sold) OR pay our technician to remove your old strings and fit new ones - guide price £16 including strings. It is impossible to check intonation accurately with old strings.
Past 2 Years Of Customers (Image only shows some of the UK!)
Every red marker represents someone who I have supplied a guitar to, possibly starting with guidance and advice online, telephone or in store. I have provided a guitar meticulously quality controlled and set up to their personal specification. I have personally play tested prior to dispatch and have continued to provide back up and support via my live chat service...
- Call us during office hours (Monday To Saturday 10-4pm) on 01789 263333
- Why not book an appointment and spend a morning or afternoon in total peace and privacy? All the advice will be on hand whenever you need it
- Live Help is available which is run by Jon, Jake & Richard most hours of the day 7 days a week
- Richard has written many advice blogs relating to this brand, which can be found at the bottom of the page
- Richard has provided many hours of advice via our Youtube page at www.youtube.com/richardsguitarshop
- Special highlights are often featured on our Instagram
Sold to Richards Guitars of Stratford Upon Avon.
Over the years, the original V59™ Vintage® ICON™ Series single cut-away electric guitar, instantly recognisable by its incredibly authentic distressed finish, double bound body, hard maple neck and fingerboard, looking for all the world like its spent years in the studio and on the road, has become a firm favourite with guitar players around the world, offering something for everything within superior construction, stunning authentic looks and exceptional playability and tone.
Once again, the Vintage ProShop team of professional luthiers have had their hands on this stunning model, applying more authentic upgrades to appeal to connoisseurs who want a professionally built guitar as close as they they can get to models from the 1950’s and early 60’s.
Whilst the cream ivory body bindings remain, the Vintage ProShop team have spent hours recreating wear and tear abrasions in all the right places, revealing areas of the Eastern poplar body right down to hairline cracks in the lacquered top coat over the Gun Hill Blue finish, the only way these master craftsmen know how.
This gorgeous finish is now offset with a single-ply black Bakelite scratchplate which, with its satin finish adds that early 60’s vibe and a perfect match to the distressed hardware.
Hardware which includes Wilkinson Deluxe WJ55S machine heads and the world famous Wilkinson WTB compensating bridge, which, along with the control plate have also been carefully and meticulously aged to blend into the pre-worn picture.
Apart from the incredible visual aesthetics, the ProShop team have also performed outstanding work within, with new wiring and pickup choices.
For that retro feel, this stunning guitar now features internal cloth wiring and…we’ve left this to last, for extra punch and power, they’ve installed the Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound set of hot, single coil neck and bridge pickups.
The neck pickup alone is a rhythm beast with huge sounding chords and full, fat lead tones that will cut through any mix.
With the volume control wound back a tad on the bridge pickup, there’s more than enough natural twang and chime associated with this guitar, up full, there’s an unbelievable, powerful midrange surge from the ¼” diameter alnico 5 rod magnets, where soaring lead lines and chords effortlessly chime with sparkly harmonics without sounding brash.
Aside from the attention to the fine details of the superb aesthetics, superb playability and exceptional tone, the ProShop V59 Gun Hill Blue comes with a full ProShop in-house set-up which includes:
• Fret-level, crown and polish.
• Fingerboard dress and comfort treatment.
• Truss rod adjustment and set.
• Action height, radius, intonation and pickup height adjustment.
• Nut slot regulation.
Double bound Eastern poplar body provides resonance, tone and ‘correct weight’ comfort, enhanced with correctly radiused contoured body.
The Wilkinson WTB intonatable bridge featured on the Vintage V59 is a masterpiece of design, eliminating age-old intonation problems often found in three saddle, fixed bridge designs.
Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound set of hot, single coil neck and bridge pickups.
Single master Volume and Tone controls with three-way pickup selector switch.
Wilkinson Deluxe WJ55S machine heads. Simple and effective for increased tuning stability.
Hard rock maple with classic Vintage ‘soft C’ profile for instant comfort, speed, accuracy and great feel.
Traditional 7.25" radius fingerboard provides positive feel and superior playability.
25.5" / 648mm.
22 Medium profile frets add to comfort, accuracy and overall positive feel.
Nusmooth and friction free.
Classic Vintage headstock design for balance and visual appeal.