The Canadian Songwriter
This is an exceptionally light, loud guitar.......great for fingerstyle or flatpick. Responds well when played hard or soft. As advertised, I find it to be perfect for vocal accompaniment. Neck is a bit more of a handful than my Tofino, but very comfortable. A high end guitar with a great case at an affordable price, it's as good and better than lots I've tried costing 4 to 5 times more.
Guitar arrived perfectly intact. There was a little difficulty and delay due to the fact that the guitar is left handed. I can understand the difficulties in production for left handed models. This is not new to me, I have been living with it all my life. Having said that, the construction and finish of the instrument are flawless. Frets are level and true with no protruding ends. The tone is superb, the cedar top of the Tofino seem to give a slightly warmer tone compared to a spruce top, although it is plenty bright when it needs to be. I really like the less "boomy" sound of this size body compared to a Dreadnought size. The L.R.Baggs Anthem pickup is also superb once one gets the feel of it. The setup and action were perfect as delivered from the shop, also the intonation was spot on. The guitar also performs well with alternate tunings, I tuned it to a C Wahine tuning where the low E string drops to C, this can kill the intonation of most guitars, but the Tofino sounds wonderful in this tuning delivering clear , tight low end. All in all I would recommend this guitar, it is equal or better than many higher priced and "name brand" instruments. Thank you Mackenzie Marr for your excellent service.
I had been thinking about getting a Tofino guitar since I first became aware of them several years ago.Finally I took the plunge and ordered one back in the spring. There was a long delay but I got the call about a month ago that they had, at long last, arrived. Fortunately, I live near enough that I was able to go to the "loft", and meet John and check out the guitar. I have to admit that it was a nice looking instrument and the set up was great. The finish was beautiful and the quality of the wood was excellent. I prefer to play alone, so after a quick check I took it home where I would feel more comfortable.
I've had it for a month now and there never was any question as to whether I would return it after the "play me" week was over. It's just so nice to play. It feels good and sounds good and the more I use it the better is seems to get. I have never played a $3000 guitar so, unlike others, I have no way of comparing it to that, but I really feel that I got good "bang" for the buck.
Thanks John it was nice meeting you and talking to you and I am still considering taking a cutaway also!!
The Tom Rush Signature Dreadnought
After buying a Tofino guitar in 2015 and being so pleased with it, I started looking at the larger bodied Tom Rush Signature guitar. I have been wanting to get a solid Rosewood guitar for quite a while but really couldn't decide on what to buy. Playing the Tofino made up my mind for me. Seeing the quality of the Mackenzie Marr brand I felt really comfortable ordering one. When I received it I was really pleased!! The finish on it was excellent and the set up was perfect, no tinkering needed. Side by side with the Tofino they are two impressive looking guitars but two different sounding guitars. I found the Tom Rush Signature to have a much more "mellow" sound and the Tofino a "brighter" sound.............a perfect pair. I cannot comment on the electronics as I prefer to play unplugged but playing it unplugged the sound is lovely. One thing I did notice was when playing the G,B and high E strings on the 14th+ Frets, the sound is clear and pure, not the case with other guitars I have. The only negative is the fret edges are just a tad rough but nothing that detracts from the playability and that could well be caused by the dryness in the house this time of year. All in all a super guitar and another "keeper".
Thanks again John for quality instruments at affordable prices. Keep them coming!!
The Tom Rush Naked Lady
I ordered the Tom Rush Signature guitar almost a year ago. I currently own a Martin and a Larrivee guitar. Both have beautiful sound and are a joy to play. When I called to order the Tom Rush guitar, I asked John if, because of no middle man, superior materials, and skillful luthiers, the Tom Rush guitar would be noticeably better in sound and playability. John thought that was a reasonable expectation. Quite frankly, I was skeptical. When I got the guitar and played it, I was impressed. The guitar was set up beautifully and when I compared its sound to the Martin and Larrivee, it did sould better ... better resonance ... richer sound quality ... and the Martin I have is 25 years old. I liked the Tom Rush Signature guitar so much that I just had to have the Naked Lady. It's every bit as good as the Signature guitar and I now reach for one of the two Tom Rush guitars when I sit down in my living room to play. They're the last two guitars I'll ever buy.
I've tried many high end acoustic guitars over the past few years. I finally
decided to try a Tofino, so I purchased one online. Why not? They have a "7
day love it or leave it guarantee".
In my opinion, the Tofino is at least as good as, or better than any high-
end guitar I've ever tried. The Tofino is possibly the best guitar I've
ever played. The feel, the playability and the sound are amazing!
I highly recommend the Tofino!
