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1970s Morris YD-303 Sadao Yairi Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar w/ Case, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1970s Morris model YD-303 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This uncommon Morris was made in Nagoya, Japan by Japanese master luthier Sadao Yairi, cousin of Kazuo Yairi, who crafted guitars for brands including Lowden and Alvarez. The Sadao Yairi provenance is particularly rare for a Morris-branded instrument, and the guitar features a Martin-style tonewood complement with an X-braced solid spruce top, Jacaranda rosewood laminate back and sides, and a mahogany neck capped with a bound ebony fingerboard.

The sound is clear and balanced, with ample projection and a dry, woody quality. The trebles are sweet, the guitar has notable midrange, and the wound strings have a nice boom and kick. Weighing 4lbs 10oz, this Morris has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 12-53 bronze strings and comfortable action.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany
-Shape: Medium Soft V, measuring .830” 1st fret, .925” 9th fret
-Fretboard: Ebony
-Frets: Medium, virtually no wear
-Scale Length: 25 1/2”
-Nut: 1 11/16”, bone
-Tuners: Schaller

Body Specs:

-Wood: Spruce (X-braced, solid), Jacaranda back and rims (laminate)
-Bridge: Ebony, limited saddle height
-Serial: “Made in Japan” label visible through soundhole, small “Sada Yairi” wood plaque

The gloss finish highlights the particularly dynamic, arching grain in the Jacaranda (Bolivian rosewood) back and sides, and there are a trio of short, professionally addressed splits on the central third of the back. Cosmetic wear is limited to a handful of minor dings on the top, light scuffing along the pick path, and a number of faint finish scratches on the back. The neck profile retains its smooth semi-gloss.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included.