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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: 
Preorder

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 an instant bestseller.

The special 10th Anniversary edition, Tofino X (ten), is once again sold out. The May allotment has also been completely subscribed. We are now taking pre-orders (with a 5% discount) for July 2021.

A solid AAA grade Cedar-top OM style acoustic guitar with solid African Mahogany back and sides
July 2021 Preorder
Suggested Retail Price: 
CAD $2,399.99
Your Price: 
USD $699.99
USD $664.99
USD $35.00 (5%)

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.

In 2020 we introduced 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

John from Baltimore

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 13:53

I’m writing to thank you for the extraordinary Tofino X I recently received. It is the most thoughtfully designed and built guitar I’ve ever seen. Neck strap button. The exquisite inlay, x-bracing. The beautiful gold hardware. (Not to mention the mask! Incredibly thoughtful and deeply appreciated.) And the sound… amazing. My Tofino encourages me to play better, to play more, and rewards me for my efforts. I’ve put off buying a new acoustic for years, unable to find an affordable guitar at an acceptable quality level. I’m so glad I found you. I have no reason to ever look at another guitar again. Well, except the Opeongo. Enclosed is a picture of me enjoying my Tofino on the front porch, on a lovely summer eve. Thanks for making that moment possible. Sincerely, John H…

Tim from UPPER KENT

Sat, 01/04/2020 - 13:38

I read the notice about the new Tofino X. I have Tofino #56 from M&M's second batch and have always loved it but don't need two of them. If you don't have a Tofino, the X at the preorder price (less than I paid for mine 10 years ago), IS A BARGAIN! sorry for shouting. Just buy one.

Michelle from Brandon

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 13:51

My partner bought me a Tofino for my birthday and I love it! The fretboard is easy to maneuver..nice low action on the strings and the sound is unbelievable, compared to the other 6 acoustics I own. Thank-you Mackenzie and Marr for creating solid quality at a reasonable price!!

Donald from Owen Sound

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 15:27

When My Brother -in-law came for a visit he seemed smitten by my Tofino. So I got him one..this was his responce when he opened the package and played his LTP Tofino. Peter Zetlin Hey Don, Unwrapping the Mackenzie reminded me of helping a beautiful woman take off her clothes. And once she was out, I wasn't disappointed either. Nice cedar smell too. The tuning pegs were smooth compared to my 50 year old Epiphone Texan. The Mackenzie is clearer, fuller than the Texan. Just so sweet. I'm going to have some fine moments with her. The neck is wider than the Texan and will take some getting used to. When you can get your fingers in the right place, that full chord rings just right. What a nice gift. Many thanks to you!

Danny from Chapel Hill

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 15:40

I was looking for a non-dreadnought guitar to top off my acoustic collection, but I didn't want to spend a bundle. After doing a lot of online research into various names and models I went for the Tofino---partly on a hunch that it would be a great choice, and partly based on reviews and videos. In any case, I am thoroughly impressed by the tone, craftsmanship, appearance and playability. If I picked this up in a guitar shop with no prior knowledge of M+M instruments, I would venture a guess that this guitar was in the 2K price range. Instead, it was a fraction of that cost. This is a great instrument at a price that defies all appearance and expectation.

Greg from Medicine Hat

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 15:49

a really fine instrument can enable you to play better, and it's neat that the average listener can hear there's something special going on with this guitar. Very light, easy to play, sounds great recorded, holds tune well, the Baggs pickup system is the best I've had. A real treat to spend time playing it, I'd hate to be without it! Greg

