(SOLD) Morris M-80 Dreadnought Acoustic c2005
Morris M-80 dreadnought, natural finish, made in Japan circa 2005. Morris launched in 1967 under the watchful eye of master luthier Toshio "Mori" Moridaira, going on to become one of the biggest names in acoustic guitars in Japan. You can still buy a new Morris today, they offer some really beautiful instruments. This one is a fairly recent example, and being a higher end model, it's very nice. Firstly, it's all solid: tightly grained sitka spruce on the top, rich red African mahogany for the back and sides. The maple binding around the fretboard and sides and inlaid checkerboard binding around the top are lovely touches; it looks very classy. The sound is dry and warm, with a self-assured bass response and plenty of natural volume. The midrange is wide and expressive too, it's a great strummer. This is a great example of a high quality Japanese dreadnought, it will surely only get better with age.
Model: Morris M-80
Made: Japan, 2005 approx (no serial on these)
Finish: natural, gloss poly
Body: dreadnought style shape; solid spruce top, solid African mahogany back and sides
Neck: mahogany, rosewood fingerboard, dovetail joint, 25.5" scale, 15" radius
Mods: pickguard replaced
Case: basic non-original hard case
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has some scuffs on the end. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has some dimples on the bottom shoulder and elbow area and widespread light scuffs around the whole body. The sides have dimples in the elbow area and bottom corner and some rub wear on the bottom shoulder. The front has scuffs behind and around the bridge, along the back edge and in the elbow area and some play wear on the guard and shoulders. Overall: very good condition (7.5/10).
Playing condition notes: action is moderately low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. The frets have some minor wear but look pretty good, 7/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 12/54 Moonshiners strings.