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Tofino X (10th Anniversary Limited Edition)

The Guitar of the Decade - Our Original Cedar-Top Acoustic.


MacKenzie and Marr solid wood Tofino
Availability: 
In stock

We first introduced Tofino in January 2010 on the CBC program Dragon's Den, where Kevin O'Leary chose it over a much more expensive guitar in a blindfold test. Tofino became become an instant bestseller.

The special 10th Anniversary edition, Tofino X (ten), sold out so quickly we were taken by surprise. More are on the way. Preorder for January 2021 delivery and save 5%.

A solid AAA grade Cedar-top OM style acoustic guitar with solid African Mahogany back and sides
Suggested Retail Price: 
CAD $2,399.99
Your Price: 
USD $699.99

The MacKenzie & Marr Tofino is a solid-wood Cedar top acoustic guitar that harkens back to a time of hand-craftsmanship - before CNC machines took over the production floor, bean counters ruled the office and "branding" replaced pride of artistry - Back to a time when the link between craftsman and musician still existed and back to a time when a simple commitment to deliver a well-made instrument at an honest price was all the "mission statement" needed.

We first introduced Tofino in January 2010 on the CBC program Dragon's Den, where  Kevin O'Leary chose it over a much more expensive guitar in a blindfold test. Since then, Tofino has become our most requested model.

For 2020 we are introducing a special limited edition of Tofino. We call it Tofino X (pronounced "ten").  Without surrendering any of the qualities of the original Tofino, we've added features to set this edition apart - genuine Maple binding on the body, neck and headstock as well as Abalone purfling around the top.

The original Tofino had a back and sides made from Okoume, an African Mahogany. In subsequent production runs, we moved to Indonesian Mahogany, in part out of concern for the unverifiable harvest practices in Central Africa. For 2020, with the advent of FSB certification and monitoring,  we're pleased once again to use African wood - this time Khaya.ivornesis, the premium African Mahogany.

There is no standard electric pickup in this guitar, but the L.R. Baggs Anthem (perhaps the best pickup on the planet) is available as an optional extra. The pickguard is included in the case as a user-installed option. It easily attaches to the top with a self-adhesive backing for those who want a pickguard.

Some of the unique features include:

  • Gold plated 18:1 Grover Rotomatic tuning machines.
  • Aged (30 months of air drying) AAA cedar top and AAA Khaya (African Mahogany) B/S
  • Optional L.R. Baggs pickup and preamp
  • A no-additional-cost archtop hardshell case
  • Maple binding
  • Abalone purfling
  • Shallow "V" neck profile

Our handcrafted Tofino marries the warm, rich tone of a Western Canadian cedar top with the projection and depth of the African Mahogany back and sides. The Neck is also Mahogany. The fretboard and bridge are Indian Rosewood. The nut and saddle are genuine bone.

A hardshell case is included at no additional cost with every Tofino guitar.

Tofino rivals much more expensive solid-wood acoustic guitars for sound, tonal presence and sheer playability. As with all MacKenzie & Marr Guitars, it carries 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.

Owner Reviews

Mike from Gabriola

Thu, 12/24/2020 - 12:53

I bought my Tofino guitar in July of 2020 with the LR Baggs Anthem pick up system. Of all the guitars I have I pick up this one all the time. I love it. It sounds amazing even with no amp has a sustain and ring that is so nice. The quality, look and feel are great. I can leave this guitar for days and it is always in tune. It is one of the best buys I've ever made. As a West Coast Canadian I was drawn to the name Tofino of course but mostly wanted to support Canadian business. Believe me, you won't be disappointed if you buy one of their guitars and I'm 72 and still buying and playing. Mike Mead

David from WINSTON-SALEM

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 16:11

I was looking for a robust, all around great sounding guitar to use for recordings. Previously, my go to guitar was a '66 Gibson B-25, which has a very sweet sound, but . . . it sounds small . . . because it is small. I wanted a bigger sound, and I tried out the Tofino. When it arrived, I was a bit skeptical, because it's not much bigger than my B-25; but it sounds bigger! That bigger sound just rolls out. It just sounds great. Great for strumming, single note flat picking, finger picking, and Ohh the harmonics! You will feel a primal need to play the intro to "Roundabout." This guitar has a few characteristics that I had to adjust to: I have long been using heavy picks, but on this guitar, using a thin pick for strumming chords gives a sweeter sounding attack. I think it makes a significant difference. Also, if you do any big band style rhythm guitar, like chords on the beat with a little silence between each strum, you will find that you don't get that silence in between; because the section of string above the nut is still vibrating. I stuck a piece of felt up there, and that was the end of that. That portion of the string vibrating probably adds some richness and complexity, but in that style, I had to dampen that stuff. And, . . I didn't put that silly pickguard on. If you strum with an absolute reckless abandon, maybe you would need it, or maybe you would find a better one. I'm perfectly happy with no pickguard. Great guitar. Beautiful finish. Great value. Came with a nice case, too.

