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Opeongo - our OO small body acoustic

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


Opeongo small body acoustic guitar
Availability: 
In stock

Opeongo is now in stock. If past experience is any judge that won't last long. Order now to avoid the next preorder wait.

Crafted from solid AAA grade Sitka Spruce and solid Mahogany. A small guitar with a big sound.
Suggested Retail Price: 
CAD $2,399.99
Your Price: 
Price:USD $699.99

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 an authentic 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. Twelve 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 enjoys barre chords?). The 1 3/4 inch fretboard width at the nut encourages accurate fingerpicking.

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.

Owner Reviews

Norman from Conway

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 15:55

Just a big thanx for building my OO. Opeongo. I’m so pleased with this little beauty. Beyond my expectations. Plays like a dream with flatpick AND finger style...clean sound, makes me want to do the “old” songs as well as adapt to “newer” stuff.

Bill from Winnipeg

Sun, 06/27/2021 - 14:42

I have played guitar for 58 years but it has been a bit spotty so I am not the greatest. That being said I have played and owned many guitars over the years. In all that time I have not owned a 12 fret to the body so I thought I would try one. The Opeongo has a strong ringing tone and is virtually flawless in it's construction. After tuning a few strings it was good to go. The action was a bit higher than I like but I left it that way for the one week trial. There is lots of height in the saddle so I can get whatever action I choose. I will not be returning this guitar

Daniel from Jacksonville

Tue, 06/15/2021 - 11:42

I had been looking for a parlor size guitar for quite some time and had tried out several. I wasn’t impressed by any I tried either because they just didn’t have much sound or didn’t play well or weren’t very well constructed. I decided to take a chance on the Mackenzie & Marr Opeongo since I could return in a week it if I wasn’t happy for a full refund, including return shipping. I was so pleasantly surprised at how big and beautiful it sounded for a smaller acoustic. The workmanship is impeccable and it’s so beautifully finished plus I love love the retro look. The neck is superb. I knew pretty much immediately that I was keeping it. No complaints whatsoever. I’d highly recommend one to anybody in the market for a parlor guitar.

James from Novato

Fri, 06/11/2021 - 10:11

I waited a long time for my guitar to arrive, with some anxious moments because of COVID shipping delays. But I was thrilled when UPS delivered it. Some perspective: I have several guitars, some of which are made by high-end guitar makers with big names and one that is a custom job. So I know and appreciate quality. At this price point, I wasn't expecting to get an instrument that would compete with those larger instruments. In fact, I chose the Opeongo because I wanted a 12-fret with the feel that those instruments are known for—a looser feel and faster action. I added the Baggs pickup because one of my main guitars has the same one. Okay, so the results: Yesterday, I spent another hour playing my M & M. It is a "hot-rod" of a guitar that invites improvisation. What I also appreciate is its sonic balance. While it is not a "boomer" at this size, the bass notes absolutely support the treble end. Everything is clear. Chords seem more transparent as a result. I also value the "songs" that come out of any guitar, seemingly born with them. I noticed in the first half-hour of play that this guitar had some ideas of its own—things that somehow came out of my hand for the first time. Okay, that's magical thinking, I know. But it's true. This guitar had some gifts for me. I wish it had a glossy finish, yes, and if that were ever an option (like the pickup) I would go for it. But this is a friendly, playable guitar with great spirit. I'm a happy camper!

Dave from Corman Park

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 12:24

A very nice instrument. I have yet to figure out the nine volt battery power to the pickup and how that battery is to be anchored

Ramsey from Birmingham, AL

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 12:08

This is the first product review I've ever written. I bought the Opeongo on a whim with my tax refund. It took over 3 months to deliver but it was worth the wait. The action was set too high for my liking. The Allen wrench that fits my Martin didn't fit the Opeongo's truss rod. I emailed MacKenzie and Marr asking what size wrench was required. John Marr replied that there was an Allen wrench in the case. LOL. It took a little while to adjust but I have it set perfectly now. This guitar plays like a dream and sounds great, bright and full. They're not kidding. This is a quality instrument. Even the case is top quality. I have a Martin and a Taylor that don't get played much anymore.

Glenn from Liverpool

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 23:18

My Opeongo is a great little guitar. Been playing it every day for about a month now. Sits right next to my Southern Jumbo and gets played more. It's easier to get my arms around that the SJ which makes it a convenient armchair guitar, but I'm also playing it because it sounds great, and tunes really great. It's a joy to own. It plays like you'd expect a parlor to play. I find the fret edges a little sharp, but it doesn't actually annoy me or stop me from picking it up several times a day. I've played dozens of new Gibsons and Martins in music stores and immediately put them back on the rack because they just don't cut it. Especially when you look at the price tag for these high end brands. This Opeongo is exactly what the company says it is. A guitar that measures up to others that cost 2-3 times as much. I'm very pleased. I will always own it.

Mike from Gabriola.BC.Canada

Sun, 03/28/2021 - 14:33

My new Opeongo that is hanging on my wall resonates and sings back to me when I sneeze. First off the guitar is awesome and sounds great but to have it sing back when I'm not touching it denotes the calling of a top quality guitar. I pick it up and play it right away when that happens.

Rich from Boston

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 15:15

All my life I wanted a solid wood guitar, but the cost of a Gibson or Martin et al. was out of range for a hobby guitarist. I took a chance on this brand and I couldn't be happier. An elegantly crafted instrument. “It stays in tune!”

Charles from Amma, WV, USA

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 12:49

I'm 78 years old, 5 ft 2 inches tall, with corresponding short arms and a body that's not very flexible. I also have short and very thick fingers. I wanted a smaller guitar (that I could reach around comfortably) with a short neck (so I could reach the end) with a wide neck (room for those fingers). The Opeongo gave me all I wanted plus the sound of a larger, more expensive guitar. No adjustments in "action" had to be made out of the box and it came in a much higher quality case than I expected. However, I would gladly pay more for one just like it that delivered even higher quality sound (probably not possible).

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Specifications

Dimensions
Neck Profile: 
C
Frets To The Body: 
12
Scale Length: 
650 mm (25.5 in)
Fretboard Radius: 
14 inches (35.56 cm)
Neck width at nut: 
44.5mm (1 3/4 in)
E to E string spacing at nut: 
38.5 mm (1.55 inches)
Body Style: 
OO
Width at Upper Bout: 
245mm (9.5 in)
E to E string spacing at saddle: 
55 mm (2.15 inches)
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
Body finish: 
Open pore
Neck finish: 
Hand buffed satine laquer
Fretboard and Bridge: 
Pao Ferro (Bolivian Rosewood)
Neck: 
Indonesian Mahogany
Tuning Machines: 
Open gearing high ratio (18:1) Grover tuning machines
Body Back and Sides: 
Solid Indonesian Mahongany - Open pore finish
Body Top Wood: 
AAA grade solid Sitka Spruce
Nut & Saddle: 
Bone
Strings: 
D'Addario EXP16 light gauge (12-53) coated Phosphor Bronze
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 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 favourite 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 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, whose 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 excellent or affordable and not very good at all. We took up the challenge of blending small with affordable and exceptional. 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).

UPDATE - We've learned that during the COVID-19 crisis FedEx is sometimes leaving cartons with no signature. Please follow the tracking number we provide to make sure you know when your guitar arrives.

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).
*certain conditions apply.

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