I build ORIGNAL DESIGNS of CARTER GUITAR that you can see for yourself here. These are my favourite individual designs from the past couple of years that I have been trying out with different components - these designs can be made to order using your choice of materials/components and design features. All enquiries should be emailed to

Prices for a Carter guitar like the ones below start from £700 depending entirely on what materials are used and what components you require. You can choose all materials and components before construction begins, and rest assured I will be more than happy to advise on wood types, and construction techniques during this process.

I would ask for a 50% deposit up front as standard to cover cost of materials, with the rest payable on completion. Turnaround time is about 3-6 months once I receive a deposit and order the materials.



2012 Carter

- bookmatched Walnut top with mahogany back and neck. Rosewood fingerboard, abolone dot markers. Natural non tinted finish with clear nitrocellulose and beeswax.

- Cream plastic bound body and fingerboard, set neck with shallow 2 degree angle

- Seymour Duncan single coil neck pickup, Seymour Duncan hotrails bridge pickup with coil tap switch.

- 3 way pickup selector with simple master volume and tone controls. CTS pot

- hardtail chrome bridge, chrome pickup surrounds, big strap buttons




2011 Carter

- white nitro cellulose tint finish on a contoured oak top with f-holes, sycamore back, one piece maple neck, two way truss rod, ebony fingerboard, 2mm white binding on neck and body, 4.5 degree angle set neck

- Dimarzio virtual P90s, 3 way selector switch, 2 volumes and 2 tone controls with black/silver top hat knobs, coil tapped pickups activated by push/pull pots

- Grover tuners, jumbo nickel silver frets, mother of pearl dots, chromed bridge/tailpiece, Schaller strap locks


Carter handmade guitar features and options:

- Carter unique body shape/design

- Bound tonewood body featuring a bookmatched top on a one, two or three piece back (optional contoured/chambered top and f-holes). Reclaimed wood options available

- One piece maple neck construction or three piece laminate mahogany neck set into the body

- T.CARTER name on headstock. Details of when the guitar was made on the rear

- First quality exotic wood fingerboard with dot markers, binding and jumbo nickel silver frets

- Two way action truss rod

- 630mm or 650mm scale length

- 2 or 3 pickup setup. Your choice of pickup brand and type featuring pickup selector switch and volume/tone controls suited to the setup

- Tune-o-matic style bridge/tailpiece, tremolo, hardtail top mounted bridge options available

- Rear or front routed control cavity with copper cavity shielding and shielded cabling

- Nitrocellulose tint or clear spray finish of your choice. Oil and wax finish also available.

- Optional straplock upgrade

- Optional Hiscox hard shell LP case (which the Carter Standard model was designed to fit into perfectly)

(Other Custom features are available at your request such as alternative fret markers/extra pickups/alternative wiring- quotes can be issued for these)

There are various options available for the types of wood used to construct your guitar - obviously some specimens are more expensive than others depending on the species, grain quality etc. - this will be taken into account when working out your quote. I endeavour to source woods from sustainable and legitimate sources - including use of reclaimed woods. Below are a few options of the popular woods used in guitar construction:

Body Top (bookmatched or single piece) Neck Fingerboard

African Mahogany





Curly maple

Spalted maple

Quilted maple


African Mahogany

Maple (curly or plain)


Indian Rosewood


I can also obtain reclaimed woods to build your guitar - this does not necessarily mean it will be cheaper as reclaimed woods often need a lot more preparation. You can use pretty much any species of wood to build guitars (there is a lot of debate over tonewoods and what sounds best but this is mostly down to personal preference). If you are after something slightly different from the norm (eg. oak, fir, iroko etc) then I will quite happily work with you in making your dream guitar a reality!


Finally here are just some of the options for brands of other components used - most customers will have an idea of what they would like to use but it's worth listing a few popular brands so you can head off and check out reviews and youtube demos etc. Follow the links if you are interested

Pickups Machine heads Other parts

Seymour Duncan


Bare Knuckle (UK hand wound)

Kent Armstrong

Lindy Fralin (very cool US hand wound)

Heywood (US hand wound)






Bridge/tailpiece - Gotoh, Bigsby, Schaller, Hipshot, Wilkinson, ABR-1 and Nashville repro etc

Straplocks - Boston, Schaller etc

Pots/switches - Alpha, CTS, CGE, Switchcraft etc


Payment for your Carter guitar can be made by cash or cheque. Delivery will be arranged either in person or by courier (guitar ideally shipped in hard case). Delivery to UK mainland by courier is £25.

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To see what range of materials and components are available to you check out the following suppliers (of which there are many others too) Huge US based guitar parts suppliers UK supplier of many types of guitar building tonewoods and supplies