I have been looking at a new guitar for a while now (years really). The guitars that I gravitated towards - were pushing thousands of dollars. As a casual player I kept pushing off a new purchase. That was until an ad popped up this past year about Mackenzie and Marr guitars. I gave them a look, comparing the specs on the Tofino X against the guitars I was looking at. I read every review I could find. It checked all the boxes on paper at easily half the cost. And with the seven day love it or leave it I thought there was little to lose.
The guitar arrived towards the end of January with only a slight delay from the pre-order date. The guitar arrived boxed up in pristine condition. I pulled the case out of the box and let the guitar acclimate for about three hours or so as recommended on the box (it was a cold Toronto day). The guitar case is solid, and a nice touch.
Here are my first impressions once I could finally get the Tofino in my hands. The guitar is beautiful. The inlay and binding are stunning. The finish was pristine. I took a look inside the sound hole - this is a very well constructed instrument. It is also lighter than I would have thought. This was a surprise to me but made me realize the difference between a well crafted guitar that wasn't over-glued vs what I have been playing for years that now feels like a solid block of wood. Once strummed this guitar really sings. The set-up was great. And the satin finish on the neck really makes this a playable instrument. But is was the tone and the sustain that really caught my attention. The tone is very well balanced and clear. And the sustain goes on forever.
Needless to say I am thrilled with the Tofino. It looks, plays and sounds like an instrument easily two or three times the price. Buying a guitar without being able to strum is is always a risk. Tone can be a very personal thing. However, I find it hard to believe that there are (m)any that would turn this instrument away after playing it for a couple of days. Well done boys!