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Algonquin 12 String Acoustic Guitar

A Solid Wood Spruce and Bolivian Rosewood 12 String Guitar

The Algonquin 12 string solid wood acoustic guitar
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PLEASE NOTE: All new orders will be shipped in early January.

Our solid AAA grade Sitka Spruce and Bolivian Rosewood 12-string acoustic 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 introduced a 12 String acoustic guitar. The Algonquin 12 with its AAA-grade Sitka top and Bolivian Rosewood back and sides has been a huge hit. It easily outperforms 12 strings costing 3 or 4 times as much.

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.

The MacKenzie & Marr Algonquin 12 is an exceptional acoustic guitar known for its impeccable craftsmanship and rich tonal qualities. Designed by the renowned Canadian guitar company MacKenzie & Marr, the Algonquin 12 combines traditional construction techniques with modern innovations to deliver a superior playing experience.

At the heart of the Algonquin 12 is its solid AAA grade Sitka spruce top, which provides a well-balanced and resonant sound. The back and sides are crafted from solid Bolivian Rosewood, adding warmth and depth to the guitar's tone. This combination of tonewoods creates a harmonious blend of clarity, projection, and dynamic range, making it suitable for a wide range of musical styles.

The Algonquin 12 features a comfortable, easy-to-play mahogany neck with an ebony fingerboard, ensuring smooth playability and excellent intonation. The precise fretwork allows for effortless chord transitions and intricate fingerpicking patterns. The guitar is also equipped with high-quality hardware, including Grover tuners and a bone nut and saddle, which contribute to its exceptional tuning stability and sustain.

One of the standout features of the Algonquin 12 is its stunning aesthetics. The guitar boasts an elegant, minimalist design with tasteful appointments such as herringbone purfling, a vintage-inspired tortoiseshell pickguard, and tasteful binding. The attention to detail in the construction and finishing is evident, creating a visually striking instrument that is as much a pleasure to look at as it is to play.

The MacKenzie & Marr Algonquin 12 is a meticulously crafted acoustic guitar that offers outstanding sound, playability, and aesthetics. Whether you're a professional musician or an avid enthusiast, the Algonquin 12 is a worthy instrument that will inspire and elevate your musical journey.

Owner Reviews

JOHN from Sudbury

Thu, 01/18/2024 - 14:02

Having only received my Algonquin 12 String a couple days ago, this review in based on my initial reaction. Definitely a beautiful instrument, with very minor 'imperfections' that really only add to the character of the guitar. I owned a Vox 12 string many years ago (don't recall what happened to it) and a Yamaha 12 more recently. Clearly my Algonquin far surpasses both. The tone and sustain match that of my Martin D28 (which is 14 years old). I have loved the sound of a 12 string ever since I attended a performance by Gordon Lightfoot in 1967 at the Living End Lounge in Detroit; hence the acquisition of the Vox. I had the chance to discuss Gibson B45-12 with Gord, which at the time was out of my price range. The Algonquin I am sure meets or possibly surpasses the Gibson in appearance and tone. The only modification that I intend to do with my guitar is to lower the saddle sightly as I primarily play finger-style and desire easier action at the upper end of the fret-board. Now back to playing my new guitar!

donna from Wimauma

Tue, 01/09/2024 - 11:53

Hi this is Bill Donna's husband. She bought me the Algonquin 12 string for Christmas and boy was I happy. I have a couple of Martin six strings with Indian Rosewood back and sides that sound good and have played a friend's with Brazilian Rosewood that is special. So when I saw your video on the shark pit and looked up your site I saw and read about all of your guitars and was impressed with the quality look and the materials that you used. I have been wanting a 12 string for a while and fell in love with the Algonquin so when my wife asked me what I wanted for Christmas I showed her your guitar. So we took a chance and it has proven to be one of the best decisions I've ever made. It looks beautiful and sounds beautiful. The fretboard plays like butter. I took it to my guitar group and everyone fell in love with it. Now I am thinking about selling one of my Martin's and getting one of your six strings to match it. Thank you for building such a fantastic guitar. Your new friend Bill

