For those of you reading this who are not from Australia, New South Wales as been under tyrannical lockdown for 4 months and our new Communist regime has changed our way of lives forever. Democracy no longer exists in this country. The Law has been subverted and we are truly under Communist rule. Mainstream Media blatantly lies and suppresses Truth. Sadly stupid and gullible people have been falling for these lies. It makes the rest of us who can see through the propaganda very very angry. At least being angry is better than rolling over on your back and playing dead.
While some argue that NSW did not quite get as bad as the Fascist regime controlling the state of Victoria, NSW has nevertheless been not much more than a prison for everyday people while the politicians fill their bank accounts with the kick backs from Astra Zeneca and Pfizer and rob us of our freedom only to give a little bit back after everyone has suffered and expect us to be "grateful" for the little bit of freedom they returned. Disgusting! R.I.P Australia. We will never be the same under this regime. ... As for builds, no one was permitted to work during this time and millions of people were forced into unemployment as a result of our criminal Premier, Gladys Berejiklian who like the traitorous rat she is has conveniently "resigned" in the last month. She is under investigation for criminal conduct but when the criminals are in charge of the Legal system what do you expect the result to be? But that is another story! Gaskell Guitars will continue with builds in January 2022, unless our oppressive government try something else to further destroy each of our lives before then. The future is not certain. Australia is in the middle of a COMMUNIST TAKE OVER. No one wants it to be true. But it is happening. R.I.P Australia.
Just when we thought we were out of the woods.... Covid again. This is getting mighty boring (and stupid.) Lockdowns in Sydney. Work has been put on hold for the two weeks the NSW government expects to keep us imprisoned in our homes.
Our good friend Neal from Leftfretz.com has just published a terrific article on guitar SCALE LENGTH. This is a very important subject when it comes to custom-built guitars. You don't have a say in the matter when you buy an off-the-shelf guitar but if a custom scale length is important to you and what you want is different to a mass produced equivalent, then this information is important and relevant to get your build right. I refer you directly to the Leftfretz web site for this excellently presented information. https://leftyfretz.com/guitar-scale-length-explained/
MARCH 2021. NEW FAQ ABOUT LEGACY GASKELLS
I get a lot of questions about the Legacy Gaskells. As a result I have spent a lot of time putting together a FAQ to answer all your questions. I had never done this before. CLICK HERE (can also be accessed from the RESOURCE page, see above tab.) This FAQ page is intended to have everything you need to know or would like to know about our 2007-2012 factory-made models, e.g. how to date your guitar, what it is made of, when things changed, where things came from. I may have forgotten things so if you have any other questions go ahead and email me.
MARCH 2021. MORE WEBSITE INFORMATION RESTORED AND/OR UPDATED
I have successfully recovered some of the key information that was lost from the old website when it was hijacked which much of it had to be done from scratch. Some of it I have had to re do, from memory. If you see something that is wrong or that I have obviously forgotten about please let me know in an email. Here are the new articles and all can be accessed by going to the RESOURCES page herein. They are:
FEBRUARY 2021. For Sale! NEW OLD STOCK GUITARS FOR SALE!
I have been through storage and have found a number of N.O.S guitars, unfinished or not even assembled. ALL ARE FOR SALE. No pictures until finished unless you are really keen to take one now sight unseen.
** SOLD ** GASKELL CLASSIC SINGLE PICKUP WITH FLOYD ROSE. Colour: white with chrome hardware. Factory-made body, built in 2009 or 2010. Has some scuffs from storage and because of it's age the colour has started to go an off-white colour. A slightly "aged" or "antique" look. Very nice! Genuine rosewood fingerboard. I will be assembling this guitar from N.O.S Gaskell parts and it will be fitted with EMG 81/85s. It will be recorded as a N.O.S 2021 build. Price: AU$ 2000 (US$ 1590, GBP 1125, Euro 1300.)
** SOLD ** GASKELL CLASSIC SINGLE PICKUP WITH FLOYD ROSE. Colour: transparent cherry red with chrome hardware. Factory-made body, built in 2009 or 2010. Grain and colour is very nice. Genuine rosewood fingerboard. There are some small scuff marks from storage. I will attempt to buff those out when I finish it. I will be assembling this guitar from N.O.S Gaskell parts + Seymour Duncan JB/59 pickups. It will be recorded as a N.O.S 2021 build. Price: AU$ 2000 (US$ 1590, GBP 1125, Euro 1300.)
GASKELL CLASSIC ONE-OFF UNFINISHED BUILD. I have also found an Australian-built Gaskell Classic which was never finished. The body is basswood and it was painted matt black in 2017 and never finished. It has been routed for two pickups and a Floyd Rose tremolo. I will be assembling this guitar with N.O.S Gaskell parts, and EMG 81/85 or Seymour Duncan 59/JB pickups which I have brand new, unused. Contact me if you would like to buy this one-off guitar. It will be recorded as a N.O.S 2021 build. Special price to move it on to someone else quickly is AU$ 2500. That's almost HALF PRICE, people. Contact me if you want it.
**NO LONGER FOR SALE** GASKELL EAGLE UNFINISHED. Charles will be finishing an incomplete Custom shop EAGLE build. It is charcoalburst with a flamed maple top. It has twin humbucking pickups with Seymour Duncan 59/JB combo and 5-way selector and a Hipshot wraparound bridge. This was to be a stock guitar but we never finished it. I will sell it if someone is interested in it. If not, I will keep it for myself. Price is AU$ 4000 = US$ 3200 = Euro 2600 = GBP 2249. It will be ready by the end of March 2021.
** SOLD ** NEW OLD STOCK LIMITED EDITION 2011 FIRESTARTER. I have a N.O.S 2011 Limited Edition Firestarter. One of only 6 made. This one was not sold at the time because it needed some finishing and I never got to it and then forgot all about it. In addition to a setup I need to change the selector switch and re-do the nut on it. After that it will be for sale. Priced to clear. I have lost the pick guard for it so it will be without a pickguard. I am not going to make one for it. Price = AU$ 650 (US$ 500, GBP 362, Euro 422.) If I was to build this same guitar in Custom shop it would cost you AU$ 4000.
FEBRUARY 2021. I have met newly with Charles Cilia and we have made an agreement to build the core Gaskell models as custom shop builds in 2021: CLASSIC / XBASS (Explorer) FIRESTARTER / THUNDERBASS (Firebird) and HYBRID (double cut) are the main ones. A left handed Gibson "arctic white" Explorer will cost us AU$4500. For the same money or even a bit less you can get a Gaskell Classic with your choice of woods, hardware, pickups and electronics. The Gaskell Classic is not a clone of the Gibson. We are not breaking any laws. Turnaround time will improve as time goes on but for now will be about 9 months. As lefty players you have two choices of Gibson originals in 2021. Through Gaskell Custom shop you have NO LIMIT OF CHOICES. Splurge on the opportunity.
JANUARY 2021. Welcome to the new Gaskell Guitars website. The old website was hijacked and I have had to make a new one from scratch due to losing a lot of that information including media (photos.) I will be constantly adding to and tidying up the website for as long as it takes for me to reconstruct the lost material and add or re write other information. Bear with me if some things aren't quite right yet. Have a look through the website. This is an ongoing work in progress. FEEDBACK WELCOME.