Theodore McCarty was an American businessman who worked with the Wurlitzer Company and the Gibson Guitar Corporation. In 1966, he and Gibson Vice President John Huis bought the Bigsby Electric Guitar Company. At Gibson he was involved in many guitar innovations and designs between 1950 and 1966.
Ted McCarty was born on October 10, 1909 in Detroit, Michigan. He studied engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then went to work for General Motors. In 1934 he joined the Wurlitzer Company where he worked on jukeboxes and other musical instruments.
McCarty was drafted into the army during World War II and served in Europe. After the war he returned to Wurlitzer and then in 1950 he was hired by the Gibson Guitar Corporation.
At Gibson, McCarty oversaw the development of many new guitar models including the Les Paul, the SG, and the Flying V. He also helped develop new manufacturing methods and materials such as laminated wood for guitar bodies.
McCarty retired from Gibson in 1966 but remained active in the music industry. He served on the board of directors for several companies including Fender and Guild Guitars. He also worked as a consultant for various businesses and organizations.
Ted McCarty died on April 1, 2001 at the age of 91.
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