McPherson MG-4.5 Port Orford Cedar/Madagascar RW #1627--Used  From McPherson

McPherson's quality craftsmanship and impressive design are on full display with this cedar & rosewood beauty!


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The unexpected often turns out to be the most inspiring--that was certainly my experience with this uniquely wonderful guitar!  If you don't know already, McPhersons are categorically stunning for their flawless intonation across the entire neck, seemingly sound-engineered note separation, and superlative tonewoods, no matter the model.  But the powerful and relatively uncommon combination of Port Orford Cedar and Madagascar Rosewood immediately grabbed my attention--I found myself launching into a tune I'd never played before the moment I picked it up!  The brooding, miles-deep bass and shimmering treble offered by the Maddy can be thrust forward or only hinted at thanks to the sensitivity the Cedar brings to the build--flatpickers and fingerstylists will hear that immediately.  The Cedar also reigns in some of the cascading overtones that the Madagascar is known for, cleaning up the overall sound and leaving plenty of sonic room for subtle variations in harmony and right hand attack.  The possibilities are endless on a McPherson--with this particular piece you'll find yourself more ready than ever to explore them!

Condition: Used, Great

Manufacturer's Description from McPherson

More than three decades ago, McPherson revolutionized the acoustic guitar world by introducing a unique Offset Soundhole Technology. This breakthrough design increased the total flexible surface area on the central part of the instrument.

Since then, we have continued to be a pioneer in the marketplace with our state-of-the-art bracing, cantilevered neck, and soundhole design.

When asked the question, “Why do you play a McPherson guitar?”, some might answer it’s the superior craftsmanship or the stability of the neck. Some might say it’s the innovative design or the inspiration it brings to the performer. But without a doubt, they will all agree it’s the sound of the McPherson guitar that sets it apart from the crowd. The rich, full tone and clarity of the McPherson guitar is like no other. Once you pick one up, you will never want to put it down.

A Marriage of Craftsmanship and Creativity

“To our friends who already are proud owners – a heartfelt thanks – to potential new customers, a warm invite to consider one of the finest high-end instruments money can buy, a McPherson guitar. Obviously, a catalog can only tell you so much, that’s why we urge you to get to a McPherson dealer and experience one for yourself. Not only will you see “old school” craftsmanship and detail, you’ll begin to understand the revolutionary thinking and innovative design that went into improving playability, tone and sustain.”

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About Manufacturer

The acoustic guitar is an instrument with a lot of history. Some of the most incredible acoustic instruments were made in America during what is known as the “Golden Era” of guitar building, but not much has changed since. Many boutique builders pride themselves on making the most faithful recreations of these aging instruments, and most of the focus is placed on looking into the past.  McPherson Guitars is not one of these brands.

Believing that there is more to strive for out of flat-top acoustics, McPherson introduced their revolutionary Offset Soundhole Technology over three decades ago. This allows for greater vibration in the center of the guitar top, as well as more volume and clarity in the ears of the player. Their unique bracing system also creates a larger, more even space for the top to vibrate, increasing the clarity and projection of sound. Every McPherson guitar features a cantilevered neck, which means that the fretboard does not actually make contact with the guitar top. This design allows the space underneath the fretboard to vibrate, again contributing to a larger area of flexible surface on the top. McPherson guitars also offer an enormous selection of tonewoods, from the classic Spruce, Rosewood, and Mahogany varieties to the rare and exotic. Some of the less common tonewoods like Acacia, Cocobolo, Walnut, Pau Rosa, Macassar Ebony, and others can be combined in interested ways to make very unique sounding instruments. While many of the advancements McPherson has made in acoustic guitar building result in superior tone, sustain, and resonance, McPhersons are also far less susceptible to damage than their “Golden Era” counterparts. Every McPherson neck is fitted with a carbon graphite truss rod in a triangulated system that is so stable that it eliminates the need for neck adjustment. If you are looking for an acoustic guitar that is more than just a replica, look no further than McPherson Guitars. In 50 years, they might be the ones being replicated. 



Serial Number: 1627

Port Orford Cedar Top

Madagascar Rosewood Back & Sides

Depth: 4" at Block and 4.5" at Tail Block

Scale Length: 25.5"

Upper Bout: 11 1/8"

Waist: 10"

Lower Bout: 16"

Body Length: 20 1/8"

Overall Length: 41"

Neck Width: Standard 1 3/4" at Nut, 2 5/32" at 12th

String Spacing: E to E 2 3/16"

Offset Sound Hole

Cantilevered Neck

Truss Rod: Non-Adjustable, Unidirectional High Modulus Carbon Fiber

Ebony Bridge

Ebony Bridge Pins: Unslotted with Mother of Pearl Dot

Fingerboard: Ebony with 14" Radius

Frets: All Frets Dressed by Plek Pro

Nut: Natural Bone

The Buzz Feiten Intonation System: Three Custom Bone Saddles Set Up for Low, Med, and Tall Action

Binding: Flamed Koa

Electronics: L.R. Baggs RTS2 system. Ribbon Transducer Pick-up, Pre-amp and Volume Control

Tuners: Schaller M6G Gold Tuning Machines

Gold Strap Button

Case: Custom Fit Ameritage Case with Built-in Humidification System

Inlay: McPherson Mother of Pearl Inlay on Head Cap and Mirror Image on Bridge Plate

Finish: UV finish. An extremely durable clear finish which retains tonal integrity of the wood while protecting the guitar from harmful elements

Strings: Elixir Nanoweb medium gauge strings