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Algonquin 12

A Solid Wood Spruce and Bolivian Rosewood 12 String Guitar


The Algonquin 12 string solid wood acoustic guitar
Availability: 
In stock

Algonquin 12 orders will be shipped in the first two weeks of November.

Our solid AAA grade Sitka Spruce and Bolivian Rosewood 12 string guitar. With direct pricing, it is half the price of comparable models.

After more requests than we can count from owners of our other models, we're responding. For years we resisted the call for a 12 string guitar because making one worth owning at an (almost) affordable price is not an easy thing to do.
Suggested Retail Price: 
CAD $4,200.00
Your Price: 
Price:USD $1,049.99

There was a time in this fair land when only six strings would ring. The new Algonquin 12 changes that, and does so at an (almost) affordable price.

Crafted with a AAA grade bookmatched Sitka Spruce top and AAA grade book-matched Bolivian Rosewood back and sides, the guitar is (modesty alert.....) spectacularly beautiful. If all an owner did, was hang it on their wall, they would have a sculpture that would be the envy of the art world. BUT, and a big BUT to boot...this guitar is a 12 string that hits every player's expectation and then goes on the exceed them.

For more than a decade we've been asked for a 12 string guitar that would meet the standards of our six-string models.....a beautiful solid wood acoustic with an easy action and a full, rich sound.
We made a number of prototypes over the years but were never 100% satisfied with the results. Then, in 2018 design work began for a new body shape. What became the Alberta Jumbo was destined for the Ian Tyson Inspiration but from day one we saw it as a perfect foundation for a 12 string guitar.

The big Alberta body is a refined Jumbo shape - punching out full, fantastic, overtone-rich bass notes and adding just a hint of "attitude" to mid and treble notes. It is ideally suited for the jangly characteristics of a dedicated 12 string acoustic.

UPDATE:

We were so blown away by the sound and playability of the production sample that arrived from the workshop in September we jumped the gun and announced availability before most of the marketing assets were in place. No videos, no 360-degree rotating image etc. We expected a few people asking for a 12 would pre-order, and pretty much everyone else would wait for more details before deciding. We were wrong!

Preorders have been coming in at a rate faster than any other guitar we've introduced. We're now getting close to selling out of the March 2021 availability, and that's before anyone has actually heard the guitar. When videos finally go up on the site it's going to be nuts. This guitar leaves any other 12-string in the same price range in the dust. The truth is that it is more than the equal of $3,000 to $4,000 guitars.

Owner Reviews

Douglas from Killeen

Mon, 08/02/2021 - 14:08

The Algonquin 12 string arrived in flawless condition. It looks and sounds just great.The Baggs PU was installed but the end that holds the battery needed to be taped down, so I took care of that. I plugged it in, made the adjustments on the insert. I am very pleased. The cases is suitable for traveling with no worries. Thank you, MacKenzie and Marr. I already owned the Ian Tyson model 6 string with the venetian cut-away and its my baby. But I have taken the 12 string out on-stage and its a hit! I have been playing since 1968. I already own a Martin SPD 6string, a 1972 Martin D 28 and a 1972 Martin D 41. But the Mac's are at the top of my list. Once again, a HUGE Thank You!

Ron from north attleboro

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 09:53

Sounds great, plays great, and looks even better. Comes in a really nice case. I was so impressed with this guitar I ordered the Riverboat Dread.

Nathan from London

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 09:25

Having ordered the 12-string online without playing it first, I was apprehensive. It was a pleasant surprise that it arrived in only two days. When I took it out of the case, I was struck with the quality of its finish, the Grover tuners, and the fine spruce and rosewood construction. It is a really fine-looking instrument. It had been tuned to standard 'E' tuning, and I lowered it to a 'DGCFAD', which I prefer on a 12-string. I tried a few tunes which fit best on a 12-string, like "Walk Right In" and was so pleased with its lovely tone and sustain. I've been playing it for two weeks I have not installed a battery and tried it with an amplifier so cannot comment on that. I can't tell if there is a truss rod or some way to adjust the neck if necessary. I really enjoy playing this guitar and so far, I am satisfied that it is a very good guitar at a very good price.

