Gibson Guitars: Ted McCarty’s Golden Era: 1948-1966 (Book)

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Gibson Guitars: Ted McCarty’s Golden Era: 1948-1966 (Book)

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Gibson Guitars: Ted McCarty’s Golden Era is a long overdue book that covers the world’s greatest period of guitar manufacturing. As CEO of Gibson Guitars from 1948 to 1966, Ted McCarty presided over the production of nearly one million instruments an

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Review by C. Basner for Gibson Guitars: Ted McCarty’s Golden Era: 1948-1966 (Book)
As a huge fan of anything Gibson, in particular, anything Gibson built during the McCarty years (which includes the most famous of Gibson’s guitars such as the 1958-1960 Les Pauls, the Flying V and Explorer, among others) I was excited at the thought of a book devoted to that era. Unfortunately, the book was a disappointment. While it may be true that certain information about Mr. McCarty and about Gibson in the 1950s is only available in this book (I don’t know this to be true), the writing ‘style’ is bad enough to make this volume entirely unsatisfying. Numerous typographical errors, and extensive cases of just awful use of the English language (incomplete or incomprehensible sentences) and in many cases, just terribly simplistic language, made reading this book a challenge, at best. It makes me wonder if an editor ever went through this book prior to publication. I’m usually one to give any product the benefit of the doubt, but in this case, I’d have to strongly recommend avoiding this book.

Review by DeeringAmps for Gibson Guitars: Ted McCarty’s Golden Era: 1948-1966 (Book)
Gil Hembree has created the one, and only, history of Gibson Guitars and its president Ted McCarty. If you are a fan of Gibson guitars this is, simply put, a MUST HAVE! Gibson was always the premier builder of archtop guitars in the country, but under Ted’s leadership Gibson developed what would become the premier electric solid body, and semi acoustic guitars, leaving his personal stamp on the sound of Rock `n’ Roll. The Les Paul Model, the Humbucking pickup, the Tune-o-matic bridge, the ES 335, the Flying V, the Explorer, the SG, and the Firebird. All developed under Ted’s tenure as President of Gibson, Inc. The employee interviews are priceless, and serve to define why Gibson became the industry giant. Great people, who stayed with the company, working under great leadership. Gibson guitars from the “Golden Era” remain some of the most sought after instruments on the vintage market, and rightfully so. We all have Ted McCarty to thank for that, and Gil Hembree for telling his story, and the story of the people who worked for him.

Review by Rupert Gruebl for Gibson Guitars: Ted McCarty’s Golden Era: 1948-1966 (Book)
I am really impressed with this book because it offers a totally different approach than any other book which I have read on the topic. The author – Gil Hembree – puts emphasis not on Gibson guitars or amplifiers but on the persons who made them. About one third of the book is dedicated to one of the most important men in the history of this company, Ted McCarty, who was CEO from 1948 to 1966 – an era during which the most important Gibson products were launched: The Les Paul, ES 335/355, Explorer and Flying V guitars. The other two thirds are used to introduce other people at Gibson from important engineers down to simple workers who were all proud to be working for this company.

For all those who think they have read everything about Gibson: Get this book and learn even more – not only about the Gibson company – but also about the USA from the late 1940s to the mid 1960s.

Review by M. C. Ruth for Gibson Guitars: Ted McCarty’s Golden Era: 1948-1966 (Book)
Excellent read. If you are a musician,musicologist, fan of “behind-the -scenes” visionaries this book will delight you. If the author would have contacted me I would have gladly proofread this book for him, as there are some mis-spelled words or omitted parts of words, just a few, otherwise an outstanding book. A great tribute to one of America’s true pioneers of electric guitar.Highly recommended

Review by Great War Eagle for Gibson Guitars: Ted McCarty’s Golden Era: 1948-1966 (Book)
This book is a must-read for all Gibson aficianados interested in discovering the history of the development of the Les Paul, Firebird, 335, & all of the other classic, iconic guitars under the masterful guidance of Ted McCarty.

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