On May 10, 1999 the Gretsch Guitar Company purchased Bigsby Accessories from Ted McCarty, a long-time friend of our family, especially of my father William Gretsch. My father and Mr. McCarty knew each other long ago in Chicago – Mr. McCarty even attended my baptism when I was a child. In October 1999, after a long and successful career spanning over 60 years, Ted McCarty retired from the music industry. Sadly, on April 1, 2001 at the age of 91, Ted McCarty passed away.