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1980s Morris LF-500 Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar 7/8th Size, 24.9" Scale, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1980's Morris LF-500 vintage acoustic guitar in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. An expertly crafted and exceptionally rare Japanese-made acoustic, this Morris features a scaled down 7/8ths size square shoulder dreadnought body, 15" lower bout width, 24.9" scale, and 1 5/8" nut width.

The tonewood complement parallels Martin, with a spruce top, Jacaranda rosewood sides and back, and a central third of figured chestnut on the back. Cosmetic refinements include abalone top binding and rosette, vertically oriented Morris logo, and snowflake inlay. Despite its smaller size, the square-shoulder design offers plenty of low end punch with a balanced, rich sound across all strings, and a sparkling and clear treble register. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Morris LF-500 is dialed in with comfortable action and fresh 12-53 phosphor bronze strings.

The mahogany neck has a round medium C-shaped profile carve, measuring .855" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 9th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid snowflake inlay and original slender fretwire. The frets are in great shape with their full height and well-rounded crowns, showing light wear exclusively beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-4, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays easily in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 24.9" (a hair shorter than Martin's full 25.4" dreadnought scale), and the nut measures 1 5/8" in width. The bound rosewood headstock veneer features the Morris name inlaid vertically, and the stock Morris-branded Grover-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

The ebony bridge sits flush with the top on all edges, and the saddle has modest height for future adjustment. Aesthetic accents include abalone binding framing the top and soundhole rosette, with multi-ply binding and detailed marquetry framing the dimensional flamed chestnut on the back. The guitar is crack-free, and cosmetic wear is limited light scuffing in the pick path, a few minuscule marks at the lower bout, and faith scattered scuffs on the gloss finish. The neck profile sports the original gloss finish with a few faint marks mostly central to the carve behind frets 4-7 and not distracting to the palm while fretting.

A padded gigbag is included.