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1980s Morris TF-801DV Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Walnut w/ Case, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1980's Morris TF-801DV dreadnought acoustic guitar in excellent, 100% original condition, complete with the original hardshell case. An expertly crafted Japanese-made dreadnought, this Morris acoustic features a rich tonal profile and cosmetic appointments befitting a proper D-45, yet with a unique three-piece back with a central third of figured chestnut, more in the spirit of a D-35. And with a dark Walnut finish, abalone rosette and top binding, hexagonal abalone inlay on the rosewood board, and diamond volute, this square shoulder dreadnought is a visually stunning example with a bevy of premium tonewood ingredients.

This TF-801 has a full frequency response, with a clear, cutting sound and the note clarity afforded the jacaranda rosewood (Bolivian rosewood) back and sides paired with a solid X-braced spruce top. The guitar offers loads of bold projection, power, and low end kick, with a robust character that responds well to dynamic picking and strumming. This Morris TF-801 weighs 4lbs 13oz and has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, dialed in with comfortable action and fresh 12-53 phosphor bronze strings.

The mahogany neck has a C profile carve, almost asymmetrical in its shape, offering more shoulder on the bass side, measuring .915" deep at the 1st fret and 1.010" at the 9th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a dark, tight-grained cut, with hexagonal abalone inlays like its unrelated Martin-made cousin, and pristine stock slender fretwire. The guitar plays easily 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 vertical T.F. Morris inlay, very much in the vein of a Martin D-45. The bound headstock sports stock gold Morris-branded Schaller-style tuning machines that turn very smoothly and hold pitch well, with light patina on the gold plating.

On the body, the ebony bridge sits flush with the spruce top on all edges, and the saddle has plenty of height for future adjustment. The guitar has an abalone rosette and top binding, along with detailed marquetry separating the thirds of the back, with a highly figured central strip of chestnut bisecting the bookmatched jacaranda rosewood. The guitar is crack-free and has been very sparingly played over the past several decades. Cosmetic wear is limited to faint scuffing in the pick path, with a few light requisite scuffs and scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the instrument as a whole. The neck sports a pristine smooth gloss finish on the profile.

The original hardshell case is included.