AUSTRALIAN PROCESS FOR EXPORTING GUITARS WITH ROSEWOOD

In January 2017 the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (C.I.T.E.S) prohibited the trade of rosewood due to the destruction of the resource by China. In true Chinese fashion, China has raped and pillaged a number of countries for their rosewood. This has now impacted on the rest of…

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Mother passing

I have been in New Zealand for the last week. After a short battle with cancer my mother passed away July 31, 2017 at 7:44am New Zealand time. I will be returning to Australia in about a week. There are a number of finished guitars that were meant to be sent this coming Monday. I…

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New Restrictions on exporting guitars made with rosewood

In case you have not heard, from 2 January 2017, all species of rosewood have been put under CITES restrictions with the result than any newly manufactured musical instrument with any content of rosewood is now required to have a CITES certificate of proof of legality and sustainability of the rosewood content. This is an…

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2017 and beyond…

2016 marked our tenth year in business and in those last 10 years we have made a lot of guitars and fulfilled a lot of dreams. I have lost count as to how many Gaskell players there are in the world. It’s a lot. We have consistently made awesome left handed guitars and basses. Gaskell guitars…

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Website hacked

Sorry everyone, but the website got rather brutally attacked recently and we have to do some major work to fix everything. Right now the website is a major mess. It is going to take some time to fix this. PLEASE EMAIL US in the meantime if you have questions about Gaskell guitars and basses. We ask you to…

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Christmas Builds

Just an update on the builds going in the shop. I have finished just about all the Christmas builds and we are still on target for our other builds due for completion in 2017. If you are considering a build, now is the best time to place the order, especially if you are wanting an…

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Gibson to make left handed guitars again?

Guitar sales must be a bit slow at Gibson. When they’re down Gibson has in the past tried to salvage things by suddenly making left handed guitars too. Then when things turn around they suddenly dump them again. They have been doing this for years. Flip flop, flip flop. The last time Gibson made left handed guitars of any…

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Who Makes Left Handed Explorers?

Gibson does not and never will make another left handed Explorer. That is a lost cause if you are waiting for the day they do. The last time a production run of left handed Explorer guitars occurred was in 1985. As of 2016, Gibson makes no left handed guitars of any type, not even in…

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Disappointing News re Kluson tuners

Firebird guitars have been around since the late 1950’s. There are two distinct and unique characteristics about Firebird guitars: they have banjo tuners, and they have three-part bodies. That’s a Firebird! To be honest I have never yet made a left handed Firebird with banjo tuners. They’ve always been made with regular or locking tuners. Banjo tuners don’t have…

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FREE Left handed guitar knobs

I’ve just gotten in a new batch of left handed speed knobs. They aren’t always easy to get and to be honest, in the past, I haven’t given much attention to whether control knobs were right or left handed. When we were making the factory Gaskells (2006-2013) the models that came with numbered plastic knobs were…

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