Larry Carlton: "I believe my Sire line is better than anything Fender's Squier line is producing. These are great guitars, and I believe in them"

Larry Carlton performs 'The Crusaders Remembered & Greatest Hits Steely Dan' at Billboard Live on June 9, 2022 in Tokyo, Japan.
(Image credit: Jun Sato/WireImage/Getty)

When it was announced that longtime Gibson endorsee Larry Carlton was rolling out a signature line with Sire, the guitar world's collective eyebrows were undoubtedly raised.

After all, Carlton had recorded countless iconic records with his '69 Gibson ES-335. And, of course, Carlton has been known to deploy a raft of other vintage six-strings, specifically a gorgeous blonde '51 Telecaster. So, after all these years, why has Carlton put down his vintage axes for budget-friendly Sire models?

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.