A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Our tribute to our country's 150th birthday
The Gratitude Canada 150 acoustic guitar continues our drive to create world class acoustic guitars at affordable prices. We're thrilled with its balanced sound, easy playing action and rich full overtones.
As with all MacKenzie & Marr guitars, the Gratitude Canada 150 is hand-crafted from the best solid woods available:
Top wood of book matched solid AAA grade Sitka Spruce from the west coast of Canada thinned to less than 3mm and braced with straight grain Spruce forward X bracing.
The back and sides are ecologically raised and harvested plantation solid Mahogany - again book-matched and braced with Spruce.
The slim profile neck is hand shaped from quarter sawn Mahogany.
Both the fretboard and the bridge are made from Blackwood Teck - a revolutionary and sustainable process for re-egineering non-endangered wood species with density, resilience and warmth of Ebony.
The Eastern Canadian Maple binding on both the neck and body, as well as the centre back strip, reflect the rich forestry tradition of Canada's pioneer days.
We want to knock this thing out of the park so we decided to throw a hail Mary pass (too many sports analogies?) in the final days of the campaign.
Our premier guitar - the Tom Rush Naked Lady - is now a Kickstarter reward at a pretty impressive saving.
And Finally....Our 7 Day Money Back Promise.
We believe you're going to love our Gratitude Canada 150. But if, for whatever reason, that isn't the case we'll arrange for a return and a full refund of your pledge.
We can only extend the offer to backers in North America.
It goes without saying (but we'll say it anyway) A returned guitar must be in the same pristine condition as when shipped.
The offer is valid for 7 days from the date and time of delivery.
We put the same standards of excellence to our logo T-Shirt.
Perhaps it's not important that everything a company offers has the same high level of quality as its primary product but we don't se it that way. Even our logo t-shirt is the best you can buy - 100% heavy weight cotton - it's going to go through hundreds of washes and still look great. We hope you like it as much as we do and choose it as a reward for backing our project
One reason great acoustic guitars cost a small fortune is because they pass through so many hands before reaching yours. There has to be a better way!
There is! We started MacKenzie & Marr Guitars almost a decade ago based on the belief that by combining early 20th century skills with premium materials we could build world class solid wood acoustics and then take advantage of 21st century distribution to sell them at a fraction of the prices charged by other brands.
We reasoned that with no dealers or distributors (or sub distributors or sub...sub distributors...you get the idea) we could outspend other makers where it counts...materials and craftsmanship..... and still save musicians a whack of dough.
Turns out we were more right than we knew. Why the other premium makers haven't started selling direct is beyond us.....Not that w're complaining. Let all the other guys keep their distributors and dealers happy even if it inflates prices by as much as 60% We're content to be the only brand cutting out the middle men and offering musicians great guitars at (almost) affordable prices.
Our baptism of fire
In 2010 Jonathan MacKenzie and John Marr appeared on CBC Dragons Den. They knew how good Tofino, their first guitar, was but would other musicians recognize the value? In a bold move they blindfolded Kevin O'Leary and asked him to decide between the MacKenzie & Marr guitar and one costing in excess of $5,000. Watch the video to see which one he chose.
We need to replenish our stock of AAA Spruce.
We have no dealers. We have no distributors. We have none of the bloated overhead that pushes up prices without adding value so we can (and do) use the best woods. We need to look to the future in order to continue that tradition.
Your pledge will go towards replenishing our stock of dry, high quality Spruce and Cedar. From the very first days of MacKenzie & Marr we committed to using only AAA grade (or better) solid wood for our guitars.
The difference in sonic properties is truly astonishing. So is the price. Luthiers who hand build one guitar at a time, and factories that produce very expensive instruments would use nothing less. But until we came along that wood quality didn't exist in our price range.
Your pledge will not only give you the opportunity to own a truly astounding musical instrument but also pay it forward for future MacKenzie & Marr guitar owners.
Risks and challenges
The Gratitude Canada 150 is already in production and all models have been (or will be) quality checked. The risk of getting a bad guitar (or worse - no guitar at all) is highly unlikely. We'd say zero but in the event your guitar has a factory flaw it will be covered by our limited lifetime warrantee.
Buying a guitar unseen and unplayed is a leap of faith. It's not for everyone. We know that. But if, like us, you think it's time to take a stand against inflated guitar prices you will be more than pleased by the Gratitude Canada 150. You may also want to take a few moments and visit the customer reviews page of our web site -
Rewards destined for Noth American addresses will be shipped from Montreal Canada via FedEx (signature required) to insure your guitar arrives at the correct destination and is not left on a doorstep. US pledges incur no duty. Because we ship from Canada we are not required to charge US Federal or State taxes.
Rewards shipped to addresses outside North America may be subject to additional duties and taxes upon arrival at final destination. Please check your local import rules for details.