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Gibson Larry Carlton Signature ES-335 Vintage Sunburst  (Used)

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An exact replica of the 335 that was the cornerstone of Mr. 335's unmistakable sound!

"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. Includes case.


  • 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
  • Schaller M6 tuners
  • Includes case

For all-around versatility and sweetness of tone, you won't find a better instrument. Make it yours today.

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Instrument Not As Expected

By guitarznmoon

from Mesquite, TX

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    Comments about Gibson Larry Carlton Signature ES-335:

    I was very excited to purchase one of these legendary guitars. As soon as I opened the case I was very disappointed not to see the Gibson Custom Shop Logo and the "MR 335" logo on the truss cover. After some investigation it appears that Gibson has changed thier production process on this guitar and there is a gap between the disclosure of the old and the new specifications. They now manufacture this instrument entirely in the Memphis shop and do not pass it back through the Custom Shop at Memphis or in Nashville. This was probably to reduce production cost. Per Gibson's website, the new designation on the Carlton 335 now includes the words "Memphis Standard". I unfortunately ordered mine under the pretenses that this was a Custom Shop issue with the Carlton truss logo. I was equally disappointed to hear a guitar that was devoid of the rich and woody tone normally associated with the ES-335. Although the intonation, feel and build quality of the instrument was very nice, the acoustic and amplified tone of this guitar was very thin and lifeless. I was unimpressed with the instrument and promptly returned it.

    I do not in any way blame Musicians Friend about the lack of disclosure on the model changes. This was an honest mistake. Bill from the Private Reserve team handled the situation perfectly.

    The bottom line is that there are two builds on the Carlton Signature 335. One is from the Gibson Custom Shop and the newer models are not. How the two compare is beyond my knowledge but from the newer perspective this one was just not for me. I will look onward for one of the Custom Shop models.

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


    Beautiful Guitar

    By Hunter Twiford

    from Mississippi

    Comments about Gibson Larry Carlton Signature ES-335:

    Beautiful finish, wonderful tone, superb workmanship. A work of art. I had a late 60s ES-335 back in the day, and my Carlton is everything that guitar was and more. I couldn't be more pleased with it.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


    The Real Deal

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Gibson Larry Carlton Signature ES-335:

    I don't do reviews,, seriously ,, however, when I am moved in such a way as this guitar I like to let others know,, This guitar is truly a beautiful instrument. Not sure about any Q.C issues with gibson,, Mine arrived in mint condition and was set up perfect. I have nothing to add to it is everything I was hoping for. Can't play it enough is my complaint.

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    Lary Carlton 335

    By Moe Bass Man

    from Boston

    Comments about Gibson Larry Carlton Signature ES-335:

    Great guitar. Killer neck -- perfect balance between a thinline and a full '50's baseball bat neck. Great sustain, very versatile.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)



    By Alan - Georgia

    from Dublin, GA

    Comments about Gibson Larry Carlton Signature ES-335:

    I recently purchased this guitar. I expected there may be some finish flaws under close inspection. I was suprised, this unit was nearly perfit. The finish quality was amazing. Plugged it up and started recording right away. Absolutely no issues, and it was everything I expected and more. The tone from this 335 is great. I must say, the pick guard finish fit around the neck pickup was perfect. I have not seen this in a Gibson for many years. Fingerboard inlay fit and finish, nearly perfect.

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