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
The ultimate hand made leather strap that will not only last a lifetime, but you will never want to take it off.
Customers who buy one, generally buy as many as they require for their collection of guitars.
A strap like no other, lovingly hand made here in Walsall, England.
We provide a special discount to anyone who buys a guitar from us as a special thank you - so please do ask about it if you have purchased a guitar from us.
" Watch the video showing David from Walsall hand making this guitar strap. Your jaw will drop at the craftsmanship and skills required. The result is a strap like no other - a strap that genuinely mirrors our quality ethos at Richards Guitars"
Maximum Length from hole to hole - 138cm
Width at widest point - 6.5cm
Using only traditional hand tools (and a sewing machine!) Walsall premium & bespoke guitar straps truly are the best of the best.
I recently visited their wonderful workshop and took many photos and videod the "birth" of this exact model of strap from the very beginning to the end.
This video will soon be available on the Walsall Guitar Straps website (guitarstraps.co.uk) and here on my site. Being a business born from old school traditions they are not yet setup with their website but its coming soon.
The brand name pays homeage to the town where they are based - Walsall - which has been home to the UK leather industry since the 1800s and indeed the man who makes these straps has had the skiills passed from grandfather - to father - to son.
Whilst I was spell bound by the processes involved in the production of this strap I was simply awe struck by his other work including bespoke leather saddles for 3.5k (and I am not talking about guitars - horses!!) as he produces leather goods from Horse tack through to designer straps, wallets and handbags. A true craftsman and perfectionist.
The strap is 2.5 inches wide made of the highest grade bridle leather renwoned for its quality strength and style.
For added comfort the inner lining is made from Italian calf which is much softer to touch and oozes quality in its finish.
Sandwiched between these is a hand sculpted memory foam inner ensuring the most comfortable of gigs however long you are playing for!
The edges of the strap are beautifully beveled by hand producing the most wonderful rounded edges to ensure your strap never digs in and again - oozes quality and style.
Once the strap has been glued and stitched and the adjustment holes stamped out using traditional tooling methods, the edges of the strap are stained to ensure continuity of color throughout and then "fused" to give an all in one look between top bridle leather and calf backing using bees wax - an incredible and beautiful process to witness.
A quick flick of a lighter and an open flame is used to melt away stitch ends to complete the straps incredible high quality finish.
A quick polish and rub down - and your strap is ready!
Video coming soon of course! But thats the best I can tell you from what I remember from my extraordinary visit to his workshop.