Opeongo - our OO small body acoustic

A full sound in a small guitar doesn't cost thousands anymore
Availability: 
Preorder

Opeongo is now sold out for 2019. The next production will be available in late February 2020. Demand for his guitar continually exceeds supply, so we've opened advance pre-ordering to guarantee delivery.

Price:USD $697.99

Building a small body guitar is easy. Building one worth listening to? Not so easy. And one that is a joy to play? Even tougher.

It took us two years of experimentation and samples before we finally created a 00 size solid wood acoustic we could call a true MacKenzie & Marr guitar. Calling upon two highly respected luthiers we started by re-engineering the bracing. Highly sculpted X bracing supports the top without restricting the "acoustic trampoline" of the quarter sawn Sitka Spruce. The back and sides are solid Indonesian Mahogany which suits the geometry of a small body guitar perfectly. By engineering the neck of Opeongo to transmit acoustic vibrations along its length, telegraphing them to the slotted headstock we've expanded the resonating chamber beyond the physical confines of the body.

The overtones and sustain created by the play of space and materials belie the small body size. Hearing the true"wood" voice of Opeongo and experiencing the projection of that voice for the first time throws everyone off. Playing Opeongo is even more of a joy. 12 frets to the body (most guitars including our other models have 14 frets clear of the body) mean less stretching and more comfortable fingering. Even barre chords become pleasurable to play (pleasurable, in this case being highly subjective because who among us really enjoys barre chords?). The 1 3/4 inch fretboard width at the nut encourages accurate finger picking. As with all MacKenzie & Marr Guitars, it comes with a limited lifetime warranty against any manufacturing and/or material defects. Play this guitar in the comfort of your own home for a week. If you don't fall in love with it we'll take it back and issue a full refund, including shipping costs.

A hard shell case is included at no additional cost with every Opeongo guitar.

Specifications

Dimensions
Frets To The Body: 
12
Scale Length: 
636mm (25 in)
Fretboard Radius: 
14 inches (30.48 cm)
Width at Nut: 
44.5mm (1 3/4 in)
E to E string spacing at nut: 
37mm (1/1/2 in)
Width at Upper Bout: 
245mm (9.5 in)
Width at Waist: 
203.2 mm (8 in)
Width at Lower Bout: 
360mm (14 1/4 in)
Body Depth: 
970mm (4 in)
Body Length: 
475mm (18 7/8 in)
Materials
Fretboard: 
Pao Ferro (Bolivian Rosewood)
Neck: 
Indonesian Mahogany
Tuning Machines: 
Open gearing high ratio (18:1) Grover tuning machines
Body Back and Sides: 
Sold Indonesian Mahongany - Open pore finish
Body Top: 
AAA grade solid Sitka Spruce
Body Top Wood: 
AAA Sitka Spruce - matte finish
Nut & Saddle: 
Bone
Extras
Case: 
Professional arch top hardshell case (no additional cost)
Electronics: 
Optional L.R.Baggs Anthem

Photo Gallery

Videos

Iain Matthews Playing MacKenzie & Marr Opeongo

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MacKenzie and Marr Opeongo - Harmonics and Overtones

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The MacKenzie & Marr Opeongo in Open Tuning

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Cécile Doo-Kingué plays the MacKenzie & Marr Opeongo

That Was Then

Back around the turn of the century (the 20th century that is) we'd sit down in the parlor after a hard day's work and pick out a few tunes. Those small body guitars were fun to play and sounded really sweet. But time marched on - obviously to a different drummer - guitars grew in size to accommodate the need for "boomer" concert hall sound and our favorite OO size acoustics followed Gene Autry into the sunset. Building small guitars with a full, rich resonant voice became a lost art. But............

This is Now

..........everything old becomes new again. The resurgence of small parlor style guitars is (pardon the oxymoron) huge. They're showing up everywhere played by the really cool dudes and dudettes. (You don't think Rodney Crowell is cool?). We first played a modern small body guitar made by a California company, who's name, looking north across Monterey Bay, shall remain nameless. It was love at first chord. But it wasn't cheap and we quickly realized that OO guitars were either expensive and great or affordable and really not very good at all. We took up the challenge of blending small with affordable and great. It took three years but we did it.

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).

Fall In Love In Less Than a Week

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).

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