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Gibson Guitars: Ted McCarty's Golden Era: 1948-1966 Paperback – February 1, 2007
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transport you to that time! I want to be there! Ted McCarty launched Gibson from a National Treasure to an International Icon. No, this isn't
a sophisticated read, and I didn't want that. The down home people who tell the story, many from Kalamazoo - worked for Gibson 30-40 years! This was a factory people loved working at! You can still read into the pride they feel. Boy- do we need more of that back in this country.
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.
An incredible work and research effort by Gil Hembree. The guitar world
owes him for taking the time to interview people and employees that actually
built and designed GIBSON's best-loved classic instruments- many of which have passed on by
the time this book reached the printers.
Use the other Gibson books for cool color pictures of the old guitars- but
this book has BLACK & WHITE original pictures (Remember- they didn't have color film when this history was being made) Gil's book has lots of pictures that have never before been published- many given to him by those he interviewed.
And that includes extensive interfacing by Gil with Ted McCarthy prior to his passing.
After reading it, I got a much better understanding of how the guitars were made, the people who made them, and the steps involved. ( In 1960 Gibson created its actual CUSTOM SHOP! )
You will learn things- important things- about GIBSON that you never even knew to WONDER about. This book fills massive voids because the author took tons of personal hours DOING THE RESEARCH, doing actual interviews and plant visits, that other others just didn't have the means to do.
After reading it for 20 minutes, you will just only begin to appreciate the true labor of love that Mr. Hembree shares with every reader. I understand he is highly active in the old guitar scene- as a co-author of The Vintage Guitar Price Guide that every intelligent dealer and collector purchases every year- but it is really likely that this body of work will be accepted by that same community that will be Gil Hembree's legacy! It's that good.
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Great book with loads of details on what a wonderful period Gibson achieved under Ted's leadership! Must have been a wonderful place in those daysPublished on December 3, 2013 by Donald E. Butler
Nice stuff , verry informative and great to learn from the past and history of this guitar,
but pitty there are no collor pic's.
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... Read morePublished on April 21, 2009 by Great War Eagle
Great book! Lots of fascinating details about Ted and his creative and management genius status. Good photography. Highly recommend for folks interested in Gibson and Ted.Published on October 28, 2008 by Michael S. Jackson
Not done reading yet. However, very, very, informative, many facts, not in print until now.Published on October 9, 2007 by Henry F. Perez
If you love the Gibson guitars from the 1950's and 60's and wonder how classic designs such as the Les Paul, Flying V, ES-335, SG, Thunderbird and other models came to be, this... Read morePublished on July 8, 2007 by Dana-L