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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
Availability: 
In stock

We are now taking preorders for late December 2020 delivery.

 

 

Our tribute to one of the great singer-songwriters of our age. Crafted from rare Bolivian Rosewood and AAA-grade Sitka Spruce.
December Delivery Preorder
Suggested Retail Price: 
CAD $3,299.99
Your Price: 
USD $1,005.19

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.

Please note:
The blend between dark heartwood and lighter sapwood varies from guitar to guitar. No matter what the blend between the two we guarantee that your guitar will be a work of art. (NB. Jerry, our luthier, and John waste a whole 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.

Why not visit Stony Plain Records (Ian Tyson's label) to browse his extensive catalogue.

Owner Reviews

Randy from Toronto

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 11:26

It took me about 30 seconds to fall in love with this guitar. As soon as I lifted it out of the case and plucked a few strings, I knew it was a special piece of work. The sound is amazingly dynamic with a rich bottom end and beautiful highs. It plays extremely well and the Florentine cut-away gives access to a repertoire that is seldom explored in acoustic guitars. The location of the strap button bothered me until I tried it and it does give a better balance that I would have expected. I also got the Anthem pickup, which also works extremely well. It almost captures the dynamic range of the un-amplified guitar - almost :) Finally, there is a clear pickguard included that one can put on. I tried it but it's hard to mount without getting bubbles underneath and honestly it detracts from the look of the guitar. Besides, guitar is a tool not an ornament so a few scratches means it's getting used well. Great product!!!

Richard from Hudson

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 11:42

WOW! I’ve had the Tyson for two days and I’m just now able to put the guitar down. It plays beautifully and sounds just perfect. The tone quality is superb and the sustain is amazing! I’ve been playing since the early 1960s and can honestly say that I’ve never had a better “out of the box” experience… I’ve currently got 10 6-strings and 8 12-strings and the Ian Tyson is my new daily player! If you ever make a 12-string, just send the first one to me! Thanks so much for a beautifully crafted and set up instrument!

Douglas from Killeen

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 11:39

Yesterday I received my Ian Tyson / MacKenzie-Marr guitar and case. I played it all night long. The craftsmanship and that sound is incredible! I own several Martins and since I have played the MacKenzie- Marr guitar designed by Ian Tyson, I'm afraid the Martins will have to take a backseat. I sent John Marr an email thanking him for the fine guitar and quick shipping... All the way from Montreal to Killeen Texas in six days, and it arrived in perfect condition. The neck is fast and the tone is loud and full. It has great "ever-last". As we say in Texas, "You can hit a chord, set it in the guitar stand, go in the kitchen and make a sandwich and go back to the guitar and the sound box is still ringing with a rich, round tone"! The case is of a rich quality as well, padded with thick felt, it locks and looks great! I encourage you serious guitar players and collectors, order one. John Marr will take personal care of your order. This is NOT a paid ad...I'm just very excited to have this Ian Tyson model guitar! Douglas Bowman Killeen, Texas.

Gene from Mississauga

Sun, 09/22/2019 - 11:45

First, a big thank-you for shipping the Ian Tyson Inspiration. It's an absolutely lovely instrument that sounds as good as it looks. I'm very pleased with it. Second, could you tell me what brand and gauge strings are on it? I love the sound and when it's time for new strings I'd like to replace them with the same kind. I really don't need seven days to love this instrument. By the second day of playing it I knew it was a keeper. Cheers, Gene

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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: 
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)
Materials
Body finish: 
Gloss laquer
Neck finish: 
Hand buffed sastin laquer
Fretboard: 
Macassar Ebony
Neck: 
Solid Indonesian Mahogany
Tuning Machines: 
Grover vintage open gearing high ratio (18:1) tuning machines
Body Back and Sides: 
Solid Bookmatched Rare Bolivian Rosewood
Body Top Wood: 
AAA Solid Sitka Spruce
Nut & Saddle: 
Genuine bone
Strings: 
D'Addario EXP16 light gauge (12-53) coated Phosphor Bronze
Extras
Case: 
Professional arch top hardshell case (included at no additional cost)
Electronics: 
Optional L.R.Baggs Anthem

Photo Gallery

Videos

Guitar Mama

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

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The MacKenzie & Marr Ian Tyson Acoustic Played By Rob Lutes

An Important Note Regarding Porch Pirates

When we ship a guitar we always send it with instructions to the courier that a signature MUST be obtained at the time of delivery. If no one is home to sign for the carton, it will not be left. We do this to ensure that your guitar does not fall into the hands of porch pirates (or other nefarious characters such as bass players or drummers).

UPDATE - We've learned that during the COVID-19 crisis FedEx is sometimes leaving cartons with no signature. Please follow the tracking number we provide to make sure you know when your guitar arrives.

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Try any of our guitars in the comfort of your own home. If you don't fall head over heels in love within a week we'll arrange to take it back and issue a full refund (including shipping).
*certain conditions apply.

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