Gibson has unveiled an all-new electric guitar pattern. Featuring the distinctive six-line scimitar headstock and Florentine double-cutaway body shape, the Theodore offers a bold new look for Gibson.
But there is a twist. The Theodore isn’t technically new, with its design dating back to a 1957 sketch by former Gibson president Ted McCarty.
Somehow it never made it to market, which seems remarkable at a time when Explorer, Flying V and Moderne were radically modernizing the instrument. Now, exactly 65 years to the day that McCarty sketched it, it’s finally been released, with the date (3/18 in US format) informing Gibson’s decision to limit its release to just 318 units.
Maybe after all this time, it’s still too avant-garde? Who can say. It could become a real sleeper hit, and perhaps a trial balloon for a wider Gibson USA release one day. Admittedly, the silhouette is from left field, and it’s rare to see a Gibson guitar using alder.
The Theodore sports its alder body with a walnut center band, and it’s built like an old-school Gibson, with a mahogany neck joining the body with a long neck tenon set in skin glue.
The Theodore will also resemble a 1957 guitar, with a thick neck profile for hand support and 22 historic narrow/tall Gibson frets. It has a 12-inch-radius Indian rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays, a 1.69-inch nylon nut, four-ply black pickguard, and nickel wraparound tailpiece.
Providing that raw rock ‘n’ roll voice, we have a pair of wax pot P-90s at the bridge and neck positions, with individual volume and tone pots for each pickup, and a three-way pickup selector switch. ways.
Gibson dug into the good stuff for the components, with Theodore outfitted with 500K CTS pots, Bumblebee capacitors, and Switchcraft providing the 1/4” output jack and pickup rocker.
Offered in Natural, Ebony and Cherry finishes, Theodore comes in a highly sought after historical style brown and pink fur lined case, inside which you will find a premium leather strap, a print of the original signed drawing, a 1957 style printed catalog and a COA booklet.
Priced at £4,399 / $4,999, Theodore is available now. To see Gibson for more details.