Robert from Michigan city

Thu, 01/04/2024 - 13:20

This is an amazing 12 string guitar. The sound and sustain are incredible the only thing I would like to see is a ebony finger board, but it is amazing. Even the case is nice. Fits like a glove. I still can't believe the quality for the price. Nice

john from Amherst

Wed, 11/29/2023 - 18:51

I have owned some rather pricey guitars in my 72yrs of playing.This is by far the best of the bunch,the workmanship,tone and projection are exactly what I was looking for.If you are hesitant as I was not to worry all the reviews of the Algonquin 12 are accurate.

john from Glace Bay

Wed, 10/11/2023 - 17:44

Hi , thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts on your guitar/music -it's beautiful -sounds great ,and it 's priced right-in my opinion. I received guitar from staples(fed ex location ) -had to pick up on my way to hospital to see my wife who had surgery-never will I forget that day -her surgery, my new guitar I have a schedule -to play in nursing homes-my accordion/guitar and harmonica -this week and at least next week I'm nursing my wife at home-I just asked her if I could take a break and play a few tunes at the kitchen table-the guitar- my Mackenzie and Marr 12,string is parked next to a beautiful window looking at the ocean with cruise ships passing by in evening hours. nice case, nice guitar-I play a 6 string Richards guitar or my 6 string larrivee -and wanted a 12 string for fuller sound in an acoustic nursing home environment ,I had no issue with ordering,delivery,payment-and this survey request is just a simple way for the company to follow up and market more-no issues with competency -only makes sense and is reasonable to ask me. good luck with future sales-I 'd be happy to stay in touch or refer to potential customers now back to serenading my wife who definitely could use a pick me up-I'm a guitar and every body picks on me John Mullaly Glace Bay,ns

Todd C from Frederick

Wed, 08/30/2023 - 07:31

I've been watching Mackenzie & Marr for quite some time, enjoying the website videos. Owning too many acoustic guitars, another purchase didn't seem prudent. However, I have begun to get serious about recording my original songs, so for the past 8-10 months I have been slowly building a catalog of recordings using several of my 6-string acoustics. Discussing arrangements with my producer, we decided that having a 12-string on some of the songs would be a good idea, so I purchased an older Alarez-Yairi 12-string. The guitar is fine, but playability is typical 'fight you' 12-string, making the playing experience difficult. After checking the Mackenzie & Marr website, as I do periodically, I discovered that the 12-string Algonquin had finally been released and was in-stock, so I hit the 'Buy' button. Although I haven't had as much playing time using the Algonquin as I'd like, I have been pleased with not only the fit & finish, but also the sound (full & rich). The guitar is has a beautiful small jumbo outline and wood selection is right-on. The most important part is playability - it is excellent ! So, am I satisfied, definitely 'YES'. I'll be doing an online video review of the guitar in the future so stay tuned. Thanks to John and the Mackenzie & Marr crew.

Richard from Crestone

Mon, 08/28/2023 - 16:34

I have the Algonquin 12, and while it may not be quite as good as my 1972 Martin 12-string, I've compared it to a $2,500 Taylor 12-string and find the MacMarr FAR superior, both in terms of sound and fingering.

Kirk from Queen Creek

Wed, 06/28/2023 - 23:12

I will admit, I was hesitant to purchase the Algonquin 12 string, but I really wanted a high-quality instrument without paying 3k for it. After doing some research, and reading reviews, it seemed that these guitars fit that description. Even though I wasn’t certain of that, the guarantee made it worth the try. So, I have to say, I was not only more than impressed with this guitar, it actually far exceeded my expectations. First of all, the wood is absolutely beautiful. I love to just look at it. But secondly, it is wonderful to play, and sounds amazing. I am actually thinking of selling my Taylor six string and buying the Dionisio. If it is even close to the 12 string, it will easily rival my Taylor at essentially half the price. I hope more people discover this company, and the wonderful instruments they make. I am a fan.

