At 0:54 in this video interview, Larry Carlton talks about his most notable guitar, saying, "Yeah this guitar is the one that I played the majority of my sessions on and my solo records on. The choice to get the 335 was actually a very practical choice for me and so know I play a lot of different styles of music and for me I wanted to get a guitar that could cover a lot of bags so I didn't always have to switch to a bebop guitar for this blues guitar for that and this one covers most of the bags that I want to play or was called on to play. So that's how I ended up picking the 335 and the little store I went to in 1969 to buy a 335, it had three 335s hanging on the wall and I chose this one out of it because it sounded the best to me and the rest is really history, isn't it? ... Brand new...Yeah 1969... although I ended up carrying everything but this one seemed to cover most so I didn't have to keep pulling a new guitar out." Asked if the guitar has had many modifications to it Larry responded, "Not really. Obviously the stop tailpiece because it came with the trapeze; same original pickups; a number of fret jobs over the years because I played it so much and we put in it the graphite nut. Long time ago Mike McGuire said gotta try this man there is no stick and it won't ever wear out and it doesn't stick and doesn't wear out other than that, you know, replace the tuning pegs when you need it... Nothing else. Yeah I copied this guitar [1969 ES-335] and it's really cool they came out really good... They copied everything and even the color they call this a Carlton Burst and so that's the label on it."more
Excellent guitar for blues, jazz, rock, yes and even hard ass rock. These puppies can howl. Equipped with a rather low output PAF It's the tone that sends the chickens home to roost. There's a reason why players such as Joe Bonamassa, Larry Carton, and Robin Ford play this guitar. I had one because Chuck had one, cause Keith had one, because Rick Derringer had one.
"For me to be myself, I have to play a Les Paul. I plug it in and it sounds like me—exactly the way I’m supposed to sound. Anything else just doesn’t make sense." — Joe Bonamassa from [this Gibson].