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.
|Dimensions||49 x 17 x 6 in|
|Guitar Body Wood|
Mahogany (selected for voice), Spanish Cedar
Eastern Red Maple (hand-carved)
|Guitar Scale Length|
22 Medium Jumbo
|Guitar Neck Radius|
East Indian Rosewood (dark, tightly-pored, sustainable, master grade)
|Guitar Neck Material|
Honduran Mahogany (genuine pattern-grade)
100% Nitrocellulose Lacquer (unique McInturff blend – thin, hard, dry that replicates original Nikolas lacquers)
Selection of Finest Boutique PAF-style pickups
Gotoh 1055 non locking tremelo, John Mann non-locking tremelo, TonePros AVR-II tuneomatic bridge
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)
Genuine Switchcraft pickup selector and output jack
|Guitar Body Binding|
Fully bound with vintage style cream binding
2-Tone Burst, 3-Tone Burst, Amberburst, Dark Amber, Ebony, Mary Kaye, Vintage Cream
Bound MOP dot inlays
|Guitar Neck Contour|
4 optional neck profiles, ’59 carve is the most popular