Morales M350 Dreadnought Acoustic 1968
Morales M350 dreadnought, made in Japan 1967-8. Morales guitars were a brand owned by Zen-On music, who still produce sheet music these days. The made some noteworthy Mosrite style electrics, but these Martin style acoustics are absolutely worth a look too. This one references the legendary Martin D-45; so it's a square shoulder dreadnought made from spruce and rosewood, lightly braced and adorned with a heap of abalone. It's gorgeous to behold; the aged natural finish looks so good on both the front and back. It's got a balanced, warm and naturally loud tone; there's a heap of heft to the low end and a chiming snap to the treble. The neck is a comfortable very soft V; it's a comfy workable profile and has held up well over five decades. Why buy a new, boring acoustic when you can grab something with a heap of presence and mojo about it like this?
Model: Morales M350
Made: Japan, 1967-8 approx, Zen-On factory (serial 200381M)
Finish: natural, gloss poly
Body: dreadnought style shape; laminate spruce top, laminate rosewood back and sides
Neck: mahogany, ebony fingerboard, dovetail joint, 25.5" scale, 15" radius
Case: basic non-original vintage hard case
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some minor marks on the end. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has widespread light scuffs, no major marks. The sides have no major marks, just some light scuffs around the whole body and a dent on the bottom horn. The front is pretty tidy, just a few dimples around the near the guard, in the elbow area and top horn and some standard play scuffs around the strings. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: action is moderately low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. Frets look nice and even and in pretty good shape, 8/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 13/54 Moonshiners strings.