Carlton Guitars
Ray Carlton Custom Guitars
Carrum Downs Victoria Australia. email
0404 094 150

#29 1979 Rickenbacker 4001 bass rebuild - not for sale
This was purchased from overseas on Ebay as slightly damaged and arrived at my workshop literally smashed to pieces. The centre section comprising the neck and the body centre beam was bent at the 11th fret and the timbers had shattered just below the headstock to about the 5th fret and de-laminated at the butt. The wings luckily had popped off cleanly. To make things worse a couple of the major fractures had been clumsily glued with epoxy up around the 1st and 2nd fret.

The project brief was to salvage what I could and build it into a usable bass. I had the wings, bridge, tuners, nut, a bunch screws and springs and the electronics. The entire centre beam was beyond repair. I decided to rebuild the centre beam including the neck and headstock and attach the salvaged hardware and wings to it.

Wiring is stock 79 with original pots and caps, knobs and wiring. The jacks were screwed so I replaced those. It got a new guard and bass pickup and the rest is original from the 79 4001.

As it was virtually a full rebuild we decided to go for an early 60's look sans binding and shark-fin inlays.

Detailed build log here---->>

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Original 79 RBacker hardware. Neck through section Rock Maple and Sapele.

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