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

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The design brief was for a guitar that worked like a tele but was different to the others he owns. I worked up this design with Joe giving the OK at each stage of the project development as he had a very specific outcome in mind.

Joe chose the timbers and was involved at all stages of the build. He now feels the guitar is very much a part of himself and has said publicly that he'd take it to his grave. He ended up with a unique guitar which has a beautiful tone quite unlike any I have built previously. It can be heard extensively on Joe’s double album "The Prospector's Doubt / Here's Luck!" Obviously the the DNA of Leo Fenders 1948 design is hard to miss.

Joe says "The guitar is amazing. it's the best I have ever played. The tone is like nothing I’ve heard before."

The bridge, saddles, ferrules and string tree are by Rutters guitars. I used the very best available parts throughout this build.

The prospector #22
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#22 The prospector
#22 The Prospector
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#22 The Prospector

• Model: Astrocaster (C)
• Body: Tassie Blackwood caps, Vic Ash core
• Finish - Hand rubbed oil
• Neck: Vic Ash /Cooktown ironwood fret board.: 25.5”scale, 9.5" radius,
• Tuners: Gotoh
• Pickups: Brierley - 52 tele lead, Firebird neck
• Bridge, Rutters hardware set for tele
• Pick Guard - Copper plate
• Electronics: Cts pots -Switchraft hardware, Tr bleed
• Controls: master volume and tone - 3 way selector
• Weight: 3.4 kg - 8lbs
• Serial number 22-271112

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.
email or text - call - 0404 094 150 or

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