When we found a secret stash of rare Bolivian Rosewood, we knew it was destined for an exceptional guitar. We challenged our workshop artisans to craft a one of a kind model that would define the art of building a MacKenzie and Marr acoustic.
They asked for inspiration, so we turned to our old friend in Alberta. Ian Tyson had definite ideas about what he wanted. The result of his input, together with the skill of our craftsmen, has delivered an exceptional solid wood Florentine cutaway - the Ian Tyson Inspiration, the newest MacKenzie & Marr Guitar.
A Florentine cutaway, one that comes to a sharp point, differs from a gently curved Venetian cutaway in more than just visual appeal. With a Florentine cutaway, the guitar is constructed as a symmetrical full-body model, and then the cutaway section is removed. The sidewall of the detached section is inverted and re-attached, creating the unique Florentine profile.
Because of the skill, time and difficulty required to craft a genuine Florentine cutaway, they are not as common as the Venetian version.
The blend between dark heartwood and lighter sapwood varies from guitar to guitar. Ian has one that is mostly sapwood with only a small touch of lighter heartwood near the heel of the neck. Most guitars are 100% dark heartwood.
The black pickguard on the sample is just plain ugly. All production guitars will have the clear pickguard pictured in the image gallery below.
Why not visit Stony Plain Records (Ian Tyson's label) to browse his extensive catalogue.