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.
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.