Mark from Amarath

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 14:55

After waiting around 8 months to receive the Tofino I finally received the guitar about 3 months ago. Over this time, I took a lot of time to get to know the guitar and now am able to give an adequate review. First the bad, the first issue was that the guitar took 8 months to get to me when I was expecting it to arrive a lot sooner then this, had I had known this before purchasing the guitar I don't if I would have in the first place but what happens happens and I understand why the guitar took so long to get to me. Next issue is the case, the case does not fit snuggly around the guitar, I was expecting one that would fit a lot closer to the body it still snuggly in the case but it is not custom made for the Tofino. Also it’s a bit cheaply made, I’ve already bent some of the closing clips just from normal use. The next issue is the pick guard that was sent with the guitar, it is an after market stick it on yourself type deal which I don’t mind that much but the guard its self is one I wouldn’t put on any guitar. The pattern looks quite cheesy and the round on the guard that comes pre cut doesn’t line up with the radius of the sound hole or the sound hole rosette. Instead of applying this guard I took the guitar to my local guitar shop to have a professional customized guard fitted because I am one to hit my picks in to the body on down strokes and like to keep the guitar looking spotless. The last issue is that when the guitar arrived the pick up which was supposed to be attached to the inside of the guitar was loose, meaning I had to attach the pick up myself, I am pretty handy when it comes to things like this but who knows what could have happened to the pick up in the shipping process and what kind of damage it did to the inside of the guitar. Now to the good, as you will notice the above problems weren’t about the guitar its self but the things that came with the guitar, and I have nothing but good things to say about the guitar. It is a wonderful instrument to play. Picking is meet with a beautiful crispness and every note is clear. Just straight strumming is also wonderful, every note of the chord rings out. I really enjoy the sound as well and after fixing the pick up the guitar sounds amazing plugged in. I have played many gigs with my band “The Caucasian Lifeguards” and those among the crowd with a more musical mind complemented the sound quality of my little guitar. Playing this guitar is a dream and it makes you want to come back, which I find very important. Playing guitar should be something enjoyable and the Tofino makes it that. With all the defects that you first notice when you take it out of the box like the loose pick up, the cheesy pick guard and the fact that you waited 8 months are over shadowed by how incredibly enjoyable this guitar is to play and to listen too. It was money well spent and just at a fraction of the cost of another guitar of the same calibre.

Reeve from JARVIS BAY

Sat, 10/31/2015 - 15:58

Thanks guys, I know that the order was prolonged... so what I recieved #13 thanks for that in the new 5th EDITION Tofino... sounds amazing.. my daughter loves her Canadian Songwriter...forget Taylor or Martin you provide an amazing product at an amazing price and PERSONAL support - another 6 months until the next purchase - maybe a cutaway..all the best Reeve and thanks for the EVERYTHING you guys rock....btw the next special addition i want #1 LOL

MARY from ST-LAURENT

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 16:06

I've tried many high end acoustic guitars over the past few years. I finally decided to try a Tofino, so I purchased one online. Why not? They have a "7 day love it or leave it guarantee". In my opinion, the Tofino is at least as good as, or better than any high- end guitar I've ever tried. The Tofino is possibly the best guitar I've ever played. The feel, the playability and the sound are amazing! I highly recommend the Tofino!

Donald from Owen Sound

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 16:03

I finally got my Tofino after waiting 5 months. Sometimes things happen and nothing can be done but to wait. I did not realize that Mackenzie and Marr did not have the instruments in stock. That became apparent as soon as they missed the first delivery date. After opening the Cardboard Box and removing the guitar case, I carefully inspected the outside of the case. The case was in pretty good shape with the exception of a small ding on the outside, top. I checked out the guitar and there was no damage or scratches. So Fed-Ex did a great job and the packing by the shipper was adequate. After letting the guitar sit for a few hours to let it get used to its new environment I sat down and played it. It sounds really great. I have been playing it for several days and I will not return it. It is really worth the price. I have guitars that cost a lot more than the Tofino and while they do sound better than the Tofino, it has its own distinct, sweet sound. I had requested that the pick-guard be installed before shipping, but they forgot to do that. I decided not to put it on. I love how it looks without it. One thing I felt irritated by was the lack of a battery installed on the Anthem pick-up. I had to remove the strings to put a battery in. Makes me wonder if they tested it. One last thing, there is no such material as Ebony Plastic. There is Ebony and Plastic, and perhaps Ebony colored Plastic. But, there is no such material as Ebony Plastic. I am hoping to enjoy the Tofino for a long time. We shall see how it is 10 years from now. Regards, Don Holman

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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 and Bridge: 
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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