GIBSON Reaches Deep For 1957, Ted McCarty-Created Theodore Guitar

Gibson is reaching deep into their archives for the 1957 design of the Theodore guitar. The Theodore was unique for its time, featuring an Alder body, scimitar headstock, double Florentine cutaways, and a Walnut center strip, and even P90 pickups. McCarty died in 2001 and the Theodore is now being produced in a limited 318 guitar run, as a nod to the March 18 date his concept was completed.


“Before the electric guitar changed the face of music, there was Ted McCarty. Arguably the most influential president of any guitar company ever, Ted McCarty is responsible for bringing the Les Paul, ES-335, Flying V, Explorer, Firebird, the SG, and more to life in his nearly two decades at Gibson.

“You can’t have a conversation about guitar history without Ted. On March 18th, 1957, Ted detailed and signed his drawing for a new solid-body instrument which was never produced…until now. Gibson Custom Shop is proud to present the ‘Theodore,’ inspired by Ted McCarty’s original drawing and notes”

The Theodore is available here for $4,999.

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