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Inspired by Original Drawings From 1957

Gibson’s legendary former president Theodore ‘Ted’ McCarty helped develop some of the most iconic electric guitars ever during the 1950s and early 1960s, including the Les Paul™, ES-335, Flying V™, Explorer™, SG™, and Firebird™ models. He enjoyed sketching new instrument ideas during meetings, and the height of his creative output was in 1957 when he sought to modernize Gibson’s electric guitar designs significantly.



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. 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 sustain and a 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.


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Gibson P-90 Front

P-90 Single Coil Pickup

Legendary Tone

First introduced in the early 1950s, Gibson's legendary P90 single coil pickup produced a raw powerful tone that helped define the blues and rock and roll in their formative years. Today, the P90's traditional combination of high output and brilliant tone is still considered a favorite among many top musicians. Known by such familiar nicknames as the "Soapbar" and the "Cobalt," the P90 still cuts through any type of music, all while displaying amazing tonal sensitivity for everything from blues and rock to mellow jazz riffs. It's perfect as a vintage replacement, and features vintage, braided two-conductor wiring. It's also fully wax potted to eliminate any chance of unwanted microphonic feedback.

Theodore Specifications

Body

Body Shape
Theodore
Body Material
2-Piece Alder with Walnut Center Strip
Finish
Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Neck

Material
Mahogany
Profile
Chunky 1957 C Shape
Scale Length
24.75" / 628.65mm
Fingerboard Material
Indian Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius
12"
Number Of Frets
22
Frets
Historic Gibson Narrow/Tall
Nut Material
Nylon
Nut Width
1.69" / 42.85mm
Inlays
Pearloid Dot
Joint
Long Tenon, Hide Glue Fit
Headstock
Scimitar
Headstock inlay
Gibson Logo in Mother of Pearl

Hardware

Finish
Nickel
Tuner Plating
Nickel
Bridge
Wraparound
Tuning Machines
Kluson Six In-Line with Cream Buttons
Pickguard
4-ply Black
TrussRod
Adjustable
Truss Rod Cover
Historic Stepped 2-ply
Control Knobs
Historic Black Top Hats
Switch Tip
Amber
Switchwasher
Historic Black
Control Covers
Black
Strap Buttons
2 - Aluminum
Pickup Covers
Black Soapbar

Electronics

Neck Pickup
Custom Soapbar P-90
Bridge Pickup
Custom Soapbar P-90
Controls
2 Volume, 2 Tone, 500K CTS Audio Taper Potentiometers, Bumblebee Capacitors, Hand-Wired
Pickup Selector
3-Way Switchcraft
Output Jack
1/4" Switchcraft

Miscellaneous

Strings Gauge
.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046
Case
Historic Brown/Pink Hardshell
Accessories
Premium Leather Strap, a Print of the Original Signed Drawing, a 1957-style Catalog Page Print, and a Deluxe Certificate of Authenticity Booklet

In order to continually improve the design, quality and performance of our products and instruments and to make use of the best materials at all times, Gibson reserves the right to change specifications without notice.