The Ian Tyson Inspiration Acoustic Guitar

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The Ian Tyson Inspiration Acoustic Guitar

A solid wood Florentine cut-a-way acoustic

The Ian Tyson Inspiration solid wood acoustic
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The Ian Tyson Inspiration is a solid wood Florentine cut-a-way acoustic guitar crafted with AAA-grade Sitka Spruce and book-matched Bolivian Rosewood.

Thank you Ian. Your memory lives on.

Suggested Retail Price: 
CAD $3,299.99
Your Price: 
Price:USD $1,049.99

When we found a special stash of rare bookmatched Bolivian Rosewood with both heartwood and sapwood, we knew it was destined for an exceptional guitar. We challenged our workshop artisans to craft a one-of-a-kind model defining 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 now-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.

Please note:
The blend between dark heartwood and lighter sapwood varies from guitar to guitar. No matter the blend between the two, we guarantee that your guitar will be a work of art. (NB. Jerry, our luthier, and John waste a lot of time simply marvelling at each guitar as they prep it.)
The black pickguard on the sample is just plain ugly. All production guitars will have the clear pickguard pictured in the image gallery below.

Owner Reviews

Jordon from Hamilton Township

Tue, 09/12/2023 - 11:15

I'm very pleased with my purchase. I was on the hunt for the best acoustic guitar I could find for my money when I found out about Mackenzie and Marr. After reading numerous reviews I was convinced I should at least give them a try since they have a 7 day return window. Well it didn't take long before I knew I wouldn't be sending it back. The sound is unlike anything else in the price range, and I haunted the music stores for a month trying all the big brands. No regrets, this thing plays like a dream and will sound better over time. Well done with this one!

Richard from Conesus

Tue, 07/18/2023 - 09:23

My Ian Tyson Inspiration is an incredible instrument! I have played for over 40 years and own/have owned guitars from many of the top guitar manufacturers: Gibson, Martin, Taylor, Fender, Rickenbacker, etc. This Mackenzie and Marr guitar is the equal of the finest of those guitars and superior to many of them. Tone, playability, craftsmanship, attention to detail are hard to believe in a guitar in this price range. My dad, rest his soul, used to say, “If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is, steer clear of it”. Well Dad, sorry, it’s not the case this time. This guitar exceeds all expectations and is even more aesthetically beautiful than the pictures from the website. Wow!

Graham from Kelowna

Thu, 06/29/2023 - 17:00

Hi I had no problems getting it the high e string broke as soon as I played it when I need new strings I'm going put a 11 gauge set of strings on wondering if it might change the sound I didn't put the pick guard on Hopefully I turn it into a Willie Nelson guitar

Peter from Kitchener

Mon, 05/15/2023 - 12:36

Peter, Kitchener On. I love me new Algonquin 12 string. It's sounds even better than it looks and it looks great. The nut nearest the high E string sticks out a little and is fairly sharp. I find the guitar is extremely heavy.

Vernon from Mesilla Park

Thu, 03/30/2023 - 15:53

The Ian Tyson Inspiration has been a delight from the moment I opened the case. In fact, the case floored me as an included accessory. The instrument is a beautiful meticulously crafted instrument of some of the prettiest woods to be seen. Bolivian Rosewood is gorgeous. Looking over the instrument inside and out, it is evident that much care was taken in the crafting of this guitar. Playing the fretboard is as comfortable as playing my Taylor 814 so no time was spent getting adjusted to it. For the size of the body, I am struck by the lighter weight. Tone-wise it is full but not boomy, with a nicely balanced sound. I'm a very pleased customer. Thank you Mackenzie & Marr!

Moran from Los Altos

Fri, 03/24/2023 - 03:16

I simply love the reverb that the guitar body has — and this is strictly acoustically without using the pick up nor amp! At the price Mac Marr offer it, it’s a hell of a bargain. The one tiny gripe I have are the strings rattling as I play past the 12th fret. However, I am so richly satisfied with my guitar, I can compensate for that happening now and again.

Claude from Piedmont

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 14:17

Pour la seconde fois en 1 mois je me suis procuré une guitare MacKenzie et Marr. J'avais déjà acquis une Tofino X qui est excellente mais je voulais un instrument plus imposant avec pan-coupé. J'ai donc choisi la guitare inspirée de Ian Tyson. C'est un très bel instrument tant par sa sonorité profonde,sa belle gamme de tonalités et un son bien soutenu. Avec son pan coupé florentin, ses boiseries riches faites de bois de rose bolivien, sa table en épinette Sitka AAA, son manche en acajou, sa touche et son pont en ébène confèrent à cet instrument une place parmi les meilleures guitares disponibles actuellement sur le marché. Par ailleurs, son prix très abordable est selon moi sa plus grande qualité compte-tenu de tout ce qu'elle a à offrir. Le service à la clientèle de MacKenzie et Marr est également exceptionnel. Je me suis rendu à leur entrepôt de Montréal rencontrer M. John Marr qui s'est occupé de moi comme un VIP ce qui, de nos jours est fort appréciable. Je vous recommande fortement les guitares MacKenzie et Marr, vous ne serez pas déçu et si vous êtes un passionné comme moi, vous aurez un goût de revenez-y! Merci John pour vos instruments d'exception et votre excellent service. Longue vie à aux guitares MacKenzie et Marr! Claude Trudel Piedmont Québec

Salvatore from Burks Falls

Wed, 09/28/2022 - 20:28

Waited 2 months to get this guitar. On opening the guitar case, I was WOWED. the wood is just beautiful, great piece of art. I have had the guitar now for a week. The sound is amazing. Great sustain and well balanced. I am a novice player but feels great in my hands. I am practicing more which hopefully will make me a better player. Was worth the Waite. Great value for the money.

