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Vintage* V72HFTB Electric Guitar

Sale price£ 374.00 Regular price£ 499.00
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Based on 3 reviews
Eddie W.
Vintage V72HFTB

An excellent choice and a great recommendation from Jon and Jake.

Russell M.
B stock - but nobody said!

I ordered my V72H based on reviews of the guitar and then of R's Gs and despite the slightly higher price was happy to pay for the additional setup.
My experience is that communication was limited and that it wasn't until I called after 3 weeks was the guitar put into the setup queue at all and nearly a week after that before I received the guitar.
On receipt I found that the guitar is flawed - it has a changed headstock from the one advertised (Vintage have changed the design, but I like it ok) and, more importantly, that the guitar doesn't have it's cream binding between the maple cap and the rest of the body. I have checked with Vintage and this is a QA error.
Also, the are a few small dings at the top of the neck, including a fairly brutal slice off near the nut.
I would have been furious except that the guitar plays beautifully and, as I am in Northern Ireland it would have been too much of a hassle to send it back.
My major complaint - despite the obvious Covid-related delays which I fully understand - is that this guitar was obviously different to any other V72 you would have supplied and yet nobody contacted me re the change in spec nor indeed swapped it out for one with the correct binding.
As I say, I understand the issues of any business in the current situation, but these were basic quality matters that Richard rightly hangs his reputation on and yet were missed or ignored on this occasion.
I'm sorry to say that, while firing out bad reviews online etc isn't my style, it would be hard to recommend you guys or buy from you again.
Russell Moore.

Andrew S.
An amazing guitar for the price, and it was so nearly 5 stars

The Vintage V72HFTB is modelled after the Fender 72 Thinline Telecaster. I selected Richards Guitars to buy it from because they spend a lot of time on the setup, so that the guitar is the best it can be.

The setup is why I chose to buy from Richards rather than from a large online retailer (also because Richards is about the only place I could find that stocks it).

When the guitar arrived, the reality very nearly lived up to the claims. It sounds and plays better than my other electric (a Fender Marauder), the action was super-low and easy, and the range of sounds is amazing.

The only quibble was some buzzing on the low E string, pretty much from the third to about the 15th fret. Because each string has an individual saddle, this is easy to fix myself by raising the action on the low E.

But, following some correspondence with Richard himself over the internet (he goes out of his way to make himself accessible to customers and prospective customers), it sounds like some fret adjustment is needed as well, I'm guessing to get the action on the low E down to where it should be.

This could have been tricky as I live in France - luckily, we are visiting England next month so can drop it in for fixing. They say they will fix it the same day.

So, excellent customer service, and you shouldn't hesitate to buy a guitar from there if you're within easy range of Stratford Upon Avon where they're located. As they don't charge extra for the setup and they are choosy about what brands they stock because of quality standards, it's a no-brainer.

As well as playing and sounding superb, the guitar was pretty well finished for something that only cost £299 (the price has gone up to £369 now, pretty much straight after I bought it :-) )

The *only* area I could find fault with, apart from the aforementioned possible fret issue, was the finishing on the f-hole - the edges are painted black but they missed a bit. Also, if you look inside the f-hole, the interior of the body cavity is as rough as a badger's arse - it looks like I imagine the interior of a dugout canoe would before it gets smoothed off.

None of this affects the sound in any way, or is visible unless you get up close. The guitar looks beautiful. I'm looking forward to the re-setup putting the final icing on the cake.

So to sum up, I would definitely recommend buying from Richards rather than from a big online retailer - if you are close enough to Stratford to make a return easy. I'm guessing that 99 times out of a hundred your guitar would arrive with no issue.

Vintage* V72HFTB Electric Guitar, Electric Guitar for sale at Richards Guitars.
Vintage* V72HFTB Electric Guitar Sale price£ 374.00 Regular price£ 499.00

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