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1979 Morris WJ-100SK Vintage Jumbo Acoustic Guitar w/ Case, Japan


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Up for sale, a circa 1979 Morris WJ-100SK jumbo acoustic guitar in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Made in Japan and an extremely rare model, this expertly crafted vintage acoustic is a unique spin on Gibson's J-180 "Everly Brothers" platform, boasting dual pickguards and distinctive star inlay.

Best described as a slightly scaled down version of Gibson's venerable J-200, this Morris WJ-100SK Jumbo features a 16" lower bout width, 24 3/4" scale length, and 4 3/8" body depth. Tonewoods include a spruce top, figured maple back and sides finished in a rich Cherry gloss, and a mahogany neck capped with a bound ebony fingerboard. Tonally, this Morris offers the cut and power of the jumbo body and there's a certain glassy immediacy to the sound attributable in part to the ebony fingerboard. The low end is nice and gutsy when you dig in hard with a flatpick, and this Morris is a rewarding strummer with plenty of projection. The guitar weighs 4lbs 13oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 12-53 strings and comfortable action.

The mahogany neck has a modestly slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders, and the bound ebony fretboard features pearl star inlay and original slender fretwire that shows only moderate wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 2-5. The neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod, and the guitar plays cleanly in every register. The nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and the headstock has waffle back nickel-plated tuning machines with Rotomatic-style buttons.

The spruce top has abalone binding as well as an abalone rosette, framed by the unique dual pickguards. The ebony bridge sits flush with the top, and the saddle has decent height. There is one small repaired split at the treble-side waist, pick scuffing on the treble-side pickguard, and just a few faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The neck retains its smooth gloss on the profile, with just a few tiny marks and a light speckling of cloudiness in the clear coat in a couple isolated spots on the profile length.

The original hardshell case is included, along with a zippered canvas case cover.