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 experiments 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) means 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.