JUNE 2016. I am trying to get a left handed version made by the manufacturer of the AD100 Travel Guitar.
This is a very cool fold-out guitar with a decent sound, made of aluminium and high quality electronics. It is made in China and retails for USD 700 (approx. $1000 Australian.) That’s for the right handed original.
That’s less than the price of the left handed version Traveler Speedster Electric Guitar which is the only other portable electric guitar I know of in left hand. I believe the Speedster guitar is available through Amazon. (See picture below.)
I am in negotiations with the manufacturer to make a left handed version of the AD-100 but it’s not going to happen without some help from you lefty players.
The model is not already available left handed and the manufacturer would need to make a new mold and do some re-tooling to properly make it in left handed orientation. The elaborate bridge and headless nut system requires re-manufacturing as well. This all costs money.
How this is going to work, if it is going to work, is if I can get 12 or more lefty guitarists to commit to buying one in advance I will be able to cover the costs to remanufacture the model for left hand and meet the minimum order quantity to get a production run done. This requires actual commitment, money paid up front. I do not have a final cost yet, but hopefully it will be the same or close to the same as the right handed original. I’m not doing this for free, so I need to make some money out of this too. “Love” doesn’t put food on my table and pay my bills.
If you would like one of these guitars and you want to be part of the plan to make this happen, then contact me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org and we can talk about it. 12 lefty players is not too much to ask. Usually these factories require 100 or more units be bought before they will even look at you. 100 units is a lot of money, then there’s shipping, customs, etc on top. That’s really a lot of money.
There are plenty of lefty players in the world and a lot of Gaskell players amongst them. Here’s our chance, people. I only need 12 of you!
Here is a video of the product. Everything on the website is in Chinese, with no English option, but just hit the PLAY button on the player.
Here’s a video of some guy playing it (maybe the designer?) Everything is Chinese, so I don’t know. But check it out:
UPDATE JULY 2016. THIS PROJECT IS NOT GOING AHEAD. NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE CAME FORWARD. THERE IS NO POINT INVESTING IN PRODUCTS THAT AREN’T GOING TO SELL. CONCLUSION: LEFTY TRAVEL GUITARS ARE NOT WHAT IS NEEDED AND WANTED BY THE LEFT HANDED GUITAR COMMUNITY AT THIS TIME.