This guitar used to be called the Ron Hynes Songwriter
Price:CAD $699.99

Our dreadnought body formed the foundation for the new guitar. It's been an astoundingly successful shape since we launched it. Mahogany was the obvious wood choice to for the back and sides. It is a wonderful tone wood for highlighting higher frequencies. How did we add back in the power in the lower registers? The secret is in the top wood. Cedar tops are our specialty. Really exceptional Cedar - the kind you need for really exceptional guitars - is expensive. Most guitar makers have to build a dealer markup into their prices so they often don't use the really good stuff. We're not constrained by expensive distribution so we use only top quality wood and hand select each book matched pair. The cedar top of the Canadian Songwriter has an open grain which works beautifully with Mahogany B/S. The combination of open grain top wood and light weight Indonesian Mahogany projects clear and strong bass frequencies.

 

The Canadian Songwriter

A songwriter's guitar is a very special instrument. It needs to respond to the "Muse" along with the artist and as any writer will tell you, the Muse is a capricious mistress. One minute she's demanding a bluesy walk down the big strings and the next a fiddle inspired jig ending somewhere north of the 10th fret. To label a songwriting guitar as "versatile" would be an understatement. Sonically it needs both a bright treble and an instantly available thumping bass - not an easy combination. Each string has to deliver distinct overtones and yet one can't hog the spotlight. The action and the neck need to have a tactile quality best described as "invisible". in short, a songwriting guitar is a very personal thing - not so much a tool as an extension of the artist. We're especially proud to introduce the Ron Hynes Songwriter. 
 
An acoustic guitar with a bright resonant treble usually gives up power at the low end. We wanted to overcome that characteristic. We wanted a strong projective bass and a bright crisp upper end. We also wanted it at an unheard of price for a solid wood guitar of this quality. In short we wanted it all - easy playability, versatile sound and a rocket price. We're thrilled to say we did it!
 
The Canadian Songwriter continues our quest to bring solid wood high end acoustic guitars to musicians at affordable prices. At $699.99 (including a professional grade hardshell case and an electric pickup) it redefines value. 
 
Our dreadnought body (inspired by the iconic 1930s Martin D's) formed the foundation for the new guitar. It's been an astoundingly successful shape since we launched it. Mahogany was the obvious wood choice to for the back and sides. It is a wonderful tone wood for highlighting higher frequencies. How did we add back in the power in the lower registers? The secret is in the top wood. Cedar tops are our specialty. Really exceptional Cedar - the kind you need for really exceptional guitars - is expensive. Most guitar makers have to build a dealer markup into their prices so they often don't use the really good stuff. We're not constrained by expensive distribution so we use only top quality wood and hand select each book matched pair. The cedar top of the Canadian Songwriter has an open grain which works beautifully with Mahogany B/S. The combination of open grain top wood and light weight Indonesian Mahogany projects clear and strong bass frequencies.

Ron Hynes

Just starting but loving my Ron Hynes, sounds great, lots of volume and easy to play ,, a lot of guitar for the price :) :)
Owner: nick1249fanning

I'm a first year business

I'm a first year business student at Western, who had the MMG marketing case and I definately raised the price from $699 to $799.99 instead of lower it. I also play guitar and see the online advertisements all the time but feel they are ineffective, the ad doesn't even have the MMG name on it. If it were me that had to market this guitar, I would have done it very different, it's still a solid guitar for this up and coming legendary guitar company! I would love to try out this guitar some day, but can't do that in retailers, which is upsetting. I've youtubed some of the different MMG guitars and they are definately a noteworthy guitar for the price.
Owner: dc19

Torino vs Ron Hynes

Stupid question. I'm ready to purchase a Tofino and I'm reading about how well the Ron Hynes is being received. I've watched the video of the Tofino being played and it sounds great. How do the two guitars match one on one? I'd like to see a video of the Hynes being played. I believe in most cases you get what you pay for in a guitar but is the Tofino $400 better then the Hynes? Probably impossible to judge.....like I said...silly question. I'm leaning toward the Tofino anyway.
Owner: bergerri

Ron Hynes Song Writer

Purchased today on a "flyer" am looking forward to trying it out. Will post again after strangling it for a bit
Owner: mackenz1

Songwriter

After a month of play, I thoroughly enjoy the instrument, a very slight buzz at the third fret was corrected with a tiny adjustment of the truss rod. Out of the box an incredible bang for the buck.
Owner: mackenz1

Tofino or Songwriter ?

I am lucky to have them both. If you play hard in song circles or open mic venues the Songwriter will deliver. It cannot match the Tofino in the more intricate fingering styles on open mic- I think it's due to the difference in pick-ups. It has a warmer tone across the board and is well worth the quality you're getting. The sustain & presence of them both are unbelievable. I left the pick guard off of the Tofino & removed the one that came on the Songwriter , replacing it with the Tofino's . I just barely tweaked the Songwriter to adjust the action . It plays sweet. I'm waiting for my 3rd M&M guitar to be delivered in the next few days - The Ian Tyson model. Their products are really high quality for a lot less than what you'd spend on any other hand made guitars. Any way you go, you won't be disappointed.
Owner: drkilobravo207

More M & M purchases.

I'm patiently waiting on my 4th MacKenzie - Marr guitar. I'm pulling the trigger & have paid John for the Dionisio model ( Actually 2 - one for a close friend who was on the fence in deciding , Tofino or Dionisio.) In my " Bangs for the buck" mentality, I'd rate them with Martin & Taylor in quality & sound. You won't be disappointed.
Owner: drkilobravo207

More M & M purchases.

I'm patiently waiting on my 4th MacKenzie - Marr guitar. I'm pulling the trigger & have paid John for the Dionisio model ( Actually 2 - one for a close friend who was on the fence in deciding , Tofino or Dionisio.) In my " Bangs for the buck" mentality, I'd rate them with Martin & Taylor in quality & sound. You won't be disappointed.
Owner: drkilobravo207

Ron Hynes Songwriter Signature Guitar

This is the best purchase I have ever made the sound truly resonates with that Taylor & Martin quality!! beautiful deep tone with crisp high note clarity that only comes from high quality instrument. I have had it for a week now and just can't put it down. I do plug it in but I love the barefoot acoustic sound even better. 2 Thumbs Up on this one!! on price, sound & workmanship "I noticed my friends had a hint of jealousy", You know the feeling "DAM I want that" with the tight lip anchous look & mmm how much? thing going on. I was a little skeptical at first because of the size and weight, I am use to my 12 string Takamine big body guitar but found it to be more comfortable, more volume, more tone and clarity. I'll would never give up my Takamine, and now my M&M songwriter for its bluegrass picking sound. You will be pleased great purchase. Cheers...
Owner: phillw53

Scale Length: 

25 1/2v inches

Width at Upper Bout: 

11 1/2 inches

Width at Nut: 

1 23/32 inches (just shy of 1 3/4)

Body Back and Sides: 

AA Solid Indonesian Mahogany

Fretboard: 

Rosewood

Width at Lower Bout: 

15 3/4 inches

Tuning Machines: 

20:1 M&M gold plated with acrylic buttons

Case: 

Premium arch top hardshell case with combination lock

Neck: 

Straight grain Indonesian Mahogany

Body Length: 

19 3/4 in

Neck Radius: 

16 inches (40.6 cm)

E to E string spacing at nut: 

1 7/16 inches (36.2 mm)

Body Top: 

AA solid Western Canadia Red Cedar

Model: 

Canadian Songwriter

Electronics: 

B Band under-saddle pickup

Nut & Saddle: 

Nut - bone, Saddle Tusq

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