Gibson Larry Carlton Signature ES-335 Vintage Sunburst 886830985058

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"It's common knowledge that, by luck, my 335 sounds better than any we had ever heard in the '70s," says Carlton, "it has a unique evenness and fatness that isn't dark. I made sure they copied it very... Read More

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"It's common knowledge that, by luck, my 335 sounds better than any we had ever heard in the '70s," says Carlton, "it has a unique evenness and fatness that isn't dark. I made sure they copied it very closely." As the guitar ace on over 3,000 studio dates, Carlton prized his 335 for its amazing versatility for everything from light pop to hard bop. Custom heavy neck profile, Carlton Burst finish, and '57 Classic humbuckers make it just like the master's.

Features
  • Laminated maple top, back, and sides
  • One-piece mahogany neck
  • Bound 22-fret rosewood fingerboard
  • Pearloid block inlays
  • '57 Classic humbucking pickups
  • Binding on top and back
  • Custom Larry Carlton neck profile
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GibsonLarry Carlton Signature ES-335
 
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5.0

The best guitar I have ever played

By Bob DiGuardia

from Boston, MA

Comments about Gibson Larry Carlton Signature ES-335:

I have been playing for about 45 years. I have amassed a great quantity of guitars but this one is the best of the best. I have been a fan of Larry Carlton since I heard him playing on a Christopher Cross album and had to find out who was this guy with the fluid, flowing style. In my opinion he is one of the finest Jazz/Rock/Blues, heck, all around guitar players performing today. I have always envied his sound and coincidentally had a significant birthday coming and asked for the LC 335. I had to wait 2 weeks for it, but it was well worth the wait. I did take advantage of the discount offered for opening a GC credit card. The savings amounted to twice what I paid for an Epiphone Dot to satisfy my jonesing for a 335 around ten years ago. When I finally put my hands on it in the store, I played it for about an hour. It is a gorgeous instrument both visually and aurally. It is responsive to every nuance of your approach to playing which is something that Larry seems to use lots in his music. It is also surprisingly light, (which may go to it being so responsive), for an instrument of its' size. The fit and finish are mostly what you would expect from the Gibson custom shop. The frets are not covered by the neck binding, which may explay why they feel a bit rough. Speaking of the neck, it is just the right size and radius for someone who tries to be as fluid as LC. Although this is by far the most expensive guitar I have ever purchased, it is worth every penny. It inspires me to play it, and makes me sound much better than the aforementioned Epiphone Dot. When you reach a certain age, and can finally afford all those toys that you dreamt about in your younger days, it a great to finally get something you have wanted for over 20 years and no buyer?s remorse whatsoever. (Is there such a thing as buyer?s euphoria??) Treat yourself to this guitar, you will not be disappointed!

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5.0

True to the player

By Sean Ritchey

from La Mesa, CA

Comments about Gibson Larry Carlton Signature ES-335:

The Gibson Custom Shop Larry Carlton Signature ES-335 is true to the original es-335 larry carlton made famous almost 40 years ago. Standing out from all other es-335's with its beautiful finish, dynamic pickups, and schaller tuners, if you are looking for one of the best semi-hollowbody guitars or trying to immitate that larry carlton look this guitar is fro you.

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