Carlton Guitars
Ray Carlton Custom Guitars
Boronia Victoria Aust. email
0404 094 150

No. 18-100411 The Taipan
I named This guitar after the Taipan, a deadly and very aggressive Australian snake. Similar colours with a big presence and totally devastating when in attack mode. It was built from scratch here in my workshop. The neck and body core is Victorian ash. A tough plain grained very resonant hardwood milled in the mountains north east of here. It is a pleasure to work with and has a bright and spanky tone. The cap is Queensland maple and the fretboard is Indian rosewood. Tone is aggressive and fiery and I was actually quite surprised at how belligerent this guitar could be. In contrast there is miles of warm and mellow if you need that. It will generate controllable feed back in the right conditions.

No.18-100411 The Taipan
No.18-100411 The Taipan
No.18-100411 The Taipan
No.18-100411 The Taipan
No.18-100411 The Taipan
No.18-100411 The Taipan
• Model: Taipan
• Body: Chambered- Qld maple cap, Vic ash core
• Finish - Burnished
• Neck: Vic ash /Rwood, scale 25.5”, radius 12", std C profile
• Tuners: Gotoh locking minis
• Pickups: Hand-wound Brierley PAF repros
• Bridge: Wilkinson VS100N
• Electronics: Switchraft hardware, CTS pots
• Controls: master volume and tone, 3 way selector, phase switch
• Weight: 2.9 kg - 6.4lbs
• Serial number 018-100411

The new owner writes:

My new guitar! Yesterday I bought a Ray Carlton Custom hollow body Taipan model & haven't put it down! A mesmerising and unique sounding guitar. Its body is lively and resonant. and loosely based off a Charvel Surfcaster & a Fender Jazzmaster but smaller body!

The name fits like a hand in a velvet glove! Don't be deceived by the subtle appearance, this stick box has a deadly bite! ("Tone is aggressive and fiery and I was actually quiet surprised how belligerent this guitar can be".) As written in Rays description ! I agree 100%

Sometimes the unexpected is the most exciting! This will most likely be my main fret weapon! It's hand made in Melbourne with all Aussie tone woods & was Rays personal stage guitar for a year.

This belligerent tone box is loaded with incredible sounding pick ups hand scatter wound in Adelaide by Mick Brierley. These humbuckers are vintage low output PAF’s that are very punchy, bright and aggressive ! It also has a neck pick-up tap, for out of phase Peter Green tones! The Taipan will be perfect for Medicine Man, Vampire, Serpentine & some of the new ballads!

Thanks Ray for building magnificent custom original guitars!

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 outer 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
Bayswater, Belgrave, Boronia, Chirnside, Clematis, Croydon, Emerald, Ferntree Gully, Glen Waverley, Heathmont, Kallista, Kalorama, Kilsyth, Knoxfield, Liliydale, Lysterfield, Menzies Creek, Monbulk, Montrose, Mount Dandenong, Mt Evelyn, Olinda, Ringwood, Rowville, Scoresby, Selby, Tecoma, The Basin, The Patch, Upwey, Vermont, Wantirna, Wonga Park