Columbus guitar maker dead

Mac McCormick, a Columbus guitar maker beloved for his beautiful — and beautiful sounding — guitars, died Tuesday, following an extended illness.

McCormick, was was born Frances but had been called "Mac" since grade school, spent the last 40 years handcrafting the acoustic instruments, which are played by many musicians in the region. He custom-made guitars for their buyers, who would pay a pretty penny for a guitar emblazoned with McCormick's nickname.

Funeral arrangements for McCormick have not been announced.