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Rick Nielsen/Cheap Trick

Guitars and Straps 

Rick Nielsen has been a friend and a supporter of mine for the past 10 years and the first major artist to put me on the map. Rick was the one who put me on the Tonight Show, American Pickers, and set me up to create some soon to be available guitars, for some of his most famous Guitar hero/icons themselves as well as the guitar playing public. This shot was taken on 8/11/18 at Fenway Park in front of thousands of fans and shows Rick debuting my single humbucker Korina relic model. Saying he loved it couldn't be enough to describe the thrill of him using this very new, untested model live in front of all those people. Rick usually uses a guitar for one song and then immediately switches to another guitar. That's been his MO for 40 years. This day he used it right through to the second song and that says alot. Kudos to this Icon and friend. Rick Nielsen. 

Some Cool KISS Press...

Paul Stanley Costume Pieces by Carlino Guitars


So...for the Final Kiss tour I was asked to design Paul's new stage belt which turned also into remnants being used on his boots as well. The design first started out as a strap deisgn I made a couple of years ago that Paul levitated towards. 


 The belt made from studs, the finest leather and Swarovski rhinestones adorn every inch of this fantastic stage belt. 

Having being asked to do this now brings it into the realm of being part of KISSTORY

Since I already make his straps and Rhinestone his guitars, it was a natural addition. 

Mark Slaughter/ Slaughter
Congratulations to Mark Slaughter of the legendary rock band
Slaughter. Originally fronting Xcursion, Mark left to explore new options and became lead singer of the Vinnie Vincent Invasion and with his vocals, led the band.Mark then left on his own to start the widely popular band Slaughter, aptly named after himself, spawning 4 Top 30 hits and an American Music Award to boot, with his original band mate Dan Strum.  He then added guitarist Tim Kelly who sadly passed away in accident and for past 20 years with Jeff Blando another Carlino Guitar and strap artist. Mark has been an amazing supporter and has added 4 models to his growing arsenal, two Impulses, an Icarus and an Iluminati. Aside from being a very good honest and true friend Mark is as capable guitarist as any and lays down blistering riffs that would shake up anyones repetoire.
Check out Slaughter on the road soon, strat mid Jan 2020.
or visit their site at
Sam Cristea/ Lead Guitarist of  LILIAC  
Congratulations to Sam Cristea of the band Liliac for scoring an endorsement with Carlino Guitars.  He is 1/5 of a Family band out of California that is setting the world on fire. Their videos on You tube 
are viewed in the millions with one video so far amassing 4.3 million views. 
Their live show is an amazing experience from the singer Melody belting out strains reminiscent of Ronnie James Dio to Drum Riffs from Abigail echoing Metallica, these guys and girls rock. Just recently off the stage from the KISS KRUISE IX they gained a ton of new fans and really showed what they bring to the table. Fangs worlwide love this band, and I would hope so, their parents reign from Transylvania, watch out, this band can bite. Sam is using the Carlino Identity and Iluminati on tour and will also sport my Strap designs as well and the new album will have him using our brand on the new record exclusively. 
Congrats Sam , rock on 
Some Cool Press...

Carlino Guitar Picks and Straps


Lately doing tons of laser work. Alot of custom guitar picks as well. Local Music Gear

web site just reviewed out picks and gave a stellar review on the product. We sent them

24 picks of 6 different kinds of woods and the writer loved them all. See the review at

We also sent Justin Timberlake some custom straps and picks this month and he was seen

rocking them at the Grammy's Pre party and on Good Morning America in prepration for his

big summer tour.

Also made him 7 more straps that he wore at the local Fenway Park Shows with JZ on the Legends of Summer Tour 2013, where he sported Boston JT Strong straps during his guitar playing songs..


Just added this week, Jon Levin from the band Dokken, Nuno Bettencourt and Pat Badger from the Boston Band Extreme all using our custom leather guitar straps.