Ray Carlton Custom Guitars
Carrum Downs Victoria Australia. email 0404 094 150
T Type Blackguard No. #16-150810
I always intended this to be my own personal guitar and from the early spring of 2010 it was my #1. I always swore this guitar would be pulled from my cold dead hands. In November 2012 a nice bloke named Dave made me a very generous offer on it at a time money was short and the groceries mighty plain. Turns out Dave and I were at state school together way back in 1955. If you see this guitar come up for sale it is a pearler.
In this build I attempted to reveal the true nature of the look and feel of the natural timber. US Swamp Ash has a very seductive feel when polished to a high gloss and minimal finish is applied. As the years roll by the the harder growth rings accentuate as the softer tissue in between are ever so slightly worn away by the body and clothes of the player. A final intimate shaping of the wood taking place over years and years of playing.
The hardware is modern technology but echoes the look of what was used in the 50's at the Fender Fullerton factory right down to the slot head screws. It has the Blackguard vibe with modern "advantages" Great tone with one of my all time my favourite pickup combos.
• Model: T 51
• Body: One piece US Swamp Ash
• Finish: Oil and wax micro coat - unfilled grain
• Neck: Maple, 9.5" Std C vintage
• Tuners: Gotoh 18:1 Magnum lock tuners
• Pickups: Duncan Broadcaster lead, Brierley hot rhythm
• Bridge Plate: Wilkinson
• Saddles: Rutters Vintage compensated - brass
• Ferrules: Rutters stainless
• String tree: Rutters stainless
• Control plate: Rutters stainless
• Strap buttons: Rutters stainless
• Screws Rutters vintage slotted stainless.
• Electronics: CTS pots, Oak Grigsby switch
• Controls: master volume and tone - 3 way selector
• Weight: 3.1 kg [6.8 lbs]
• Serial number #16-150810
Carlton custom built instruments are made to exacting standards using top quality air dried tone-woods and the finest quality, industry standard hardware available. They are built by my hands from start to finish specifically for you. I I won't compromise quality for price. I am dedicated to creating fine tone unlike the multinational guitar factories that are dedicated to making money.
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My work shop is in Melbourne’s South East side. Contact me any time for a chat about how I can help get your instrument playing the way you need it to.
The workshop is in close proximity to the following suburbs
Carrum Downs, Frankston, Langwarrin, Skye, Seaford, Kananook, Karingal, Bangholme, Dandenong, Keysborough, Lyndhurst, Noble Park, Springvale, Aspendale, Bonbeach, Carrum, Chelsea, Chelsea Heights, Cheltenham,Clarinda, Clayton South, Dingley Village, Edithvale, Heatherton, Highett, Mentone, Mordialloc, Parkdale, Patterson Lakes, Waterways, Mornington, Mount Eliza, Cranbourne, Lynbrook