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

RustBucket - no serial number
Always wanted to build a guitar that looked like it was dragged out from under a pile of junk at the back of a farm shed. Had a set of Duncans available, a Jerry Donahue Bridge and Vintage Neck which turned out to be a very nicely matched pair. The body was originally a tele knockoff but I decided to cut it back into roughly my old Telstar design and add the contours. Some parts were recycled from other guitars and some were brand new. The hardware was scratched up and subjected to acid, salt, peroxide and various other chemcals until I had what looked right to my eyes.

Despite the rough look of this guitar it was a great player. Nice set of perfectly levelled jumbos and pristine playing surfaces made it feel just right to the hands. Two way truss rod adjusting from the head stock. Top grade electrics throughout and fully shielded against hum. The body surface lookis pitted and a little bumpy in spots but it has been smoothed out and topped with a tough layer of lacquer. One bloke told me it was the ugliest guitar he'd ever seen. Beauty is I guess in the eye of the beholder. I really liked this guitar a lot and was horrified when in less than a week after it was completed an offer was made on it that I could't refuse. So off she went like all the others that I have fallen in love with over the years. At the end of the day they are made to be sold
. The tone? the headstock logo pretty much says it all - stand well back from your amp and be careful who it's pointed at.

Brett Kingman demos the Rustbucket

Body - Telstar -timber unknown - finish - whatever that is
Neck - Maple shaft, Rosewood board, 14"radius, 21 medium jumbos, std C profile
Controls - 3x modern T-type
Hardware - distressed nickel and chrome
Saddles - Plated brass
Bridge plate - .047"cold rolled steel
Pickups - Duncan Jerry Donahue bridge and Duncan STR1 neck
Switching - standard modern 4 x T style with "Strangle" mod on pos two

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