Ted McCarty was the president of Gibson Guitars when he signed Les Paul to help design a series of instruments with his name. Ted went on to design and patent guitars such as the Flying V before working with Chicago Musical Instruments and Bigsby Guitars, becoming an industry icon. Among the classic moments of the industry’s history in which Ted took part in was in the 1950s when he asked Seth Lover to design a pick-up for the newly created electric guitars that would "buck the hum." Later in his life he was befriended by Paul Reed Smith who sought Ted's advice and friendship and brought back the guitar legend to the industry he loved. It was a fitting beginning for the NAMM Oral History program to have Ted McCarty as our first completed interview in June 2000.
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