OCTOBER, 2014. Gaskell Guitars will be closed from 1 October to 8 October as Kevin is in New Zealand during this time. This coincides with the workshop staff also taking their own breaks. It might not be possible to get an email response during this time.
SEPTEMBER, 2014. THE FUTURE OF GASKELL FACTORY-MADE GUITARS. Since we announced the discontinuation of our factory-made line in favour of full custom shop production many people have since emailed us asking whether we had any intentions of bringing the factory line back one day. I have written a detailed statement concerning this and thoughts on the matter in true Kevin Gaskell "no holds barred" style in an article called "The Future Of Gaskell Factory-Made Guitars." You can read it here or go to our DOWNLOADS page. Feedback is welcome. We are dedicated to the lefty cause. It's no fun being backed up against a wall on this.
SEPTEMBER, 2014. THE EAGLE HAS ALMOST LANDED! In 2-3 weeks we will have pictures of the first custom shop Gaskell Eagle. The first one we made was so incredible that I actually decided to keep it for myself as my new personal guitar of choice! The one you will see very soon belongs to a customer who took all the opportunities to make it the very best guitar to suit his needs and we are extremely pleased with it ourselves. The Gaskell Eagle is always 100% made in Australia at the Gaskell Custom Shop in Sydney. It has a unique yet familiar body shape and a knock out orginal and completely appropriate head stock. The Eagle is truly the world's best left handed Strat style guitar. No doubt about it. Stay tuned. Kevin
AUGUST, 2014. LEFT HANDED ACE FREHLEY BUDOKAN LES PAUL. Just finished in Custom Shop, the iconic Ace Frehley "Budokan" Les Paul! Three originial DiMarzio pickups, genuine mahogany body and neck, flamed maple cap, TonePros hardware, Schaller tuners, and finished in traditional sunburst. If you happen to be a lefty who always wanted a Budokan Les Paul you would be well aware that these were never offered by Gibson in left hand. This guitar is fully templated and can be made to any specifications. See our PRICE LIST accessible via our DOWNLOADS page. 100% made in Australia.
JULY, 2014. END OF GASKELL FACTORY-MADE LINE. It is with great disappointment that we announce that we have been forced to discontinue our factory-made line of left handed guitars. This is due to rising costs which have made it impossible to maintain our sub $1000 price range. The fact is, 50% of the manufacturing process of our production (off the shelf) guitars and basses has always been done here in Australia. The factory only ever did half of the work. Australia's cost of living is extremely high, in some cases up to 4X what it was a mere 10 years ago. Australia is extremely expensive. We have tried very very hard but these factors make production other than full Custom Shop unsustainable. The good news in this is that we will be fully offering Custom Shop as per usual, and we will be additionally offering PRO SERIES which are custom shop guitars and basses that are less expensive due to being made from factory-made body blanks instead of being built from scratch inhouse. We thank all left handed guitarists and basses for their support over the years. There are hundreds of Gaskell players around the world today, so many we have long since lost track! For those of you who own a Gaskell production instrument, be aware that your instrument is going to be very collectible as a result of this change. From here on out lefty players around the world wanting the very best left handed instrument should look no further than Gaskell Guitars. Custom Shop guitars, designed by a lefty for lefties only.
JUNE, 2014. EMAIL ADDRESSES Please note that our current contact emails are only email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to overwhelming spam email we have not used the former email@example.com email for many months. If you have sent an email to that address within the last 3 months it has not been seen. Please update your contacts list. Many thanks.
JUNE, 2014. On the 18th June 2014 our beloved Zac lost his battle with cancer. He was 13. There are no words that can describe the grief that my wife and I feel. I ask that you be patient in regards to responses to emails at this time. Kevin Gaskell.
MAY, 2014. SHORT BREAK. We will be closed from Thursday 19 May, 2014 until Friday 6 June, 2014. Emails will not be seen during this time.
APRIL, 2014. HYBRIDS ARE IN. Just last week our current run of Hybrid and Hybrid Deluxe guitars arrived from the factory. With the two short weeks (Easter + ANZAC Day) one after the other we have fallen a little behind on getting these through set ups along with everything else, but we are almost there. Those of you with pre orders (the majority on this run) please be patient. We will let you know when we get them done and out the door to you. Expected to be next week (first week of May.) Update August 2014. There are several Hybrids from this run still in stock. Contact RIVER MUSIC. International delivery is available.
APRIL, 2014. NEW CONCORD MODEL! Well fellow lefties, we finally did it. You will notice there is a new Gaskell guitar on the website: the Concord Mark II. This is the Alexi Laiho style of Randy Rhoads V, with Floyd Rose tremolo and EMG pickups. For Australian and New Zealand lefty players, this is your chance to actually own a left handed RR style V guitar. You should already know that the LH Jackson originals are not sold in Australia and New Zealand and cannot be ordered through a music store. Not a hard decision to make.
MARCH, 2014. NEW STOCK. Our latest batch of guitars in from the factory have all been sold. If you missed out, we are organizing our next run now. It is always a good idea to pre-order if you are keen on one that is not in stock. Always check the Australian retailers for stock. PKS MUSIC and RIVER MUSIC are the two major Gaskell dealers in Australia. They sell internationally too. See the DEALERS page of our website.
MARCH, 2014. DRAMAS WITH EMAIL. Our Email host for some reason is being very problematic this month and it appears we have "lost" emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org which is our main email! If you have tried to get in touch using our main email address in the last 2-3 weeks chances are we have not seen your email. Please use this email HERE temporarily until we fix this issue. Resend if you have not had a reply in the last several weeks. We apologize for the inconvenience.
FEBRUARY, 2014 PLATINUM SETUP. We get a lot of emails asking about the Platinum Setup Service and we are always happy to answer your questions. It is something that can benefit any player. We recently reviewed the information on our website about the Platinum Setup and saw an opportunity to better explain the service and clarify it. This has now been done via the original article "What Is A Good Guitar?" (click here) as well as in two places on our FAQ page (click here.) Additional information has been added to our Care & Maintenance guide (click here.) The Maintenance guide and the information article can both be found on the DOWNLOADS page of our website. Our FAQs can be found on our FAQ page accessible from the top of our site. Read and enjoy!
JANUARY, 2014. We have just resumed as of 13/1/14 and we have just about all our custom guitars finished, injuries and a few little incidents (wood splits on finished necks - aaagh!) notwithstanding. We are well on track for 2014! NEW FOR THE WEBSITE: see the new 7-string Gaskell Explorer. All specs are up and a few demo pics courtesy of a couple of local Aussie hot babes. Who doesn't like hot babes holding guitars? (If you truly answered that question in the negative then you better find your sense of humour or get a hug from someone fast and stop taking Life so seriously.) K7 is in production now. We can still take pre-orders. Contact us direct on email@example.com Only black at this stage.