From SLRCO–(at)– Thu Sep 17 09:37:41 CDT 1998
Article: 239773 of
From: santee-lynches
Subject: Re: who’s McCarty?
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 1998 08:49:15 -0400
Organization: slcog
Lines: 25
Message-ID: <3601054B.143--(at)>
References: <19980917041211.11403.0000048--(at)>
Reply-To: SLRCO–(at)–
Mime-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
X-Trace: 906036937 27557 (17 Sep 1998 12:55:37 GMT)
X-Complaints-To: usene–(at)–
NNTP-Posting-Date: 17 Sep 1998 12:55:37 GMT
X-Mailer: Mozilla 3.01C-KIT (Win95; I)

Ted McCarty. He was president of Gibson from the late ’40s until the
late ’60s. Under his leadership, Gibson entered what is called their
Golden Age for electrics. The acoustic, both flat tops and archtops,
weren’t as good as the pre World War II Gibsons, but the during this
period the electric came into it’s own. Some of the developments under
the McCarty regime include:
The McCarty Pickup/Pickguard (as found on the ES-300)
The P-90 pickup
The Humbucking pickup (designed by Seth Lover)
The tune-o-matic bridge
The Les Paul Solidbody
The Flying V, Explorer, and Moderne
The ES-335, ES-345, and the ES-355
The Firebird

Needless to say, without McCarty, Gibson would probally not have the
reputation they have today; and, of course, the guitars made in that
era, before being bought by Norlin, were some of the finest electric
guitars ever made. Just look at the prices for a ’59 Les Paul to see
what I mean.

As for the PRS guitar… from what I understand, it’s a tribute to the
Les Paul Standard.

Hope this helps.

From little.bastar–(at)– Thu Sep 17 09:38:05 CDT 1998
Article: 239772 of
Message-ID: <36010771.17F5066--(at)>
From: Wolfgang X-Mailer: Mozilla 4.04 [en] (Win95; U)
MIME-Version: 1.0
Subject: Re: who’s McCarty?
References: <19980917041211.11403.0000048--(at)>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
Lines: 23
X-Trace: reMoS5fahfnZ+wQV4vfNrzxwkQc71vLF+rxXopcRqx9CBQuItl0nVbGZhFMaN8OMwz2DUmIrJ4Gk!JxZeAU7zOAeSXudt7SxB
X-Complaints-To: abus–(at)–
X-Abuse-Info: Please be sure to forward a copy of ALL headers
X-Abuse-Info: Otherwise we will be unable to process your complaint properly
Organization: Sympatico
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 1998 12:57:45 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Thu, 17 Sep 1998 09:57:45 ADT

Ted McCarty did help design the McCarty PRS and is one of the most
important figures in the history of electric guitars.
He ran Gibson from 1948 to 1965 and in those years took a 150 employee work
force putting out 5,000 guitars a year and changed it to a 1200 employee
workforce putting out 100,000 guitars a year.
During his reign at the top he helped design the LesPaul, the Flying V, the
Explorer, the SG, the ES-335 line, the Firebird, the tune-o-matic bridge, the
humbucking pickup, the electric Epiphone line, he bought Epiphone for Gibson
and the first artists models including the Johnny Smith and the Barney Kessel.
Without his input and “OK” as the president of Gibson we’d have never seen any
of these models.


Ritualee wrote:

> who’s the guy that the PRS guitars are named for? did he design them? are
> they not named after someone?
> lee


Buy the Book!

I cleaned up my tab for Sonny Boy's Help Me and made it into a short book. There's a Kindle version for 99 cents, and if you buy the paperback you get the Kindle free.

Playing "Help-Me" In the Style of Sonny Boy Williamson II: A step by step, note for note analysis of some of Sonny Boy's Signature Riffs

I also write Science Fiction, so you can sample some of my best stories. Also available in Kindle format.

Error Message Eyes: A Programmer's Guide to the Digital Soul

Audio Electronic Vacuum Tube 274B 5Z3PJ 5U4G DIY for Amplifier Stereo

End Date: Tuesday Jun-18-2019 21:45:06 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $20.75
Buy It Now |
Little Dot MK II MK 2 Tube Headphone Amplifier / Pre-amplifier

End Date: Tuesday Jun-18-2019 23:42:56 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $175.99
Buy It Now |
1set 26mm White potentiometer cap knob Guitar tube Volume Tone audio parts amp

End Date: Wednesday Jun-19-2019 0:01:17 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $5.23
Buy It Now |
1set 26mm White knob Guitar tube potentiometer cap Volume Tone audio parts amp

End Date: Wednesday Jun-19-2019 0:01:20 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $5.23
Buy It Now |
1set 26mm Brown knob Guitar tube potentiometer cap Volume Tone audio part amp

End Date: Wednesday Jun-19-2019 0:01:24 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $6.97
Buy It Now |


The JT30 Page Popular links

I began collecting data about the microphones used by blue harp players before there was an internet. I began organizing it into in the late 1990s. I accumulated more stuff than I remember. This is some of it.

Street Theory

A Harp Player’s Guide to Music Theory

Learning Harp

Picking Up Blues Harp

A guide to learning to play Blues Harp

Microphone Information

Usenet Articles

Harp Amps

I've been collecting Harp Amps for a while. This is the old website. There is lots of information here. Here a coupld of links.

Harp Tab

A collection of songs and riffs that I’ve worked out over the years, plus some libraries of stuff I’ve converted to tablature. I’ve included most of the notes and instructions that helped me when I was learning to play blues harmonica.

Basic Riffs Simple harp tabs for songs Blues riffs and phrases.

Harp-L Archives 1992 to 2002


Harp Frequently Asked Questions