SOLD - Vintage V52 ProShop Unique ~ Brown Sugar
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
Want more reasons to buy from Richards Guitars?
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
Rock’n’roll guitar music is replete with instantly recognisable sounds associated with the instruments which create them and the players who play them.
The Vintage ProShop Unique V52 'Brown Sugar' pays homage to one of the most iconic guitar sounds in the history of rock’n’roll.
'Brown Sugar' is based upon the Vintage ICON Series V52 modern relic in Butterscotch, itself highly regarded as a ‘go-to’ guitar by a whole host of well-heeled players across many categories.
Countless hours of work by the highly skilled luthiers in the Vintage ProShop team, have created a one-off piece, which looks like it has been played to within an inch of its life for 60+ years and been modified, altered, improved, hot-rodded, and personalised along the way.
Upgraded with Bare Knuckle pickups 'Brown Sugar' features The Mule in the neck position complete with solid nickel silver bass plate and cover, in a black surround, which delivers exquisitely accurate ’Patent Applied For’ humbucker sonics, outstanding clarity, fast bass response, full mids and a soaring high end. The bridge position relies upon a Bare Knuckle Black Guard Flat 50, with a thicker zinc plated steel bass plate and flat profile magnets, for that classic, period correct chime, sparkle, and snarl that 'Brown Sugar' is associated with.
This is a player’s guitar. Without doubt fine details like the aged headstock, neck and fingerboard, and the original Butterscotch finish taken back to the Eastern poplar body in all the correct friction-worn areas that contribute to yet another hand-created one-off, ultra-realistic Unique, from the Vintage ProShop Team.
Their skills are also highlighted with the subtle hardware distressing, the 6 in-line die cast machine heads, along with the control plate and bridge, and it’s with the hardware where we’ve saved the key feature ‘til last.
In pure traditional style, the 'Brown Sugar' bridge features an Allparts baseplate fitted with Wilkinson WVP solid steel saddles, just five of them for an authentic look.
Supplied tuned to open G you’ll wonder why 'Brown Sugar' looks and sounds so good, and for complete satisfaction, this gorgeous guitar ships with the sixth saddle.
With meticulous attention paid to the fine details of this superb instrument, we salute the luthiery skills of the Vintage ProShop team who set the seal on their wonderful work by giving 'Brown Sugar' a full ProShop set up that 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.
Standard guitar specifications
Eastern poplar body provides resonance, tone and ‘correct weight’ comfort, enhanced with correctly radiused contoured body.
Allparts - 5 saddle - aged chrome, 6th saddle supplied.
Bare Knuckle The Mule in the neck position complete with black surround, delivering exquisitely accurate ’Patent Applied For’ humbucker sonics. Bare Knuckle Black Guard Flat 50 at the bridge that providing the classic, period correct chime and sparkle.
Single master Volume and Tone controls with three-way pickup selector switch.
6 in-line die cast.
Hard rock Maple with classic Vintage ‘soft C’ profile for instant comfort, speed, accuracy and great feel.
Traditional 10" radius fingerboard provides positive feel and superior playability.
25.5" / 648mm.
22 Medium profile frets add to comfort, accuracy and overall positive feel of the Vintage V52.
Nusmooth and friction free.
Classic Vintage headstock design for balance and visual appeal.
The V52™ is an original Vintage® ICON Series guitar, designed and created by Trev Wilkinson and the UK Vintage design team.