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The Tom Rush Naked Lady

Often Called the Ultimate Dreadnought

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The universal reaction of players who experience this High Altitude Cedar and Rosewood Dreadnought is that it plays and sounds like a $5,000 guitar.

Please note: The few remaining models have minor blemishes and/or repairs. The flaws are cosmetic and do not affect the sound or playability.


Discount - 40 percent
Suggested Retail Price: 
CAD $0.00
Your Price: 
USD $1,679.99
USD $1,008.00
USD $671.99 (40%)

Designed in conjunction with Tom Rush, one of North America's great folk/roots legends, it is destined to take its place among the iconic acoustic guitars of the last 100 years. Only 250 have been produced with each guitar bearing a sequential serial number identifying the instrument as one of a unique limited collector's series. (i.e. #50 of 250).

When Tom Rush selected MacKenzie & Marr Guitars to reincarnate his famous Naked Lady acoustic guitar, we set out to craft a guitar that would become the standard for the Dreadnought of the 21st century. The top wood is rare High Altitude Tight Grain Western Cedar - a wood so unique it has been called "Adirondack Redwood" because of the crisp snap of each note combined with a tremendous forward tonal projection gives the guitar a sound rich in overtones. The back and sides are premium solid book-matched Indian Rosewood. One player (a techie to boot) dubbed the Naked Lady "Dreadnought 2.0 - the first great acoustic of the 21st Century." Politeness prevents us from disagreeing with him.

On-board sound enhancement is supplied by the L.R.Baggs Anthem system. We don't think there's a better electrical component available for acoustic performers. Tom Rush seems to agree. He's switching all of the pickups in his existing guitars to the Anthem. Even the tuning machines are special. We strongly believe in high ratio tuners. All of our guitars come with at least an 18:1 ratio. For the Naked Lady, we went one step farther and added a string locking knob, allowing a performer to change a broken string on stage in one-tenth the time. Tom plays one of his best-known tunes - Panama Limited - by replacing the high E string with a B. He does a lot of slide work throughout the song, and he finds the thicker string does a better job. But that's only one song. After that, he restrings. Have a look at Tom Rush playing Mole's Moan in a video recorded last summer.

As with all MacKenzie & Marr guitars, the Naked Lady comes with

  • a limited lifetime warranty against any manufacturing and material defects. 
  • our 7 Day Love It or Leave It Guarantee (try any of our guitars in the comfort of your own home for a week, and if, for any reason, you don't fall in love we'll take it back - no questions asked)

  You may also be interested in the Tom Rush Signature Dreadnought - a slightly less costly alternative to the Naked Lady.

Owner Reviews

Court from Davidsonville

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 10:41

Absolutely love the guitar. It looks and sound amazing. Yesterday, I took it to my guitar tech/luthier for an inspection and set up adjustment and he was floored at how nice the guitar is... he swore it was a $3500 instrument... and he works on high end instruments all day long. So abundant kudos to the MacMarr team!!!

Larry from Toronto

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 16:26

To be honest I had never heard of Mackenzie & Marr. I found them quite literally by clicking on a popup ad on one of the news sites I frequent. I was thrilled to learn they were a Canadian guitar manufacturer. I browsed all of the guitar models they had to offer and I kept coming back to the Tom Rush Naked Lady. The rich tone and big sustain really got my attention. Being close to the end of the run only C grade (LPS) guitars were left. That concerned me somewhat so I sent an enquiry to find out exactly what that meant as I wasn't prepared to buy a guitar where that sound would be impaired. I received a reply from John Marr within 24 hours complete with photos of an example and his assurance that guitars graded less than perfect had had some minor repair that in no way impacted the tone or sound of the guitar. I decided I could live with this kind of repair and promptly hit the purchase button. I received my Tom Rush Naked Lady 2 weeks later. It came well packed. To say I am pleased with this guitar would be more than an understatement. The photos and even the videos online don't do this guitar justice. It's really a beautiful guitar with more detailing than can be seen online. Most importantly it has the sound that I was drawn to so much while browsing online. That imperfection? It took me some time to find it and it really is only a minor blemish which speaks volumes for Mackenzie & Marr's quality control. Finally, on the headstock is the logo Mackenzie & Marr Friends since 1958. That really brings a smile to my face as I was born in 1958. Thanks for making such a great guitar!

Myla from Virginia Beach

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 15:09

This beautiful guitar has an easy action and great sound. It’s a delight to play!

