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

No.54-220517 - The Iron Fist
The name was chosen by the owner for this unique project. Although it looks similar to a model released in the early 60's by a large American manufacturer it has fundamental differences. The body is both longer and thicker, There is also a more pronounced offset at the front horns. The idea was to balance the guitar better than the original design which tends to be headstock heavy. The extra weight achieves excellent balance but did not make it a heavy guitar wegihg in at 3.7kgs. Timber used is White Limba sometimes called Korina. It is very much like mahogany and is known as one of the holy grail tonewoods for solid electric guitars.

A pair of Brieley PAF replica pickups and a complex control circuit allows a wide selection of great tones. A push pull on each of the volume controls gives a coil split in the corresponding pickup. A push pull on the tone control puts the neck pickup out of phase with the bridge. This is active only in the center pickup selector position where both pickups are in parallel.

The result is a great feeling instrument with a wide range of stellar tones. Everything used in the building of this instrument is top shelf including a hand built custom made flight case by C&C cases here in Melbourne.

Demo clip by Brett Kingman

Carlton No.54
Carlton No.54
Carlton No.54
Carlton No.54
Carlton No.54
Carlton No.54
Serial - Number 54-220517
Body - Model SH 1 piece Korina Neck - Korina / mahogany laminate, Pau Ferro board and plate
Neck spec - 12” radius, 22 medium jumbos, Scale 24.75”
Finish - Nitro African Gold
Hardware - Chrome
Pickups - Brierley PAF's nickel covers
Controls - Volume Volume, master tone push pull coil splits and phase reversal
Electronics - Switchcraft toggle pickup selector, Bournes push pull pots orange drop tone cap, high pass filter
Bridge - Graphtec NV1
Tailpiece - Aluminium
Tuners - Gotoh Deluxe SG510 18:1 ratio
Nut - Bone
Guard - Custom BWB 3-ply
Control Knobs - Top hat
End pins - Standard Gibson
Case - C&C Cases custom built flight case.

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 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