Lance from Kitchener

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 13:19

Lately, I've been looking about for a different guitar. I've been perfectly happy with my Martin HD-28. When I was learning to play in the late sixties, all my guitar influences played guitars like these. My parents were both musicians and I learned on my Dad's ' 51 Gibson SJ-200 and my Mom's '50 J-45. (Yes, I was lucky!) But, finally, after half a century, I finally realized something. I have a low baritone voice, and the boomy bottom end of those big dreadnoughts drowns out my voice when not plugged in. Back in the old days of poor PA systems, we needed all the volume we could get from acoustic. Not so, today. I'd been trying out some smaller guitars that have great sound and better balance. I found I particularly liked the Martin 000-28 style guitars. But...these are WAY over what I can afford! I love the sound of James Taylor's Olsen guitars, but these are much more expensive than even Martins! Strictly fantasy material! For the last few years. I've been watching the ads for MacKenzie and Marr guitars. They looked beautiful. The marketing philosophy seemed logical. The prices were excellent. All the words made sense – but, then again – Everyone makes claims like this! I've been underwhelmed too many times. I would never have dreamed of buying an acoustic guitar that I couldn't try in person. I don't know how many times I've advised people never to buy a guitar online! But, when I first saw the Ian Tyson inspired guitars on your site I was really intrigued. They looked wonderful, but I couldn't believe the claims about them at that price point. But – one day, I noticed a special deal for one that had been damaged and repaired. I contacted you and was assured that it still had a full factory warranty. The price was so good, I HAD to take it! When it arrived, I was thrilled! It was easily as good as the claims. I waited a few weeks to write this, to make sure I still thought so. I still think so. It actually is the same size as my Martin dread, but for some reason, it seems much smaller. It has that lovely rosewood/spruce sound that I want, but it is much more balanced. The play action is probably the best I've ever seen on an acoustic. More like a typical electric. It is great for both strumming and finger picking. The workmanship is exquisite. The look is even somewhat like those Olsens! And, yes, I've always liked Florentine cutaways. (even though I don't really do much playing up there) At that price, I can't believe that the case is as good as any I've seen on high end instruments. It really is as good as competitors' products costing many thousands of dollars. I can't believe my good fortune in finding such a good instrument at this price. There is only one thing I would change, but it's no fault of the guitar. The pickup included is very nice, and considered high end by most people. Again, I'm surprised to see one of these included in this price range. It works well, but it still has that piezo sound. True, it's well damped, but still, they have to give you directions on how to set it to “find” the best sound.. I will probably leave it in there and use it that way, but, I much prefer the K&K pure mini currently in my Martin. On that one, you don't need a battery, and there is only one sound – that of the guitar. It just gets louder when you turn it up. Personal preference, I suppose. I'm sure many would disagree with me on this. But, in general – I couldn't be happier with my purchase!

GARTH from Orleans

Mon, 05/30/2022 - 13:42

In 2021 we switched from driving to Florida to flying. So I needed to get a guitar that I'd play there. An American friend suggested M&M who were Canadian but I had never heard of. I ended up ordering the Ian Tyson Inspiration which they delivered there. On opening the box, my first impression was how beautiful it was. Unlike the model on the website which was a typical "dark" rosewood, it is a lighter "golden" colour with a lovely grain structure. On playing it, I was impressed by the ergonomics of its smooth straight neck, low action, and comfy body fit. And the sound! Wow. Clear, distinct, and balanced. The case too is beautiful, solid and very snugly padded. Heading back to Canada in 2022 I was very conflicted. I didn't want to leave my best guitar behind. But then I wouldn't have one in Florida. So I ordered another for delivery here! Again the same beautiful look, feel, and sound of the sibling. Obviously, I highly recommend it. Check out John Marr's videos of the Riverboat and ITI models which gives a better view of the back and sides of Bolivian rosewood. My spruce tops are "unblemished".



Neck Profile: 
shallow "C"
Frets To The Body: 
Scale Length: 
646 mm (25.4 inches)
Fretboard Radius: 
355mm (14 inches)
Neck width at nut: 
43 mm (1.7 inches)
E to E string spacing at nut: 
3.5 cm (1.4 inches)
Body Style: 
Jumbo Florentine Cut-a-way
Width at Upper Bout: 
29 cm (11.4 inches)
E to E string spacing at saddle: 
55 mm (2.15 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 laquer
Neck finish: 
Hand buffed satin laquer
Fretboard and Bridge: 
Macassar Ebony
Solid African Mahogany
Tuning Machines: 
Grover vintage open gearing high ratio (18:1) tuning machines
Body Back and Sides: 
Solid Bookmatched Bolivian Rosewood
Body Top Wood: 
AAA Solid Sitka Spruce
Nut & Saddle: 
Genuine bone
Hand-scalloped Spruce X bracing
D'Addario EXP16 light gauge (12-53) coated Phosphor Bronze
Professional arch top hardshell case (included at no additional cost)
Optional L.R.Baggs Anthem

Photo Gallery


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Rob Lutes Plays the New Spruce and Bolivian Rosewood Ian Tyson Inspiration


The MacKenzie & Marr Ian Tyson Acoustic Played By Rob Lutes

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