Gibson Custom Shop Larry Carlton Signature 335


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.

The Gibson ES335 Larry Carlton Signature Electric Guitar features all the personal specs of the man known as Mr. ES335 from the custom neck profile to the burst finish.

The top, back and sides are plain laminated maple with cream binding on the top and back. The super comfortable set neck is one piece mahogany with a 22 fret rosewood fretboard and block inlays. Hardware consists of chrome Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge and Schaller D6 tuners. The Carlton ES335 is equipped with two powerful yet smooth Gibson 1957 Classic humbuckers.

Body and Neck

This legendary instrument features plain laminated maple top, back, and rims, with single-ply, crème-colored binding around the top and back. The finish has been dubbed the “Carlton Burst” for its resemblance to the faded burst finish on Carlton’s original guitar. The standard 24 3/4-inch scale neck features a slim-taper profile, topped with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, pearloid block inlays and single-ply binding along the fingerboard.


A pair of Gibson’s legendary ’57 Classic pickups deliver all the warm, full tone and balanced response expected from a Gibson humbucker. Other standard appointments include a Nashville Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, Schaller M6 tuners and chrome-finished hardware. The Larry Carlton ES-335 from Gibson Custom comes with the standard Gibson Custom 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