About McInturff Guitars

The minds behind McInturff
Terry C. McInturff
Terry C. McInturff
Chairman & Chief Tone Officer

"If there is a guitar maker's hall of fame, somebody please induct Terry McInturff immediately." — Guitar World Magazine

I built my first guitar in late 1977 and have been a full-time luthier ever since. It has been a fascinating journey, involving many tens of thousands of instruments of all kinds and vintages in addition to the 3600 or so McInturff guitars I’ve made to this point. It has been a lifetime's career devoted to the guitarist's world.

The first phase of my career relied upon guitar repairs/restorations to pay the bills, and I cannot imagine pursuing my building without having had that incredible education in my background. I have been hands-on with countless vintage guitars as well as with their modern counterparts. If it weren’t for this background, I'd likely be “building by numbers”... Copying the traditional designs without knowing exactly why the very best guitars sound the way that they do.

I remain an active performing guitarist, and my lifelong hobby of audio engineering continues to inform my work as well. Here we have two additional sets of experiences that I cannot imagine doing without; the former has given me the opportunity to learn what the real world of the working guitarist is all about... The “combat conditions” of stage and touring, whilst the latter has enabled me to study in detail the pivotal subject of sound. It is all about sound, this passion of ours.

Along the way I've been lucky enough to have been awarded consecutive “Editor's Pick Awards” by the good folks at Guitar Player Magazine; my work has been featured in many magazines, receiving excellent reviews; I've been the subject of various interviews on TV, radio, and internet publications; and of course I have had the opportunity to work with the finest woods in the world.

I have also been gifted with the opportunity to build guitars for artists such as Eric Clapton, Chuck Garvey, Jimmy Page, Seth Yacovone, Brad Whitford, David Hidalgo, Brad Delsen, Chris Stamey, and many other fine players.

But the greatest reward that my career has brought me is the thousands of friends that I have made from all over the world. As you can imagine, I've had quite a few clients and I can say in all honesty that I have never had a bad client. Guitarists are uniformly interesting people and getting to know so many of them has been a true gift. I am very grateful indeed.

Dough Hughs
Doug Hughes
President, McInturff Guitars

“I joined Terry and the team at McInturff Guitars purely because, having owned McInturff Guitars for years, I know them to be in a category of quality, playability, and tonal possibilities all by themselves… Simply unequaled!” — Doug Hughes, President of McInturff Guitars

Doug has recently joined Terry as President of McInturff Guitars and is responsible for running the day-to-day operations allowing Terry to spend more time on his passion…pioneering the latest guitar technologies and overseeing the production of your next McInturff Guitar. From daily interactions with McInturff Dealers, to insuring that the best-possible tone woods are being sourced, Doug is behind the continuous quest for quality that McInturff Guitars have come to be known for since 1996. Though an accomplished guitarist himself, Doug has over 20 years of senior management experience in custom manufacturing, and owns the largest privately-held custom display manufacturing company in the Southeast (which was recently voted as one of the “Top 100 Companies to Work For in Florida” by FloridaTrend Business Magazine).

As explained by Terry “we are thrilled to have someone with Doug’s experience and leadership at McInturff Guitars….a true visionary who also shares my same passion for producing the highest-level of electric guitars”. “To know Doug is to love Doug…. He’s brilliant, caring, unwavering in his passion for ‘all-things quality’, and a heckuva lot of fun to be around, too” jokes Terry.


Every guitar deserves to have a McInturff neck on it.

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