Up for sale, 1970s T.F. Morris model W-60 vintage dreadnought acoustic guitar in exceptional condition, complete with a hardshell case. Made at the esteemed Matsumoku factory in Japan, this expertly crafted W-60 has a general body construction in-line with the Martin D-45, yet with a three-piece back reminiscent of a D-35 model.
Featuring a solid spruce top, jacaranda sides, and a jacaranda back with central third of highly flamed chestnut, this guitar has a classic square shoulder dreadnought tonal profile, with plenty of low end oomph and kick, and a sparkling, clear top end. The ornate marquetry befits an instrument of this tier, with hexagonal abalone fretboard inlay, vertical Morris inlay on the bound rosewood headstock veneer (akin to a D-45), and exemplary fit and finish work throughout. We've had this Morris professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, dialed in with fresh 12-53 phosphor bronze strings and comfortable action.
The mahogany neck has a full V-shaped profile carve, measuring .895” deep at the 1st fret and 1.010” at the 9th. The fretboard boasts multi-ply cream binding, abalone hexagonal inlays, and original fretwire which has been leveled and crowned, and while fairly low in overall height, the frets still play cleanly in every register. The scale length is a full 25 5/8", and the projection and power of the instrument benefits greatly from this long scale design. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock features a vertical T.F. Morris inlay very much in the vein of a Martin D-45. The stock Morris-branded Schaller-style tuning machines turn very smoothly and hold pitch well, and the distinctive Martin-style diamond volute is present on the back of the headstock.
On the body, the ebony bridge sits flush with the spruce top on all edges, and the saddle has ample height. The guitar has abalone top and rosette binding, along with detailed marquetry framing the flame chestnut on the back, with tight multi-colored bands that provide a subtle accent. A cousin of Brazilian rosewood, Jacaranda Pardo is often referred to as Bolivian rosewood, and offers a similar tonal profile to its Brazilian brother, with dynamic grain highlighted by the gloss finish on the body. Cosmetically, the guitar shows sparingly little wear, and this vintage Morris is crack-free and structurally sound.
A black tolex hardshell case is included.