“Don’t let its modest price tag fool you – this charming guitar offers a smorgasbord of contemporary features and tones”: Shergold Provocateur Standard SP12 review

This affordable UK electric is sure to provoke a positive reaction

Shergold Provocateur Standard SP12
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

Following in the footsteps of other resurrected vintage brands such as D’Angelico, Shergold is looking to find favour with a new modern audience – and when their guitars are this fun and engaging, we’re sure they will.


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    Versatile range of tones.

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    Nice finish options.

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    Good price.

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    Quality hardware.


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    Neck is comfortable but might be too thick for some.

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Never heard of Shergold? Well, don’t worry, we’ll let you off. While this slightly obscure UK brand was once popular in the late ’70s and early ’80s, it never quite became a household name. 

Now, that’s not to say these British guitars didn’t have their fair share of famous users, with the likes of Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook of Joy Division fame counted among their devoted fans. 

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Daryl Robertson

As a Senior Deals Writer at Guitar World, I help create and maintain the site's 200+ buyer's guides, scour the internet for the best possible deals on a range of guitar products, and spend a lot of time getting hands-on with the latest guitars, amps, pedals, and more. My gear reviews have also been featured in many prominent publications, including Total Guitar and Future Music magazines and MusicRadar.com.

During my career, I have been lucky enough to talk to many of my musical heroes, having interviewed members of Sum 41, Foo Fighters, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, Creeper, Thrice and more.

In a past life, I worked in music retail. For a little under a decade, I advised everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros on the right gear for their needs. 

I also have a passion for live sound. I'm a fully qualified sound engineer who holds a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay and I have plenty of experience working in various venues around Scotland.