Thomas from Newburyport

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 15:13

very pleased with the communication, packaging, and shipment of the Tom Rush Naked Lady. I am even more pleased with the quality, and the sound of the guitar. thanks john. TA

Greg from Kennewick

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 15:11

I was a little leery about buying a guitar without being able to play it first but I hit the purchase button anyway. I have three Martins and two Taylors. My go to is my Johnny Cash D35, a great Martin dreadnaught and my aTaylor 814 CE deluxe. I was blown away by the crisp sound of the cedar top on this naked lady. The Baggs sound is amazing. I find it hard to believe that this guitar sells for around $1100 US. It is a bit bigger than my Martin dread but the sound is not only big but clear. I bought this guitar to put in my motor home for travel. I will not hesitate to use it for performing. I am 68 years old and this will be the last guitar I buy, last but not least

Patrick from Cornwall

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 15:15

I recently received my Tom Rush Naked Lady, and it is everything I expected it to be. Easy to play, a beautiful, rich, chimey sound that's also quite booming. I normally play with a pick but for the first day I just used my fingers and was very impressed by the sounds that I could make using just my fingertips and mostly chewed off fingernails. Ha! When I finally decided to use a pick, the bells chimed out even more. You don't have to strum or pick hard to be heard on this one. I went through my whole repertoire up and down the neck and hit every note. It's a fun guitar to play, you just don't want to put it down. As for looks, you can spend hours just looking at it, (and I'm not solely talking about the neck inlay). It is just gorgeous. From the high-altitude cedar top to the rosewood sides and back, to the tuning buttons. John Marr couldn't be more accommodating either. He made sure I was happy with my purchase and went the extra mile. I have Gibsons, I've played Martins and Taylors, but this is something different. Something unique. Thank you.

R W from Center Strafford

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 15:18

I have been a Tom Rush fan since 1962 and am familiar with his original naked lady guitar and it’s demise. When I read about the limited edition Tom Rush Naked Lady guitar (TRNL) available from MacKenzie & Marr in Tom’s recent newsletter, I immediately went online and ordered one as a Christmas gift for myself. I received it the week before Christmas and can honestly say I cannot remember being more pleased with a Christmas present. Spoiler alert: I purchased my first Martin guitar over fifty years ago and presently own eight. My #77 TRNL is an exceptional value and of equal quality and performance when compared to much more expensive guitars from the major manufacturers. The action is excellent and the combination of beautiful tonewoods provide brightness and balance with a bass response that is not overpowering. I no longer plug in, so I cannot comment on the Baggs electronics, but if Tom likes them, that is good enough for me. I like the hard shell case and the combination lock (if I can remember how to set it) and the keyed lock which I assume meets TSA standards for travel purposes. To sum it up, thank you M&M fo my TRNL!s

Maynard from Channahon

Sat, 01/05/2019 - 15:22

This is a FINE guitar. I've been a Tom Rush fan for decades and know he doesn't do a lot of endorsements, so I took notice when Tom endorsed this guitar. It came out of the case beautifully set-up ready for tuning & play. I usually favor Elixir strings, so we'll see how the D'Addario's do longer term. Aside from the intricate inlay on the neck, this guitar come with several upgrades that the Tom Rush Signature Dreadnought doesn't have, most especially the High Altitude cedar top. The tone & volume are both outstanding. I have a couple of Martin's and a couple of Larrivee's that I really like, but the Naked Lady has easily become the best of the ones I have.

Allin from Clearwater

Sat, 01/05/2019 - 15:20

I've had my Naked Lady for a bit over a month now, and it is my daily 'go to' guitar. Right out of the box it was my favorite to play...great sound, OMG playability, beautiful. I host a monthly song circle...the musicians at it last month all took turns playing it and loved what it gives them. I'll continue to use two Martins for specific stays tuned to open G...but the Naked Lady is played every day.

Aaron from Hudson's Hope

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 15:24

My Naked Lady arrived a few days ago, all I have to say is where has this geeetar been my whole life. OMG wow. I've played many high end guitars and this my friends tops them all. Bar none. Amazingly deep full sounding with lots of undertones, and clean note separation. Also the harmonics it produces are second to none!!!! Great company to deal with too. Talked to John over the phone and he is very honest. I will b buying more from these guys for sure. Keep up the great work.



Frets To The Body: 
Scale Length: 
25 1/2 inches
Fretboard Radius: 
16 inches (40.6 cm)
Neck width at nut: 
1 23/32 inches (just shy of 1 3/4)
Body Style: 
Width at Lower Bout: 
15 3/4 in
Quarter sawn straight grain Mahogany
Tuning Machines: 
18:1 locking tuners
Body Back and Sides: 
Bookmatched solid Indian Rosewood
Body Top Wood: 
High Altitude Masterclass Solid Western Red Cedar
Nut & Saddle: 
Professional grade hardshell case with combi lock
L.R. Baggs Anthem (standard)

Photo Gallery


No Regrets - Rockport Sunday.MOV


Tom Rush - Rehearsal Video - December 27, 2014


Tom Rush - No Regrets/Rockport Sunday


The High Altitude Cedar Top

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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