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Gibson Custom Shop Theodore Electric Guitar in Ebony

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    Product Description

    Gibson's legendary former president Theodore "Ted" McCarty was at the forefront of electric guitar design during the 1950s and 1960s. He played a huge role in the development of some of the world's most iconic guitars including the Les Paul, SG, ES-335, Explorer, Flying V and Firebird models. In March 1957, Ted sought to modernise Gibson's electric guitar designs and subsequently submitted a drawing for a new solid body model; a design that never saw the light of day...until now!

    The Gibson Custom Shop Theodore is inspired by Ted McCarty's original sketches and notes. Featuring a 2-piece Alder body, the Theodore boasts a unique double Florentine cutaway design with a Walnut centre strip. The body is lightweight, balanced and extremely comfortable with unparalleled access to the upper frets. A chunky 1957 C shape Mahogany neck is topped with an Indian Rosewood fingerboard for an authentically vintage feel. The Theodore has a "scimitar" headstock, commonly referred to as a "hockey stick" due to its elongated shape, with a set of Kluson six-in-line tuners with cream buttons. A wraparound bridge at the other end other keeps things simple, whilst delivering improved sustain and giving the strings a "slinkier" feel. Powering the Theodore is a pair of custom Soapbar P-90s with a 3-way selector switch and volume and tone controls for each pickup, in true Gibson style. 

    This special Archive Collection run is limited to just 318 units world-wide and is available in three striking finishes: Natural, Cherry and Ebony. Each guitar includes a historic-style brown/pink case, a premium leather strap, a print of the original signed drawing, a 1957-style catalogue page print, and a deluxe Certificate of Authenticity booklet.

    Key Features

    • Custom Soapbar P-90 Pickups - You can't beat the sound of a P-90! Bright and gritty with plenty of snarl when you crank the gain, offering a tonal bridge between single coils and humbuckers.
    • Double Florentine Cutaways - A unique body design that offers incredible access to the higher frets for maximum playability.
    • Historic Brown/Pink Hardshell Case - Protects the guitar from bumps and dings when it's time to hit the road, whilst maintaining an authentically cool vintage vibe!
    • Chunky 1957 C Shape Neck - A period accurate neck profile that will remain rock solid no matter how hard you play!
    • Archive Collection Run - Only 318 units world-wide - Don't miss your chance to add a long-forgotten piece of Gibson history to your collection!



    • Body Shape: Theodore
    • Body Material: 2-Piece Alder with Walnut Centre Strip


    • Material: Mahogany
    • Profile: Chunky 1957 C Shape
    • Scale Length: 24.75" / 628.65mm
    • Fingerboard Material: Indian Rosewood
    • Number Of Frets: 22
    • Nut Material: Nylon
    • Nut Width: 1.687" / 42.85mm
    • Inlays: Pearloid Dot


    • Finish: Nickel
    • Tuner Plating: Nickel
    • Bridge: Wraparound
    • Tuning Machines: Kluson Six In-Line with Cream Buttons
    • Control Knobs: Historic Black Top Hats
    • Strap Buttons: 2


    • Bridge Pickup: Custom Soapbar P-90
    • Middle Pickup: Custom Soapbar P-90
    • Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone, 500K CTS Audio Taper Potentiometers, Bumblebee Capacitors, Hand-Wired
    • Output Jack: 1/4"


    • Case: Historic Brown/Pink Hardshell
    • Accessories: Premium leather strap, print of the original signed drawing, 1957-style catalogue page print, deluxe Certificate of Authenticity booklet

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