John from Baltimore

Fri, 11/20/2020 - 09:10

My guitar: Tofino X, 10th anniversary edition of the Tofino flagship guitar. Purchased May 2020. If you’re reading this you have two questions. 1. Should I buy a MacKenzie.& Marr guitar? 2. Why? The answer to the first question is an unequivocal “Yes.” Whatever one you’re considering buy it now. As for the second question, I’ve narrowed the answers down to the following. Playability. This is or should be the prime criterion when selecting a guitar. The trick with a MacMarr is that you cannot assess its playability before you open the case for the first time. So let me assure you: It’s playable. My Tofino X is arguably one of the most playable instruments on the market. For tone, balance, clarity, volume, sustain (such sustain!) you cannot do better without spending thousands more — and even then you’ll probably do just as well. The neck as set up by MacMarr plays a big role in this; it’s an amazingly playable neck for an acoustic. I have mine on an acoustic guitar stand in the living room, in front of our non-working fireplace. I can’t walk by it without picking it up just to fingerpick or strum and pick out some scales, even for a couple of minutes. It is a very satisfying guitar to play. Beauty. That’s the only word I can come up with to describe how really, really good this guitar looks. It’s beautiful. The reason it’s allowed to sit in its stand in the living room is because my wife thinks it’s beautiful, too. The silhouette, the inlay, the finish, the binding, the lovely gold hardware, the headstock and logo... It is a very beautiful guitar and impossible to not just stand in front of it and admire it. All the Little Details. This guitar wants for nothing. The touches that add to its beauty. The quality of the wood and hardware. X-bracing! The strings. Here’s one detail that I really applaud MacMarr for. I hate getting a new acoustic and having to drill a hole in the heel of the neck for a strap button. I’m always afraid I’m going to screw it up. I was particularly stressed about my Tofino as I waited for it. And then I opened the case and there on the neck heel was a lovely, perfectly placed strap button. For that alone they will always have my admiration. You could call this answer “MacKenzie & Marr clearly has made sure that every small detail that would make a guitarist smile is included in the final product. And that includes the arch top case, which is both solid and really cool. This is one thoughtfully designed, carefully crafted, and perfectly produced instrument.” Value. There is no better value on the market, anywhere. The price for an instrument this playable, beautiful, and detail-rich should shame other builders. And they are highly valued by their owners, as an ongoing survey of sites like eBay and Reverb shows. I’ve looked high and low, month after month, and I’ve found just one MacMarr for sale. No one is parting with his or her MacKenzie & Marr. If you want a MacMarr, you’ll have to buy new. And you’ll want more. Every BMW owner I know loves their BMW so much that they have at least two. I think MacMarr owners feel the same about their guitars. I’m saving for an Opeongo and hope I can salt enough away for the upcoming 12-string, too, before it sells out. MacKenzie & Marr. Guitars aren’t built in a vacuum. When you buy your guitar, you’re also buying into the company that built it. I have nothing but admiration for and trust in MacMarr. They are a thoroughly customer-focused organization, uncompromising in their vision and execution of that vision. They care about the customer experience. Here’s a perfect example. For you kids reading this in 2045, we had a bit of a scare with something called COVID-19 back in 2020. My guitar came with a thoughtfully designed and perfectly crafted mask, a vital piece of the public health battle against the disease. It was such a beautiful, happy surprise. How many other companies can you name that care if you live or die — and show you? MacKenzie & Marr is one of the best companies in any category, anywhere. I really love my Tofino X. I consider it one of the best purchases I’ve made and a truly satisfying addition to my life. It will only increase in value. I look forward to expanding my MacMarr collection. Any other questions?

Al from Brighton

Tue, 11/03/2020 - 11:59

An all round beauty..it's my 3rd guitar from MMG and my 4th should be be arriving Monday... thinking about doin' the 12 string also..

Tim from Kingston

Sat, 10/10/2020 - 10:36

Superb tonal qualities. An exceptionally made instrument of detail and beauty. Thank you Mackenzie & Marr.

George from Wedgeport

Sat, 10/10/2020 - 10:36

I have been a Martin and Gibson player for many years. To my surprise it stands out the best. The strings give a great ring to the guitar. I put ex strings on the guitar. Surprising to my surprise a much better ring. Haven't found anything bad with it at all. Very satisfied with it.

