Up for sale, a 1999 Morgan OM acoustic/electric in near-mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtag. Handcrafted in North Vancouver, British Columbia, by David Iannone, Morgan guitars are exquisite instruments with masterful fit and finish work. Iannone apprenticed under Canadian master luthier Jean Larrivée, placing himself in a lineage of craftsmen that can be traced back to legendary luthiers Jose Ramirez and his master, Francisco Gonzalez.
This particular OM-style guitar features a Venetian cutaway, with deeply figured bookmatched curly koa back and sides, an X-braced Sitka spruce top (locally sourced from the vast Sitka forests in BC), mahogany neck, and a bound ebony fingerboard, with a lower bout width of 15 1/4” and a body depth of 4”. Offering power and articulation in equal measure when given an authoritative strum, there's a rich, textured growl to the wound strings when digging in hard with a flatpick, and each low string has equal presence and clarity. The midrange sweetness and detail of koa is on full display, and the plain strings are round and punchy with a sparkling snap. Partially attributable to the OM body shape and scale length, this Morgan is highly receptive to fingerpicking as well, with a balanced sound in all registers. This Morgan weighs 4lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 12-54 bronze strings, easy-playing action, and accurate intonation.
The mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder, measuring .790” deep at the 1st fret and .910” at the 9th. The ebony fingerboard is framed by grained ivoroid binding, and the slender fretwire is pristine. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25.6” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures 1 3/4“ in width. The headstock has a gloss-finished ebony veneer with an abalone/pearl “M” Morgan inlay, and the Morgan-branded tuning machines function reliably.
The ebony bridge sits flush with the top on all edges, and the compensated saddle has room for future adjustment. The action at the 12th fret currently sits at a comfortable 7/64” on the bass side and 5/64” on the treble side. The soundhole is framed by an “M” rosette, and the label is visible in the body cavity, signed by David Iannone. The neck heel block is engraved with the serial number, and Iannone has confirmed this guitar was crafted in ‘99. The 9V battery powering the Fishman Matrix undersaddle pickup is also mounted to the neck block, and all the electronics function as intended. The red tortoise pickguard exhibits some very faint scuffing along the strum path.
The top and back are framed by rosewood purfling, and the gloss finish highlights the extremely tight figuring in the curly koa back and sides. It’s a stunning cut with an almost holographic, three-dimensional appearance. This guitar is exceedingly well-kept, with barely a scratch on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is similarly immaculate.
The original hardshell case with green plush interior is included, along with the original hangtag.