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1990s Morris TF-150 Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar 100% Original w/ Case & Tags, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1990’s Morris TF-150 dreadnought acoustic guitar in near mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and factory paperwork. Made at the Terada factory in Japan, this expertly crafted vintage dreadnought has the general body construction in-line with a Martin D-45, yet with a three-piece back reminiscent of a D-35 model. Cosmetic refinements include abalone top binding and rosette, hexagonal fretboard inlay, and the Morris name oriented vertically on the headstock face.

Featuring a solid X-braced spruce top, jacaranda sides, and a jacaranda back with center piece of figured chestnut, this acoustic has a classic square shoulder dreadnought tonal profile. A cousin of Brazilian rosewood, Jacaranda Pardo is often referred to as Bolivian rosewood, offering a similar tonal response to its Brazilian counterpart with extremely dynamic grain patterns and a rich color. Weighing 4lbs 12oz, this Morris delivers a bright and clear sound with sparkling percussive cut. The low end is present yet restrained, and the plain strings really shine. The guitar offers good note separation and smooth, balanced sound as you travel up the fretboard, and given the instrument’s voicing, it’s much more sympathetic to fingerstyle playing than most dreadnoughts. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Morris TF-150 is dialed in with comfortable action and fresh 12-53 phosphor bronze strings.

The mahogany neck has a medium depth soft V profile carve, measuring .855" deep at the 1st fret and .940" at the 9th. The bound ebony fretboard features hexagonal abalone inlay and pristine original vintage-style slender fretwire. The guitar plays well in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is a full 25 5/8", and the nut is a hand-carved piece of bone measuring 1 11/16" in width. The bound headstock features a diamond volute, rosewood veneer and vertical T.F. Morris inlay, very much reminiscent of a top tier Martin. The stock gold Schaller-style tuning machines turn very smoothly and hold pitch well.

On the body, the ebony bridge sits flush with the spruce top on all edges, and the saddle has good height, offering room for future adjustment. The guitar has abalone top and rosette binding, along with detailed marquetry framing the dimensional flame chestnut central third on the back. Visible through the soundhole, the Morris label stamped with TF-150, mirroring the TF-150 stamp on the heel block. Truly stunning in its presentation, the tortoise pickguard still retains the protective transparent factory film, and cosmetic wear is limited to one small shallow mark on the bass-side lower bout on top, and there’s otherwise barely a scratch on it. The satin finish on the neck profile is flawless.

The original hardshell case is included, along with the factory paperwork.