We like to think that we're more than just ‘another guitar company’. Last year, Canada held its 150th celebration and we decided to join the festivities! Aside from the obvious pride we take in our guitars, our genuine love of music and our belief that we can succeed in our business while respecting our core values, we feel honoured to have the opportunity of expressing our pride and admiration for our great country because we truly are grateful to be part of this vastness that is Canada, to bear witness and appreciate its constant musical evolution. Our humble nod to all Canadians this year and our reminder to ourselves of everything we stand for will be expressed by the emblem of our country's 150th celebration on our latest creation, the ‘Gratitude Canada 150’.
The importance of wood quality cannot be overly stressed. Because we don't need to allow for distributor or dealer mark-ups we have the freedom to use only the best tone woods. For this guitar's top we chose AAA grade, book-matched Canadian Sitka Spruce for a crisp, resonant response. The top thickness, tuned by our craftsmen varies between 2.8 and 3 mm including lacquer finish. We've adopted this luthier-built standard for good reason. The extra effort of reducing mass greatly broadens the sound field.
Inside the body you'll find scalloped Spruce braces and tone bars as well as a Maple bridge plate. Despite advances in modern production there are some traditional techniques that define high end acoustic guitars. The “old fashioned” dovetail joint used to mate the neck with the body is an example. The hand carved wood-to-wood connection transmits player actions and vibrations in a way that has to be experienced to be appreciated. All MacKenzie & Marr guitars, Including the Gratitude Canada 150, have genuine hand-set dovetail neck-to-body joinery.
Because we share a concern about dwindling wood resources and the rampant growth of trade in unethically harvested Rosewood, Ebony and other species with many other guitar makers, the fretboard of the new Gratitude Canada 150 represents an exciting departure from our usual tried and true practice of choosing components of natural wood. After 2 years of testing (and hundreds of hours of playing) we're introducing our first production model with the fretboard and bridge crafted from Blackwood Tek.
Like all MacKenzie & Marr guitars the tuning machines of the Canada 150 are very high ratio, meaning the post of the tuner turns very slowly in relation to the button (in this case 20 turns of the button will rotate the post (and attached string) just once. For someone used to the standard 14:1 tuning machines of most brands the difference in accuracy is a revelation.
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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