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1970s T.F. Morris W-60 Vintage Dreadnaught Acoustic Guitar w/ Case, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1970's T.F. Morris model W-60 vintage dreadnought acoustic guitar in exceptional, 100% original condition, complete with a hardshell case. Made at the esteemed Matsumoku factory in Japan, this expertly crafted W-60 has a general body construction in-line with the Martin D-45, yet with a three-piece back reminiscent of a D-35 model.

Featuring a solid spruce top, jacaranda rosewood sides, and a jacaranda rosewood back with central third of highly flamed chestnut, this guitar has a classic square shoulder dreadnought tonal profile, with plenty of low end oomph and kick, and a shimmering, clear top end. The ornate marquetry befits an instrument of this tier, with hexagonal abalone fretboard inlay, vertical Morris inlay on the bound rosewood headstock veneer (akin to a D-45), and exemplary fit and finish work throughout. We've had this Morris professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, dialed in with fresh 12-53 phosphor bronze strings and comfortable action.

The mahogany neck has a deep V profile carve with even more heft and substance as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .965” deep at the 1st fret and 1.050” at the 9th. The rosewood fretboard boasts multi-ply cream binding, abalone hexagonal inlays, and pristine original 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 a vertical T.F. Morris inlay very much in the vein of a Martin D-45. The stock Morris branded Schaller-style tuning machines turn very smoothly and hold pitch well, and the distinctive Martin-style diamond volute can be seen on the back of the headstock.

On the body, the ebony bridge sits flush with the spruce top on all edges, and the saddle has ample height for future adjustment. The guitar has abalone top and rosette binding, along with detailed marquetry framing the dimensional flamed chestnut on the back. A cousin of Brazilian rosewood, Jacaranda Pardo is often referred to as Bolivian rosewood, offering a similar tonal profile to its Brazilian brother. Cosmetic wear is limited to pick scuffs across the black pickguard, and a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss mostly relegated to the back body edges. The neck profile sports a pristine smooth satin finish.

A vintage Japanese Yairi-branded hardshell case is included.