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 non Custom Shop production unsustainable. The good news in this is that we will be fully offering Custom Shop, as per usual, and we will be 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.)
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. Available in black, we are beginning a production run now which should be ready by mid 2014. Pre-order yours now or before April 30. 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. Additionally, they are 3x the price of our new Concord Mk II. Not a hard decision to make.
APRIL, 2014. SPECIAL EDITION, LIMITED RUN FIRESTARTER. We have decided to do a very special, one-off, limited edition run of Firestarter guitars of which only 12 will be made. This is our Limited Edition "Gold Edition Firestarter" and will be in beige metallic with gold hardware and with an optional pick guard. This limited edition run will be ready by mid 2014 and will be priced the same as out regular Firestarter model. And remember, left handed only! Pre-order now.
MARCH, 2014. IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT. As part of our continuous improvement program we have just completed a thorough analysis of our achievements and customer needs and wants over the last few years and we are making some changes to better serve our left handed customers, new and old. Gaskell Guitars is famous for making affordable left handed guitars that are higher in quality than other guitars at the same price point. Our production range of guitars and basses are what have made us the number one choice for left handed guitarists around the world who want an off-the-shelf left handed instrument that they can buy from a music store and can gig with and record with. With this in mind, we will be ceasing Custom Shop operations upon completion of our current custom shop orders and resuming our focus on what we are famous for: our production range of guitars and basses and PRO SERIES. Some of the previous Gaskell models that were discontinued in the last few years will be brought back into the range. Coming back will be the original Concord (Randy Rhoads V), the long-awaited new Concord (with Floyd Rose), the Viking (Ric 4000), and a new Flying V. It's time to chose right when you chose a guitar. For left handed players that decision is always: Gaskell Guitars. You can buy Gaskell guitars and basses from a music store, like anyone else. That's the way it was and that is the way it should be. Get ready for the NEW FULL RANGE of Gaskell guitars and basses - coming out in 2014!
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.