If you've read earlier news from 2015, you'd know we were initially planning on relocating to New Zealand to carry on business there but that plan changed after I spent the first few months of 2016 there. However, because the plan changed doesn't mean the circumstances for why we wanted to move have changed. In fact, circumstances have worsened. Sydney is overpriced, overpopulated and not the place to have a business. It is very difficult to live here. It's very difficult to run a business. Australian businesses are regulated out of existence. Each "regulation" is an excuse to rob business owners of the money they need to make to survive. The cost of living in Australia is simply outrageous. Housing in Australia is the least affordable in the world. Our government knows Australians can't afford houses. So they sell them to the Chinese in droves. Wow! In the old days the was called "Treason." At the end of the day Gaskell Guitars is moving. I am in the process of searching for a better place to move to where we can continue to provide high quality left handed guitars to the lefty players of the world. Until the move all enquiries on builds please direct to Charles directly. All phone calls. All emails. Wish me…
04 Apr 2016
As lefty players very well know, left handed guitar availability has never been consistent with the big manufacturers. "Bobblehead" brands like Ibanez and Gibson flip-flop between making and discontinuing left handed guitars year in and year out. You never know what is going to happen next. PRS makes batches of (overpriced) left handed guitars every so often and then are never heard of again. In other words left handed guitar availability comes and goes. I've stopped writing about who makes or doesn't make left handed guitars anymore. It changes so much. I was surprised to see that Epiphone this year (2016) is making left handed guitars again. They are one of the greatest flip-floppers of them all. As with Gibson though, Epiphone will never make Explorers, Firebirds, or Flying Vs. For guitars like those you should invest in a Gaskell. We have been making them for years. Those models are what we are most famous for. There are a number of lefty-friendly guitar brands that make intermediate level guitars and my hat goes off to them for their consistency and respect for left handed players. They include Schecter, ESP, Tokai, Gretsch, and Dean. They are your friends. Enemy brands include Gibson, BC Rich, Ibanez (recently), Fender, Rickenbacker, and PRS. There are no good reasons why they don't make…
20 Mar 2016
(Click on title to view text and media.) I am releasing a revised version of the Gaskell left handed 7 string Explorer guitar this year. I have just updated my templates to be able to fit the Evertune 7 string bridge. If you do not know about Evertune bridges I thoroughly recommend you look into them. Per their product description, the Evertune 7 string bridge is meant for a Strat guitar. I needed to make some modifications to my templates to fit this one-of-a-kind bridge system to an Explorer body. It wasn't difficult, and I have done this. Now you can get a left handed 7 string Explorer guitar with an Evertune bridge! That's a first for left handed guitars in the world! Here are two videos by Evertune about their incredible bridge system. The first is general, the second demonstrates the 7 string bridge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAtnUz82HdY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW_iiNo2ECE
02 Feb 2016
Welcome to 2016, fellow lefty guitarists and bassists. As you may know, I announced at the end of last year that I would not be taking any new orders for guitars. I did not give a reason at that time. The reason was because I was exploring the possibilities of relocating Gaskell Guitars to New Zealand. I have spent many months involved with this and have just returned to Sydney, from New Zealand after a long time there. The decision I have made is to stay in Australia at this time. This means that Gaskell Guitars is fully open for business in 2016. We are taking new orders and we are in full operation including set ups, upgrades, cases for left handed guitars, etc.
26 Jan 2016
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!
24 Jun 2015