JUNE, 2015. NEW! GUITAR BAGS FOR EXPLORER GUITARS! Australia finally has an official importer and wholesaler of Ritter guitar bags! Gaskell Guitars is one of the first Australian music businesses to take up stock, starting with the highly sought after EXPLORER GUITAR bags! Not only are we able to sell these high quality guitar bags at a far better price than what we were getting them before when we had to get them from Europe, but we are keeping stock! Following later in the year will be Randy Rhoads V gig bags and others. And the prices are unbelievable. Everyone wins!
JUNE, 2015. WEBSITE CHANGES. In advance of a major revision of the Gaskell Guitars website we have made a few changes to the current website as a lead-in to the new website. You will notice that pricing is easier to access and we have streamlined our range. That doesn't mean we don't or won't make all the other Gaskell models, however our most popular models are highlighted especially. The whole idea is to make the site more easy to navigate and to better provide information. That's what people want. People want their questions answered and information readily accessible. If you have any feedback or suggestions on what the new website should look like or contain feel free to drop us a line. Tell us what you like to see in a website that would help you make decisions easier.
JUNE, 2015. EVERTUNE BRIDGES. Gaskell Guitars are now offering Evertune® bridge systems on specific guitar builds. If you do not know about Evertune bridges then CLICK HERE. This is a radically innovative system whereby you guitar will never go out of tune when you are playing. It truly is revolutionary and can be used on left handed guitars, including 7 and 8 string guitars!
JUNE, 2015. PROGRESS OF BUILDS. Just to let everyone know that all builds are currently on target for estimated completion. Applies to all builds underway in Custom Shop at this time.
JUNE, 2015. WHO ELSE MAKES LEFT HANDED GUITARS?Looking for a new left handed guitar or bass? There are brands out there that make them. But what choices do you have in 2015? Times change. Here is our updated article "Who Else Makes Left Handed Guitars?" Read and enjoy.
JUNE 2015. BARE KNUCKLE PICKUPS. For some reason Bare Knuckles in the UK are a very difficult company to deal with and get orders sent on time. We have been waiting for what seems forever for some stock of Bare Knuckles pickups from the UK. Do they think they are "so popular" now that they can afford to be lax in their customer relations? Fortunately no Gaskell customers are waiting on Bare Knuckle pickups for their builds at this time.
MAY, 2015. LAST OPPORTUNITY TO BUY A FACTORY GASKELL. We have been doing a clean up of our production area and we have found a handful of left over Gaskell factory-made guitars and basses that are brand new, never sold, and we will sell direct. Each guitar is hugely discounted. This is the last chance to buy a factory Gaskell. There are no others. These guitars are the very last ones. All guitars are BRAND NEW, unsold, un-used condition. Cases are additional unless otherwise specified. Contact us directly.
- matt black Classic PRO, painted in Custom Shop with gold hardware and Wilkinson pickups - was AU$1200 now AU$899 (US$685) *SOLD*
- matt black Classic PRO EMG 81/60 painted in custom shop with white pick guard, chrome hardware, Floyd Rose tremolo and EMG 81/60 pickups - was AU$1500, now AU$999 (US$761)
- natural Classic B stock (blemish in paint) RRP AU$899, now only AU$599 (US$ 471) *SOLD*
- natural Viking bass (RIC 4000 style) RRP AU$899, now AU$599 (US$471) *SOLD*
- white Thunderbass - RRP AU$899, now AU$699 (US$531)
- sunburst Thunderbass - was AU$899, now only AU$699 (US$539) *SOLD*
- sunburst PRO Series Xbass - painted in Custom Shop - was $1500. Now AU$999 (US$761)
APRIL, 2015. NEW MODELS? We are always looking at how we can provide the best left handed guitars to all lefty guitarists and bassists around the world. We welcome you all to drop us an email and let us know your opinion about what models we should make or bring back, this time in Custom Shop. What do you think?
