The Gaskell CONCORD is clearly inspired by the famous Randy Rhoads V, a legendary guitar that due to it's excellent access all the way to the higher frets is considered by many to be the ultimate lead guitar. A number of guitar brands make their own versions of it.
In the beginning I made this guitar only for the Australian and New Zealand markets as original left handed Randy Rhoads V guitars were never available in Australian and New Zealand music stores and could not even be ordered. This was in 2009.
Randy's original 1980 offset V prototype included a Fender bridge, twin volume and tone controls, and pin striping. It was built by Grover Jackson and Tim Wilson. After Randy's tragic death, Grover Jackson formed Jackson Guitars and Randy's design became his first production model. Charvel, ESP, Kramer, Fernandes, Cort, and Washburn went on to make their own variants.
The Gaskell CONCORD is modelled after Randy's 1980 offset V of which there was only one original made. I retained all the features of the original except I moved the pickup selector to where the other controls are instead of on the top "horn" as with the original. The neck is a D speed neck. For copyright reasons we use our standard Gaskell "hockey stick" headstock.
Economic and world events eventually made it impossible to continue to make factory guitars and from 2013 all Gaskell guitars have been 100% made in Australia as individual Custom shop builds.
Update 2021 From 2021 this model can be built not only as a Randy Rhoads original, but as a RRV with Floyd Rose, as an Alexi Laiho ESP, or as a Charlie Parra Vanguard. Priced from AU $3990 (US$ 2900) depending on options.