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Ernie Carletti

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Ernie Carletti
Born April 9, 1975 (1975-04-09) (age 39)
Childs, Maryland)

Ernie Carletti is/was a guitar player and guitar teacher.


short bio

He has played in the band Naughty Naughty. Ernie was a member of the heavy metal band Iced Earth (replacing Ralph Santolla) for 4 months, although he didn't appear on any records or perform live with the band. Carletti would be replaced by Tim Mills.

Around 2004, Carletti discovered Impact Artist Promotions and employed their artist marketing and promotional services. Here Carletti "amped it up" with a full-scale customised IAP artist identity package.

Shortly after this, Carletti gained some endorsements, like Gibson Gear, Voodoo Amps, Voodoo Lab, Hot Picks USA, TurboTrem and Damage Control. The most significant proved to be with Bernie Rico Jr. Guitars.

After meeting Carletti, Rico Jr. was crafting and distributing two Ernie Carletti signature model guitars (the "Dr. Jekyll" and the "Mr. Hyde") and featuring Carletti in the Bernie Rico Jr. Guitars booth at the 2006 NAMM conference in Anaheim, CA.

Friday June 30, 2006 Schaffer officially announced the addition of Carletti into Iced Earth on the band's message board.

According to Carletti, Jon Schaffer was introduced to Carletti's skills through Bernie Rico Jr., who's father founded B.C. Rich Guitars.

Ernie was to be on The Wicked World Tour.


Carletti has been in or contributed to:

  • Mazkerade
  • Oversoul
  • Uforia
  • Scream Clan,
  • Naughty Naughty
  • Blackball
  • Slikhelvetika


  • Whether Ernie actually did what he is accused of, only he, the accuser and the "powers that be" know for sure.
  • This site or its owners have no opinion on the matter.

On September 19, 2006, he was arrested stemming from a 2003 indecent where he allegedly held a University of Delaware woman at gunpoint. He was held on $335,000 Cash Bond at Gander Hill prison in Delaware.

On October 9th, 2006 Jon Schaffer stated on Iced Earth's website that Ernie will no longer be apart of the band.

On Nov. 19, 2007, Carletti was found guilty of the charges and sentenced to 33 years in prison.

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