George from Chicago

Sat, 09/19/2020 - 15:03

This guitar lives up to all the claims made by the makers. After having it for about at month, I find it totally enjoyable to play. Fingering and action is fine, the tone is balanced and rich. And perhaps the best review is my cat's, who enjoys licking the strings as I play. I've been playing for over 50 years (not THAT good, though) - first a Martin D-18 which was actually not so good, and then a D-41 which is fine, but kind of a bit jumbo. So I decided to try a slightly smaller instrument and took a chance on the (unknown to me) Tofino. No regrets at all!

Christian from Burlington

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 08:29

I ordered my Tofino X limited edition in 2019 and waited earnestly for the delivery. With Covid my patience was tested. Since receiving this instrument I was very pleased with the sound as I was specifically looking for a cedar top and mahogany. The warm tones and sustain a more than I had expected. I did not install the optional pick guard because the guitar looks so damn pretty without it. I do not call myself a musician but I noodle around every day. I would recommend this guitar to anyone looking for a quality instrument that will deliver high expectations. Christian

Randy from Springfield

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 13:51

Understandably, it took just a little longer to receive my Tofino than I had originally anticipated. Mind you, this was pre-COVID, but as they say in Toy Story 2, "you can't rush art." After unboxing the guitar, the first thing that struck me was how both rugged and classy the case was. Then I opened the case and saw the work of art within. The wood grain of the cedar top is exquisite, as are the mahogany back and sides. The abalone inlays are stunning. My main guitar is a bowl-back Ovation that I bought brand new in 1984. The Tofino feels like it is half the weight of the Ovation - which is a good thing but the deep tonal quality of the Ovation is definitely richer and louder compared to the Tofino . With that said, the Tofino is definitely brighter in sound and is very playable with a slightly thinner neck than the ovation. It did indeed take me a full seven days to fall in love with the Tofino. It is now the first guitar I pick up when I want to wind down for the day. There is one thing that I do not love about the Tofino, and that is the way the wiring for the Baggs pick-up just dangles inside the guitar and if you have a battery installed at the end of the wire, the sound of the banging of the battery as you pull your guitar off the stand and into playing position is disappointing and seems like an afterthought rather than an integration. With that said, the positive take on this situation is that it is extremely easy to change the battery. So being a glass half-full kind of guy, I'll focus on that aspect of this issue. Next battery change, however, I do plan on taping some foam around the battery to lesson the blow as it tumbles inside the guitar. My overall impression is that this is one classy guitar. I would challenge anyone to find an equally priced guitar that looks or sounds as good as the Tofino for the price.

Richard from Hudson

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 13:50

This guitar is amazing. The tone is perfect. It has great sustain. The attention to detail is superior to any modern guitar I have. I can only imagine what it will sound like in 10 or 20 years!

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Specifications

Dimensions
Neck Profile: 
Modified "V"
Frets To The Body: 
14
Scale Length: 
322 mm (25 1/2 inches)
Fretboard Radius: 
40cm (15.7 inches)
Neck width at nut: 
43mm (1 11/16 inches)
E to E string spacing at nut: 
35 mm (1.4 inches)
Body Style: 
OM
Width at Upper Bout: 
288mm (11.3 inches)
E to E string spacing at saddle: 
55 mm (2.15 inches)
Width at Waist: 
239mm (9.4 inches)
Width at Lower Bout: 
385mm (15.2 inches)
Body Depth: 
104mm (4.1 inches) at endpin
Body Length: 
492mm (19.4 inches)
Materials
Body finish: 
Gloss laquer
Neck finish: 
Hand rubbed satin laquer
Fretboard: 
Indian Rosewood
Neck: 
Mahogany
Tuning Machines: 
18:1 gold Grover Rotomatic
Body Back and Sides: 
Solid AAA grade quilted African Mahogany (Khaya.ivornesis)
Body Top Wood: 
Solid AAA grade bookmatched Western Canadian Cedar
Nut & Saddle: 
Genuine bone
Strings: 
D'Addario EXP16 light gauge (12-53) coated Phosphor Bronze
Extras
Case: 
Premium arch-top hard shell case (included at no additional cost)
Electronics: 
Optional L.R.Baggs Anthem electric pickup/preamp

Photo Gallery

Videos

Irish Mythen plays the MacKenzie & Marr Tofino

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Steve Poltz plays Tofino

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Denny Snyder Plays a MacKenzie & Marr Guitar - first impressions

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.

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