McInturff Carolina Custom

McInturff Guitars

McInturff Guitars


The Carolina Custom is the first guitar offered by Terry McInturff that is intended to exactly replicate the sound of another guitar… In this case, particular examples of the famous single-cutaway design that was manufactured in Kalamazoo, Michigan in the years 1958-1960.

First of its Kind

The most bell-like and articulate originals are my favorites, and so I took inspiration from these and added McInturff Guitar benefits; these include a larger neck joint surface area prior to the neck pickup route (while providing far easier access to the 22nd fret), the uber-stable and tuneful McInturff Guitar neck design, incredibly accurate fretwork, a rolled-over top carve under the arm for comfort, and my unique mix of 100% Nitrocellulose lacquers to finish it off.

In order to obtain the desired amplified result, I start by building the required acoustical nature right into the guitar itself. This involves testing and matching examples of Eastern Maple, Honduras Mahogany, primo East Indian Rosewood, and more in order to find the woods that will vibrate as a “team” in the just the right way. The result is the acoustical response that is the hallmark of the best originals. That is where it all starts… It’s a lot more than using just any example of the right wood species.

Choose Your own Sound

Custom-voicing is available. The old ones do not all sound alike; choose your version and I will build that sound on a custom basis. The Carolinas that I build as standard all have a very bell-like articulate tonality, just like my old favorites.

The Carolina Custom is now available with a trem bridge as an option. Now, there’s no reason to avoid this style of guitar if a tremelo is vital for you, as it is for me.

With the Carolina Custom comes a  selection of the finest boutique PAF-style pickups (chosen for each guitar).  These can include custom models from VooDoo, ThroBak, Scatterbrain, and more, depending upon the individual voice needed for a certain build.

Finish it Off

This unique McInturff Guitar has a 100% nitrocellulose lacquer finish, which replicates the properties of the original Nikolas lacquers from the old days. Incredibly thin, hard and dry. No one-product nitro can compete.  Practically any color in the rainbow is available.  Faded vintage-style ‘bursts are most popular. Choose one from The Beauty of The Burst book for me to replicate! Fancy multi-stains ala my ’95-2001 work available.

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Weight30 lbs
Dimensions49 x 17 x 6 in
Guitar Body Wood

Mahogany (selected for voice), Spanish Cedar

Guitar Top

Eastern Red Maple (hand-carved)

Guitar Scale Length


Guitar Frets

22 Medium Jumbo

Guitar Neck Radius


Guitar Fingerboard

East Indian Rosewood (dark, tightly-pored, sustainable, master grade)

Guitar Neck Material

Honduran Mahogany (genuine pattern-grade)

Guitar Finish

100% Nitrocellulose Lacquer (unique McInturff blend – thin, hard, dry that replicates original Nikolas lacquers)

Guitar Pickups

Selection of Finest Boutique PAF-style pickups

Guitar Bridge

Gotoh 1055 non locking tremelo, John Mann non-locking tremelo, TonePros AVR-II tuneomatic bridge

Guitar Tuners

Highest quality CTS pots, McInturff Guitar Mini-Q™ available as an option (highly recommended), Traditional tone controls with really fine, selected signal capacitors, Vintage style lightweight tuners (rear locking tuners on trem model)

Guitar Electronics/Wiring

Genuine Switchcraft pickup selector and output jack

Guitar Body Binding

Fully bound with vintage style cream binding

McInturff Colors

2-Tone Burst, 3-Tone Burst, Amberburst, Dark Amber, Ebony, Mary Kaye, Vintage Cream

Guitar Inlays

Bound MOP dot inlays

Guitar Neck Contour

4 optional neck profiles, ’59 carve is the most popular

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