Steven from Coquitlam

Sun, 06/25/2023 - 21:25

At $1500 this guitar represents exceptional value. The quality of the wood is nice. The craftsmanship is really very good. The sound is balanced, and the guitar seems to resonate much longer than I would have expected. There are lovely and complex harmonics that make it a joy to play and listen to. The sound is very clean and clear. This guitar is built to last. It is SOLID! Everything seems to be overbuilt compared to most other 12’s I considered in this price range. With the light strings that it came with, one could expect this guitar would be passed down to grandchildren and beyond. The gloss lacquer shows well but is perhaps too thick, and I think might mute the guitar a bit. The electronics are top notch and more than compensate for the lower overall volume that light strings and a heavier build deliver. The bottom end is also a bit lacking. I expected more bass response out of a jumbo body, but again – the electronics can compensate for that. My guitar came with a beautiful heartwood strip down the centre of the back, but no heartwood on the sides. It should be noted to future buyers considering this guitar – ‘Bolivian Rosewood’ is actually Pau Ferro… had I known this before purchasing, I would have bought something else. Knowing this after the fact, I have a new appreciation for another tonewood that until now I though was reserved for entry level fingerboards. Maccassar Ebony is not as black as true ebony - looks more like rosewood to me, but nice none the less. Is the top ‘AAA’ Sitka? Hmmm… it is nice, and does have some nice figuring, but the figuring is not consistent across the entire top and does not have the visual depth that triple ‘aaa’ typically does. The top on my Larrivee D-05 it is far superior (although it was hand-picked by Jean Jr. for me and may be in a class of its own). Carefully check your headstock before you decide it will not stay in tune. Initially I struggled tuning this thing, wondering why the b would go out of tune every time I tuned the e… During set up at M&M, one of the high e strings was intertwined with a b string… seems there is not much room up there to route the stings properly. The pegs in the saddle could be spaced better. I would prefer the second-row strings didn’t contact the front row pegs. Plastic binding? Canadian Maple would be a tasteful and cost-effective improvement. A binding on the finger board would be a nice touch as well. A vintage-inspired tortoiseshell pickguard was mentioned in the marketing description but absent from the case. A clear plastic one was included instead. The strap button is not in the position indicted on the website but run into the heel at the back of the guitar, making it impossible to keep a strap attached there. It will definitely require replacement with a strap lock. Am I being a bit too picky? Perhaps. But when the marketing description suggests it is worth $4,200… I thought I would point out why it would not sell at that price. I should not be able to find fault with anything at all on a $4K guitar. A 7-day trial really isn’t enough time to bond with a guitar and it took a few months for me to really get familiar with it. I understand that a longer trial makes it too difficult to accept a return, so I went into this assuming I would keep it and just accept my purchase. I may buy one of the others I looked at in the same price range for comparison. That said, the Algonquin 12 does provide more value than the $1,500 asked for one.Steve

Victor from Auburndale

Mon, 05/01/2023 - 11:06

Upon receiving the 12 string guitar, I tuned it up and immediately could tell, it was a keeper! The vibrant sound of the 12 string was awesome! I have played several songs on it to date and just love the sound!❤️ I play songs on Youtube/FB and did a song for my audience and had many comments saying what a beautiful sounding guitar! Thanks Vic Shumate Auburndale, Fl



Neck Profile: 
Shallow "C"
Frets To The Body: 
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)
Body finish: 
Gloss lacquer
Neck finish: 
Polished satin lacquer
Fretboard and Bridge: 
Macassar Ebony
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
Hand scalloped Spruce X bracing
D'Addario EJ38 light gauge (10-47) phosphor bronze
Body Binding: 
Bridge Pins: 
Professional arch top hardshell case (included at no additional cost)
Optional L.R.Baggs Anthem

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