FEBRUARY, 2015. WARNING! FAKE GASKELLS FROM THE INTERNET. They say "imitation is the highest form of flattery" but when it comes to stealing another's intellectual property there's nothing flattering about it. That is criminality. We have discovered recently that there are some supposed "Gaskell" Classics (Explorers) on offer from China direct to the public via the Internet. These are fakes. They may look like our old factory Classic model but they are definitely not Gaskells. Our 2006-2013 factory models were made to my strict specifications under an OEM arrangement with one chosen and trusted factory building them. They were built using my templates, and my designs and modifications. The Gaskell Classic was never a Gibson Explorer clone. Factory Gaskells were intentionally made with the best woods, best hardware, and best electronics, and to the highest standards for their price point. In fact the Gaskell factory-made range of guitars and basses surpassed all others in the same price range. One half of the manufactuing process took place here in Australia where upon receipt from the factory we fret-levelled and set up every single guitar to professional standards. These Gaskell fakes are not being made in our factory and they are not being made to Gaskell standards or specifications. These are cheap copies, just like the illegal Gibson, Fender, PRS, and Rickenbacker knockoffs that are available from these same people. Be warned. If you buy a Gaskell from someone and you think it is a "piece of sh**" then you know right there it is not a Gaskell. Despite how illegal this is, it is very difficult to stop these operations as they just disappear suddenly and open up again under a different name. You end up playing Whac-a-Mole all around China with these people. We kindly ask you and anyone you know who is a left handed guitarist to not buy these illegal fakes. It's easy to get a real Gaskell guitar. Just come to us direct or deal with one of our authorized distributors.
FEBRUARY, 2015. CASES FOR LEFT HANDED GUITARS. We have just completed a new reference regarding guitar cases for left handed guitars and basses. You can read it HERE. This is new to the website and accessible via the DOWNLOADS page. (see tabs above.)
FEBRUARY, 2015. IBANEZ DISCONTINUES LEFTIES. Well, I never thought I'd see the day when Ibanez would dump all their lefty guitars leaving two rubbish quality budget lefties, one totally mediocre bass and two boring and uninspiring acoustics in their range. Seems like they found out about the Gaskell Eagle and decided to throw the towel in? Gone are the days of the lefty RG series.
FEBRUARY, 2015. AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR NOW DOWN 40% From it's 2013-2014 highs, the Australian dollar is continuing to fall against the US dollar making Gaskell guitars and basses now 40% CHEAPER than what they were a year ago, through exchange rate difference only! If you have US dollars and want to save massively on the left handed guitar of your dreams, then NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY A GASKELL. There is no better time. SAVE 40% - it's ridiculous! Note, British Pound and Euro currencies are not far behind either. Wherever you are in the world it really is the time NOW to get your dream left handed guitar. TODAY, not tomorrow. This will not last forever. Get your order in today.
JANUARY, 2015. QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FORMER GASKELL FACTORY LINE. We are still getting people asking about the future of the Gaskell factory line. We love to hear from everyone about anything and everything lefty-related but we thought we'd answer that question here for everyone, considering its 2015 now. While it is true that the Australian dollar has lost considerable value of late and buying a Gaskell is 40% cheaper today than it was in 2013/2014 through exchange rate variation alone, circumstances are still not present to warrant bringing the factory line back. If you ask yourself, how many "$1000 guitars" would you have to buy over 20 years versus how many Custom Shop guitars would you have to buy over 20 years the answer is always going to be anywhere from 5:1 to 10:1. To buy a Custom guitar is cheaper in the long run and so much better. You get THE guitar of your dreams through Custom Shop. If you are interested CLICK HERE to read our 2014 heartfelt article concerning the discontinuing of the Gaskell off-the-shelf factory line.
JANUARY, 2015. DESIGNS IN THE WORKS. Over the last few months we have put in a good deal of dedication into researching left handed 7 and 8 string guitars. We have found that there actually is a fairly decent range of lefty 7-strings and one or two 8 string lefties. Skervesen and Black Machine are the top-end brands (although Black Machine are not accepting lefty orders currently) and Ibanez and Schecter are at the lower end. As usual though, you are paying too much money for these high-end manufacturers and you get-what-you-given at the lower end. Using our Eagle design we are prototyping a 7 string and an 8 string at the moment. If you have an interest in 7 or 8 string guitars then contact us. We would like to hear from you: what has been your experience with 7 or 8 string lefties? Played a Black Machine? Liked it? Hated it? Played a Schecter? Any surprises? (good or bad.) We are interested. Tell us what you think.