I finally got my Tofino after waiting 5 months. Sometimes things happen and nothing can be done but to wait. I did not realize that Mackenzie and Marr did not have the instruments in stock. That became apparent as soon as they missed the first delivery date.
After opening the Cardboard Box and removing the guitar case, I carefully inspected the outside of the case. The case was in pretty good shape with the exception of a small ding on the outside, top. I checked out the guitar and there was no damage or scratches. So Fed-Ex did a great job and the packing by the shipper was adequate.
After letting the guitar sit for a few hours to let it get used to its new environment I sat down and played it. It sounds really great. I have been playing it for several days and I will not return it. It is really worth the price. I have guitars that cost a lot more than the Tofino and while they do sound better than the Tofino, it has its own distinct, sweet sound.
I had requested that the pick-guard be installed before shipping, but they forgot to do that. I decided not to put it on. I love how it looks without it. One thing I felt irritated by was the lack of a battery installed on the Anthem pick-up. I had to remove the strings to put a battery in. Makes me wonder if they tested it. One last thing, there is no such material as Ebony Plastic. There is Ebony and Plastic, and perhaps Ebony colored Plastic. But, there is no such material as Ebony Plastic.
I am hoping to enjoy the Tofino for a long time. We shall see how it is 10 years from now.
When My Brother -in-law came for a visit he seemed smitten by my Tofino. So I got him one..this was his responce when he opened the package and played his LTP Tofino.
Unwrapping the Mackenzie reminded me of helping a beautiful woman take
off her clothes. And once she was out, I wasn't disappointed either.
Nice cedar smell too.
The tuning pegs were smooth compared to my 50 year old Epiphone Texan.
The Mackenzie is clearer, fuller than the Texan. Just so sweet. I'm
going to have some fine moments with her. The neck is wider than the
Texan and will take some getting used to. When you can get your
fingers in the right place, that full chord rings just right.
What a nice gift. Many thanks to you!
After waiting around 8 months to receive the Tofino I finally received the guitar about 3 months ago. Over this time, I took a lot of time to get to know the guitar and now am able to give an adequate review.
First the bad, the first issue was that the guitar took 8 months to get to me when I was expecting it to arrive a lot sooner then this, had I had known this before purchasing the guitar I don't if I would have in the first place but what happens happens and I understand why the guitar took so long to get to me. Next issue is the case, the case does not fit snuggly around the guitar, I was expecting one that would fit a lot closer to the body it still snuggly in the case but it is not custom made for the Tofino. Also it’s a bit cheaply made, I’ve already bent some of the closing clips just from normal use. The next issue is the pick guard that was sent with the guitar, it is an after market stick it on yourself type deal which I don’t mind that much but the guard its self is one I wouldn’t put on any guitar. The pattern looks quite cheesy and the round on the guard that comes pre cut doesn’t line up with the radius of the sound hole or the sound hole rosette. Instead of applying this guard I took the guitar to my local guitar shop to have a professional customized guard fitted because I am one to hit my picks in to the body on down strokes and like to keep the guitar looking spotless. The last issue is that when the guitar arrived the pick up which was supposed to be attached to the inside of the guitar was loose, meaning I had to attach the pick up myself, I am pretty handy when it comes to things like this but who knows what could have happened to the pick up in the shipping process and what kind of damage it did to the inside of the guitar.
Now to the good, as you will notice the above problems weren’t about the guitar its self but the things that came with the guitar, and I have nothing but good things to say about the guitar. It is a wonderful instrument to play. Picking is meet with a beautiful crispness and every note is clear. Just straight strumming is also wonderful, every note of the chord rings out. I really enjoy the sound as well and after fixing the pick up the guitar sounds amazing plugged in. I have played many gigs with my band “The Caucasian Lifeguards” and those among the crowd with a more musical mind complemented the sound quality of my little guitar. Playing this guitar is a dream and it makes you want to come back, which I find very important. Playing guitar should be something enjoyable and the Tofino makes it that. With all the defects that you first notice when you take it out of the box like the loose pick up, the cheesy pick guard and the fact that you waited 8 months are over shadowed by how incredibly enjoyable this guitar is to play and to listen too. It was money well spent and just at a fraction of the cost of another guitar of the same calibre.
Thanks guys, I know that the order was prolonged... so what I recieved #13 thanks for that in the new 5th EDITION Tofino... sounds amazing.. my daughter loves her Canadian Songwriter...forget Taylor or Martin you provide an amazing product at an amazing price and PERSONAL support - another 6 months until the next purchase - maybe a cutaway..all the best Reeve and thanks for the EVERYTHING you guys rock....btw the next special addition i want #1 LOL