How did I buy it? Well, Larry came to Cologne where VA had just opened a shop to do a concert and a guitar-workshop the next day. He left that very guitar there. It was displayed in the shop for some time and later offered for sale. It was not cheap, but I was indeed lucky to get it. To make sure I got proof what this is about, I asked the shop-manager to have a confirmation from Studio City, and the guys there were very cooperative and faxed a copy of the original order form.
It's indeed a really unique and outstanding instrument; serial number is A335; ordered by Larry Carlton (12/17/82) and played almost entirely on his LP record "Friends in 1983; I have a copy of the original order form as well as printed and photographic documents to prove that this was Larrys main axe in early 1983; the order form states every detail of the guitar; the ash body has a bookmatched rosewood top with a herringbone binding; the neck is birdseye maple with a very thick ebony fretboard, the headstock is the original Fender Telecaster style unlike the later Valley Arts style ; the guitar has a prototype (!) Floyd Rose system ; the pickups are a `59 S.Duncan in the neck position and a S. Duncan Invader at the bridge; both pickups can be turned single-coil by push/push pots, and the tonal range is very wide; the guitar has the original Strap Lock system; the original Fender tweed case has the logo "Larry Carlton on it; the guitar is in excellent condition with no dents or bruises at all; nothing has been altered or replaced, and it's both a highly collectible guitar and a wonderful playable and sounding instrument; I played this guitar for a long time over a Dumble Steel String Singer, and, man, that was tone heaven. I decided to let it go since I do not play electric guitar anymore (just like the original owner of the Dumble SSS who sold it to me back then for that reason). I sold almost all my instruments and my amps, Gibsons and Fenders from the 50s and 60s, and I kept this wonderful guitar for sentimental reasons. I promise to a possible new owner that he will be 100% satisfied with sound, playability and overall performance. In fact it would be a pity to lock it away.
I am open to offers that should be in the range what a decent Dumble amp costs today. I would even consider a trade for a Dumble Overdrive Special that would be a good match for the only electric guitar I will keep: the 1968 Les Paul Standard Goldtop that I earned with hard factory work as a student in the sameI am open to offers that should be in the range what a decent Dumble amp costs today. I would even consider a trade for a Dumble Overdrive Special that would be a good match for the only electric guitar I will keep: the 1968 Les Paul Standard Goldtop that I earned with hard factory work as a student in the same year it was built.
Year it was built.