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1980s Morris W-100D Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Vine Inlay Japan w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1980's Morris W-100D dreadnought acoustic guitar in near mint, 100% original condition, complete with the original hardshell case. A signature model for Takao Horiuchi of the legendary group "Alice," the W-100D is an expertly crafted dreadnought produced in Japan with fit and finish work befitting a high-end Martin. The W-100D features a solid spruce top, jacaranda (Bolivian rosewood) sides, and a unique three-piece back with a central third of figured chestnut. Ornate cosmetic appointments include an elaborate abalone vine inlay pattern up the ebony fretboard and abalone top, rosette, and headstock binding in-line with a D-45. The guitar yields the rich, defined sound one expects from the tonewood compliment of rosewood, ebony, and an X-braced spruce top, achieving the tonal equilibrium only a true vintage instrument can deliver. The sound is well-balanced and dynamically responsive, with a full, textured low end with plenty of boom and kick, a singing midrange, and a present top that offers a choice blend of definition and smoothness. This W-100D weighs 5lbs and has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and fresh 12-53 phosphor bronze strings.

The mahogany neck has a slender V shaped profile carve, measuring .835” deep at the 1st fret and tapering to .934” at the 9th. The bound ebony fretboard features vine inlay and flawless stock medium jumbo fretwire. The scale length is 25 5/8", and the nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The abalone bound jacaranda headstock veneer features a vertical TF Morris inlay and gold set of Morris tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well, along with a distinctive Martin-style diamond-shaped volute.

On the body, the ebony bridge sits flush with the spruce top on all edges, and the saddle has plenty of height, with room for future adjustment. The top is framed by abalone binding that wraps the fretboard extension and extends to the rosette, and additional abalone binding frames the sides as well. The guitar is crack-free and has been very sparingly played over the past several decades, with cosmetic wear limited to some requisite pick scuffing in the strum path and just a few scattered finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss finish. The neck profile is pristine.

The original hardshell case with blue interior and aluminum trim is included.