ted mccarty

The covers to these PAF humbuckers had never been removed until this guitar was evaluated for sale.

A see-through cherry factory-finish 1960 Gibson Les Paul Custom? You bet your meatballs!

Ted McCarty, the man most responsible for the creation of the Gibson Les Paul and the president of the company during its golden era, never spared his criticism of the competition at Fender. He sniped to guitar writer Tony Bacon that Fender didn’t even own a carving machine, adding, “they joined their neck with a plate in the back of the guitar!” In another interview, he told author Tom Wheeler, “It didn’t take a great deal of skill to build a plank guitar”—an insult that, for some, still carries a barb all these decades later.

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