Mark Gilbert Guitars are superbly made electric guitars, handcrafted in Tasmania, Australia from special species wood and only the finest components.
Master Designer & Craftsman – Mark Gilbert
Mark Gilbert made his first guitar in 1987.
A graduate of the University of Tasmania, Mark was a primary school teacher for a decade, before leaving teaching to pursue a career as a self employed graphic artist and mural painter.
Self taught in the fields of graphic design, signwriting, rotary and laser engraving and screen printing, he started his own promotional products business – Gecko Promotions – which he has been running in partnership with his wife Karen for the past ten years.
Mark has had a keen lover of the blues for nearly 30 years.
In the eighties Mark made friends with a Tasmanian drummer, the late Robin Andrews and his blues band “National Collection”. Through this band he met with many blues greats such as Robert Lockwood Junior, Champion Jack Dupree and Robert Cray, who all signed portraits that Mark had created of them.
In 2011 Mark met Wolf Mail at one of his Tasmanian gigs and showed the bluesman one of his guitars. Wolf was sufficiently impressed by Mark’s skills as a luthier to ask him to create a signature Wolf Mail guitar. Five years on Wolf is an enthusiastic endorser of Mark Gilbert guitars (of which he owns four) and plays them exclusively.