Up for sale, a 1980s Morris W-80 vintage dreadnought acoustic guitar in 100% original condition and perfect working order. Made at the esteemed Matsumoku factory in Japan, this expertly-crafted W-50 has cosmetic appointments in-line with the Martin D-45, yet with a three-piece back reminiscent of the D-35 model. The ornate marquetry befits an instrument of this tier, with hexagonal abalone fretboard inlay, vertical Morris inlay on the bound rosewood headstock veneer, and exemplary fit and finish work throughout.
Tonewoods include a solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides, and a mahogany neck capped with a rosewood fretboard. This guitar has a classic square shoulder dreadnought tonal profile, with a broad and balanced midrange and a shimmering, pristine top end. The low end is focused and tight, delivering plenty of kick and a touch of growl when digging in hard with a flatpick. This Morris weighs 4lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 12-53 bronze strings and easy-playing action.
The mahogany neck has a deep V-shaped profile carve at the nut, with even more heft and substance further up the fretboard, measuring .925” deep at the 1st fret and 1.010” at the 9th. The bound rosewood fretboard features abalone hexagonal inlay and original slender frets that are in great shape, showing only light wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-5. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. 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 bound rosewood veneer with vertical T.F. Morris inlay. The 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 complete with its stock bridge pins, and the saddle has ample height for future adjustment. The top is framed by abalone binding, including binding outlining the fretboard extension, with additional abalone on the soundhole rosette. There is a professionally addressed split on the lower bout rim adjacent to the endpin, and additional cosmetic wear includes a number of minor nicks and dings on the body as a whole, as well as some faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss. The gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and fast in the palm, with a handful of shallow marks behind frets 1-4 that have no impact on playability.
A molded hardshell case is included.