How Gibson unearthed a 1957 Ted McCarty sketch and turned it into a new guitar shape for 2022, the Theodore

Gibson Theodore
(Image credit: Gibson)

When it comes to electric guitars, the Les Paul, SG, Flying V and Explorer are all enduring household names. And rightly so. After all, these incredible designs have stood the tests of time and collectively played their part in establishing the Gibson brand as a market leader with a staggeringly rich sense of history – which, incidentally, is also still influencing and shaping the company’s future.

In a surprise announcement last week, the American giants unveiled the newest member in its all-star cast, the Theodore six-string electric. Except there was just one catch: this wasn’t a new guitar at all...

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).