John from Riverside

Mon, 07/19/2021 - 09:50

Twelve strings are the conundrum of the guitar world.  The really good ones either self destruct like flamenco instruments or achieve a day in the sun because they were terribly overbuilt and can accidentally withstand the abuse of years of heavy handed playing and poorly chosen strings. There are a few nicely crafted instruments which don't have a reputation for sounding very good.  There are a few handmade instruments with quirky designs at very high prices and there are roughhewn historic relics best known from black and white photographs and 78 recordings.  You can't help but wonder "what if?" The Algonquin probably costs less in adjusted dollars than Leadbelly's Stella.  The quality of the build however is equal or maybe even superior to any instrument on the market.  The top is a AAA grade spruce,  The grain is not only fine, it is perfectly uniform across the width of the top.  You can read about wood like this but this is the first time I've actually seen it.  There is also an extremely fine, uniform bear claw figure which rivals the very best curly grain imaginable. The back and sides are beautifully matched Bolivian rosewood.  I've seen some pieces of old growth Brazilian which were almost this intense and colorful.  The grain is straight enough to please those who cater in that direction and just wild enough with vibrant white center chevron to spark a long conversation.  It probably starts with "Wow." The black binding with a w/b accent is subtle and dignified.  A couple times I wondered "what if" but now I think this was the right choice,  A white or maple binding isn't warranted.  There's a nice M&M rosette with a simple abalone ring.  The neck has their customary matte finish - a pleasure to hold.  There's a nicely carved volute, and a headstock with Grover Rotomatics.  I can hear Leadbelly wondering "what if?" The D'Addario light gauge strings are more than adequate to drive the guitar to railroad trilogy crescendos.  What's really nice is the instrument responds equally well to a really light touch.  No, really light!  You can sing over a chorus of sound with a fullness that just doesn't happen with a six string. I've got the tuning lowered a half step.  One day I may drop it down to D.  I don't foresee any problem with the strings or with the action.  Gordon, eat your heart out!

James from Fort Lee

Tue, 06/15/2021 - 17:08

Superb craftsmanship, focused tone! This instrument would compliment a fat 6 string if they were both spread apart in a mix. I also can't get over how beautiful it looks. Thank you!

Phil from Long Beach

Tue, 06/15/2021 - 17:02

I would like to say that I am very happy with my MacKenzie & Marr Algonquin 12, 12-string guitar. It is indeed a beautifully crafted instrument. The tone is bright and clear and the harmonics go on forever. I am particularly pleased with the balance of tone and volume from the bass all the way to the treble. The intonation is spot on, always a concern with a 12-string. The tuning pegs are top-notch allowing for precise tuning, also especially important. It is indeed comparable to instruments two to three times its price.

Robert from NAPLES

Tue, 06/15/2021 - 16:34

Absolutely beautiful instrument. Well worth the small wait. Great full 12 string sound very playable and amazing for the price. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this fine guitar.

Frank from San Angelo

Tue, 06/15/2021 - 16:32

First I give it ***** [5] stars for tone [it jingles as a 12 should], playability and looks. It is better than I expected and I expected a fine guitar. Over the years I have had a love/hate relationship with my many 12 strings, mostly because they wouldn't stay in tune. This one holds tuning which is a minor miracle for a 12. It took me a while to decide to buy because it is the first guitar I have purchased without playing it first. Damn good gamble...she is a keeper and I laud you on a finely constructed guitar. Sincerely, Frank

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

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Specifications

Dimensions
Neck Profile: 
Shallow "C"
Frets To The Body: 
14
Scale Length: 
646 mm (25.4 inches)
Fretboard Radius: 
355mm (14 inches)
Neck width at nut: 
48 mm (1.88 inches)
E to E string spacing at nut: 
41 mm (1.6 inches)
Body Style: 
Alberta Jumbo
Width at Upper Bout: 
29 cm (11.4 inches)
E to E string spacing at saddle: 
60 mm (2.35 inches)
Width at Waist: 
22.5 cm (9 inches)
Width at Lower Bout: 
41cm (16 inches)
Body Depth: 
10 cm (4 inches) at the neck - 12.5 cm (5 inches) at the end-pin
Body Length: 
51.5 cm (20.5 inches)
Materials
Body finish: 
Gloss lacquer
Neck finish: 
Polished satin lacquer
Fretboard and Bridge: 
Macassar Ebony
Neck: 
African Mahogany (Akoumé)
Tuning Machines: 
Grover mini rotomatics
Body Back and Sides: 
Solid bookmatched rare Bolivian Rosewood
Body Top Wood: 
Solid bookmatched AAA grade Sitka Spruce
Nut & Saddle: 
Genuine bone
Strings: 
D'Addario EJ38 light gauge (10-47) phosphor bronze
Extras
Case: 
Professional arch top hardshell case (included at no additional cost)
Electronics: 
Optional L.R.Baggs Anthem

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