Gibson’s Lost Guitar Design Has Finally Got Build After 65 Years

Gibson’s Lost Guitar Design Has Finally Got Build After 65 Years

gibson-lost-guitar-design-theodore-after-65-years-buildGibson's Lost Guitar Design Has Finally Got Build After 65 Years

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 these guitar models:

  • the Les Paul
  • ES-335
  • Flying V
  • Explorer
  • Firebird
  • the SG

But as always, history is constantly changing, and so it is today. On March 18th, 1957, Ted detailed and signed his drawing for a new solid-body instrument which was never produced until today.

This March, Gibson Custom Shop is proud to present the “Theodore” guitar model inspired from the original drawing and notes from 1957, by the former president and legendary guitar innovator Ted McCarty.

After 65 years, the musical instrument company and factory Gibson have revived a lost guitar design. For all these years, the design was in the drawer. The instrument was designed around the same time as the Explorer, the Moderne, and the Flying V guitar models.

Notably, the use of the hockey-stick headstock on Theodore’s design from 1957 predated the Explorer’s use of it by a year.

Guitar history aficionados might know that the early prototype Explorers (also known as the Gibson Futura) had a split reverse-V headstock before Gibson changed the design to use the hockey stick for the final model in 1958.


Its unique features include an alder body, scimitar headstock, double Florentine cutaways, and a walnut center strip.

The lightweight, balanced construction is extremely comfortable, and the powerful P-90 pickups produce effortless to sustain and rich diversity of tones.

This very special Archive Collection run is limited to just 318 total instruments offered in three colors: Natural, Cherry, and Ebony. Each includes a Historic-style brown/pink case, a premium leather strap, a print of the original signed drawing, a 1957-style catalog page print, and a deluxe Certificate of Authenticity booklet.

The Theodore guitar model is listed for $4,999. Find more information on


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