Gordon Smith Gatsby review

The latest design from the long-running British guitar makers hops on the offset bandwagon. But is the Gatsby great? We find out…

Gordon Smith Gatsby
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

There’s an awful lot to like here. The Gatsby is a stylish, slightly downsized offset at a great price for a UK-made guitar, and there are plenty of customer-order options, not to mention colours available.


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    Tidy build matched by a very attractive price.

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    Versatile duality from the pickups.

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    An excellent in-tune vibrato system.


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    A little fingerboard edge rolling would help, not least with the 305mm fingerboard radius.

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As long-time fans of Gordon Smith guitars in both their original incarnation and their relatively new guise under new owners, the Auden Musical Instrument Company, it’s been a little while since we’ve featured one in our pages. Why? Because, as MD Doug Sparkes is forever telling us, “They’re all sold!” But earlier this year the company’s latest design, the Gatsby, surfaced and finally we got one in its Launch Edition splendour.

The Gatsby was designed to “broaden the appeal of Gordon Smith, certainly for younger players,” Doug tells us. “It isn’t exactly fashion-led, but we feel it’s a little more in the moment. It also provides us with the opportunity to get into a different part of the market. Gordon Smith has never made an offset before so we thought we’d put something out there and see what sort of response we got. And judging by the Launch Edition models – like the one you have – the response has been fantastic.”

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.