Retire? Can’t do it. I lasted a month… However, I have had a very detailed discussion with Charles, who is the builder of Gaskell guitars and basses, and has his own popular brand, and we have decided to make some changes and launch a new lefty-exclusive guitar brand: Kevin Gaskell Guitars. Yes, you heard it right.
I have learned a lot in the last 10 years and my knowledge and ability to design and produce left handed guitars has evolved beyond what I could have imagined when I started. It has been a real “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” experience. It seems a waste to let all of that go. There still isn’t a guitar manufacturer today that makes just left handed guitars. Gaskell Guitars is the one-and-only brand 100% dedicated to left handed players. 100% over 10 years.
To be fair, the Chinese have been getting progressively better and better at making guitars. In the last 10 years they have learned from the best and they are turning out very good instruments made of good materials. They do have a trick though that can throw people off: they will build a “$600 dollar”, but put a set of Seymour Duncan or DiMarzio pickups in it and it instantly becomes a “$1100 guitar.” Chinese guitars will always be cheaper than boutique guitars but the markets are completely different.
The new Kevin Gaskell Guitars will reflect the accumulation of everything I have learned over the last 10 years, including the vast amount of feedback, thoughts, emotions, ideas, and comments from left handed players the world over. If there is anyone in the world that really understands left handed guitarists, that is me.
I will again focus on making instruments that utilize the best materials and hardware. That much will not change. However, I will now do batch runs of specific models starting with Explorer (our #1 seller) and the Gaskell “Eagle” Superstrat. Two models to start with.
STARTING NEXT MONTH: I will be making a run of 5 only left handed Superstrat guitars. This will be followed by a run of 5 only left handed Explorers.
That’s how we will proceed from here.
In the words of Ozzy Osbourne ca. 1995: “Retirement sucks.”