The Ian Tyson Inspiration

A solid wood Florentine cut-a-way acoustic The Ian Tyson Inspiration solid wood acoustic
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All existing pre-orders will be shipped in the first two weeks of September. All new orders will be shipped in September. 

Every purchase will include a coupon for a free copy of 'The Lost Tapes" the new Ian and Sylvia disk.


Our tribute to one of the great singer-songwriters of our age. Crafted from rare Bolivian Rosewood and AAA grad Sitka Spruce.
Price:USD $1,007.45

When we found a secret stash of rare Bolivian Rosewood we knew it was destined for a very special 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 very specific 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 Flotentine cutaway the guitar is constructed as a symetrical full body model and then the cutaway section is removed. The sidewall of the detatched section is inverted and re-attached creating the unique Florentine profile.

Because of the skill, time and dificulty required to craft a true Florentine cutaway they are not as common as the Venetian version.

There are a limited number of Ian Tyson Inspiration guitars available for pre-order.

Please note:
The blend between light heartwood and darker sapwood varies from guitar to guitar. Ian has one that is mostly sapwood with only a small touch of lighter hesartwood near the heel of the neck.
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.


Frets To The Body: 
Scale Length: 
646 mm (25.4 inches)
Fretboard Radius: 
305mm (12 inches)
Width at Nut: 
43 mm (1.7 inches)
E to E string spacing at nut: 
3.5 cm (1.4 inches)
Width at Upper Bout: 
29 cm (11.4 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)
Indonesian Mahogany
Tuning Machines: 
Grover vintage open gearing high ratio (18:1) tuning machines
Body Back and Sides: 
Rare Bolivian Rosewood
Body Top: 
AAA Solid Sitka Spruce
Nut & Saddle: 
Genuine bone
Professional arch top hardshell case (included at no additional cost)
Optional L.R.Baggs Anthem

Photo Gallery


Guitar Mama


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

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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).

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