(SOLD) Morris MD-515 Dreadnought Acoustic 1983
Morris MD-515 dreadnought, natural finish, made in Japan 1983. Morris launched in 1967 under the watchful eye of master luthier Toshio "Mori" Moridaira, and they became quite a substantial player in the local Japanese market over the 70s and 80s. This is a tasty handmade vintage dreadnought, made with care from quality materials. It's a comfy player with an agreeable neck shape and reasonable action. The tone is warm and open with a generous dynamic response, it's got a lot og charm. The back has some really lovely grain on show and the top is set off nicely by the abalone inlays. Classy stuff, and heaps of guitar for the cashola.
Model: Morris MD-515
Made: Japan, 1983 approx (serial 370620)
Finish: natural, gloss poly
Body: dreadnought style shape; laminate spruce top, laminate rosewood back and sides
Neck: mahogany, rosewood fingerboard, dovetail joint, 25.5" scale, 15" radius
Case: basic non-original hard case
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has some dimples on the end and top edge, scuffs on the bottom edge and back and some fading on the front. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has widespread light scuffs but no major marks. The sides have light scuffs on the elbow area and bottom corner, nothing nasty. The front has minor dimples around the whole body plus some scuffs around the bridge and elbow area, as well as play wear on the shoulders and guard. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: action is moderately low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. The frets have some minor wear, 7/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 12/54 Moonshiners strings.