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MacKenzie & Marr guitar owners' reviews

Please note: We publish all reviews exactly as they are submitted. Occasionally we may correct an obvious typo but that's it. The opinions you read are the owner's own words.

Kevin from Knoxville

Tue, 06/15/2021 - 16:30

So….I love this guitar! I now have 3 MacKenzie & Marr guitars! This 12 string is my main guitar! It’s full, balanced, incredible projection! The neck is gorgeous! The LR Baggs Anthem just adds to the beauty of this 12 String! It’s a welcome addition to my Ian Tyson & Opeongo! I took a chance when I bought my Ian Tyson and never looked back! Again, I now have three - all different body types to cover all aspects of my playing! If you’re thinking about it, do it! Don’t wait!

Michael from Round Rock

Tue, 06/15/2021 - 16:13

This is a fine musical instrument. The woods used in its construction are premium tone woods. It has the distinctive shimmering sound of the best 12 strings ie Martin, Guild, Gibson etc. The finish is impeccable. Comparable priced models have plywood sides and backs and tops and sound as if they are made of old packing crates and pallets. This is beauty is spectacular. Mikey from Mikey and the Muddy Puppies

Daniel from Jacksonville

Tue, 06/15/2021 - 11:42

I had been looking for a parlor size guitar for quite some time and had tried out several. I wasn’t impressed by any I tried either because they just didn’t have much sound or didn’t play well or weren’t very well constructed. I decided to take a chance on the Mackenzie & Marr Opeongo since I could return in a week it if I wasn’t happy for a full refund, including return shipping. I was so pleasantly surprised at how big and beautiful it sounded for a smaller acoustic. The workmanship is impeccable and it’s so beautifully finished plus I love love the retro look. The neck is superb. I knew pretty much immediately that I was keeping it. No complaints whatsoever. I’d highly recommend one to anybody in the market for a parlor guitar.

James from Novato

Fri, 06/11/2021 - 10:11

I waited a long time for my guitar to arrive, with some anxious moments because of COVID shipping delays. But I was thrilled when UPS delivered it. Some perspective: I have several guitars, some of which are made by high-end guitar makers with big names and one that is a custom job. So I know and appreciate quality. At this price point, I wasn't expecting to get an instrument that would compete with those larger instruments. In fact, I chose the Opeongo because I wanted a 12-fret with the feel that those instruments are known for—a looser feel and faster action. I added the Baggs pickup because one of my main guitars has the same one. Okay, so the results: Yesterday, I spent another hour playing my M & M. It is a "hot-rod" of a guitar that invites improvisation. What I also appreciate is its sonic balance. While it is not a "boomer" at this size, the bass notes absolutely support the treble end. Everything is clear. Chords seem more transparent as a result. I also value the "songs" that come out of any guitar, seemingly born with them. I noticed in the first half-hour of play that this guitar had some ideas of its own—things that somehow came out of my hand for the first time. Okay, that's magical thinking, I know. But it's true. This guitar had some gifts for me. I wish it had a glossy finish, yes, and if that were ever an option (like the pickup) I would go for it. But this is a friendly, playable guitar with great spirit. I'm a happy camper!

Dave from Corman Park

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 12:24

A very nice instrument. I have yet to figure out the nine volt battery power to the pickup and how that battery is to be anchored

Ramsey from Birmingham, AL

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 12:08

This is the first product review I've ever written. I bought the Opeongo on a whim with my tax refund. It took over 3 months to deliver but it was worth the wait. The action was set too high for my liking. The Allen wrench that fits my Martin didn't fit the Opeongo's truss rod. I emailed MacKenzie and Marr asking what size wrench was required. John Marr replied that there was an Allen wrench in the case. LOL. It took a little while to adjust but I have it set perfectly now. This guitar plays like a dream and sounds great, bright and full. They're not kidding. This is a quality instrument. Even the case is top quality. I have a Martin and a Taylor that don't get played much anymore.

Alan from OTTAWA

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 10:01

I wrote this review to say how much I like the Tofino. I am a novice guitar player and I have been playing a Taylor Academy for only a year so I cannot give a professional opinion but when I started I choose the Academy for its sound and ease of playing. The Tofino is considerably better in my opinion and the finish and the inlays are just beautiful. I am very pleased.

Glenn from Liverpool

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 23:18

My Opeongo is a great little guitar. Been playing it every day for about a month now. Sits right next to my Southern Jumbo and gets played more. It's easier to get my arms around that the SJ which makes it a convenient armchair guitar, but I'm also playing it because it sounds great, and tunes really great. It's a joy to own. It plays like you'd expect a parlor to play. I find the fret edges a little sharp, but it doesn't actually annoy me or stop me from picking it up several times a day. I've played dozens of new Gibsons and Martins in music stores and immediately put them back on the rack because they just don't cut it. Especially when you look at the price tag for these high end brands. This Opeongo is exactly what the company says it is. A guitar that measures up to others that cost 2-3 times as much. I'm very pleased. I will always own it.

Evecci from Toronto

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 22:00

I'm not a pro and I'm not an accomplished guitarist, but I like to sing and play my guitar and I understand a bit about music and how musicians make it. I've only played "expensive" guitars a couple of times, but I've heard them plenty. The pandemic gave me the opportunity to reconnect with my old seagull s-6. It had warped a bit, the action was high, the tone was dull and the damn thing would not stay in tune, especially in DADGAD. But I persevered,and ordered my Tofino. It was night and day. The tiny neck and low action make it so easy to play. My left thumb has become a Richie Havens weapon. The sound was big and bright and wonderful. Then I changed the strings it came with. Rrringg!! Thank you, thank you, thank you. And I don't need too retune after every song!


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