Carolina Custom

The Carolina Custom is the first guitar we’ve offered 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.

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The Carolina Custom is the first guitar we’ve offered that is intended to exactly replicate the sound of another guitar...

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 trem is vital for you, as it is for me.

  • Materials that are custom-matched to Build Your Sound™ within tight parameters. Not just the pretty pieces from the top of the stack.
  • 24.625” scale, 22 medium jumbo frets, 12” fretboard radius
  • Genuine pattern-grade Honduras Mahogany McInturff Guitar neck
  • 17 degree headstock pitch (9 degree for trem model)
  • Dark, tightly-pored and sustainable East Indian Rosewood fretboard, master-grade
  • 4 optional neck profiles, my '59 carve is the most popular
  • Bound MOP dot inlays
  • Selected-for-voice Eastern Red Maple hand carved top
  • Selected-for-voice Mahogany or Spanish Cedar body
  • Fully bound with vintage style cream binding
  • Vintage style lightweight tuners (rear locking tuners on trem model)
  • Highest quality CTS pots
  • Trad tone controls with really fine, selected signal capacitors
  • McInturff Guitar Mini-Q™ available as an option (highly recommended)
  • Bone nut (self lubricating on trem model)
  • Genuine Switchcraft pickup selector and output jack
  • 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.
  • My unique McInturff Guitar 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 could 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.
  • TonePros AVR-II tuneomatic bridge or John Mann non-locking trem or Gotoh 1055 non locking trem (they both stay in tune like a rock!)
  • Aluminum stop tailpiece (obviously not on the trem models!)
  • Hard shell case
  • Hand numbered, hand signed by Terry McInturff
  • Limited Lifetime McInturff Guitar Warantee


Every guitar deserves to have a McInturff neck on it.

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