Ray Carlton Custom Guitars
Boronia Victoria Aust. email 0404 094 150
Neck through Custom Deluxe #47
This instrument was built to the vision of the owner. He had very specific ideas on the concept on all details from the timbers to be used right down to the switching options in the specialised wiring schematic. It is based on an obvious existing body design but everything else about the guitar is very different from the original.
Timbers are Korina for the center section with a mahagony center strip. The wings are Australian blackwood and fingerboard is premium grade Indian rosewood. Pickups are B90's by Mick Brierley and are wide bobbin single coils with a distinctive tone somewhere between a light wound humbucker and a P90. Tone is very clear with excellent string separation. The bridge pickup is meaty with excellent upper mid response. The neck pickup is warm and sweet.
Switching is via a 5 way rotary selector yeilding bridgealone, bridge and neck in series, bridge and neck in series out of phase, bridge and neck in parralel and neck alone. The tone control is stacked with a bass cut [clarity control] on top and the standard tone [treble cut] control on the bottom. Volume control has a high pass filter allowing more clarity as the volume is rolled back.
It felt great to play, well balanced with an easy low action and a wide tonal pallet available. It is a unique, hand built, one off guitar that it is very unlikely to be built again, at least by myself.
• Model- Lester special neck through
• Body - blackwood wings
• Neck - korina laminate 22.75”, 12" rad, Std C, 22 med jumbos
• Finish - Burnished oils
• Nut - Bone
• Tuners - grover Imperial
• Bridge - Schaller 3d6
• Pickups - Brierley B90
• Electronics - Switchraft, CRL & 500k CTS orange drop caps
• Controls - volume, treble cut, bass cut, 5 way rotary selector
• Weight - 3.6kg
• Serial number - 47-260216
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