President of Gibson guitars from 1950 to 1966. McCarty developed some of the most famous guitars, and a good deal of guitar technology, such as the Tune-O-Matic bridge, the stop bar tailpiece and the humbucker. Most electric guitars contain something of his work. Instruments that he worked to create include the SG, Flying V, Explorer and the Les Paul (The instrument wasn't actually designed by it's namesake, although the inspiration came from him). Ted McCarty passed away in april, 2001.