Rare, vintage, very high quality 1972 Morris Gakki Japan Model F-10 lawsuit era 000 size acoustic guitar. No case but will be very well-packed for safe shipping.
These guitars are very difficult to find in the US. They can be found in Japan for steep prices and hundreds of dollars shipping. Check out eBay Member little.dan4808 and see what he is asking for these vintage Morris guitars.
The Morris Guitars company has been building quality handcrafted instruments in Nagano, Japan for a long time.
Mr. Toshio Moridaira, the founder, was the first distributor in Japan to carry both Fender and Gibson lines. In 1964, due to his working relationship with Gibson, Mr. Moridaira was able to visit the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan. An employee at Gibson nicknamed him “Mori” at that time.
In 1967, he founded the Morris Guitars company. He named it Morris, taken from the nickname given to him a while back. Morris produced copies of dreadnought and small jumbo models based on Martin and Gibson designs. Since then, Morris Guitars have enjoyed an outstanding reputation in Japan and other countries for making high quality guitars.
In 1974, Morris introduced their guitars at the NAMM show. In 1978, Morris introduced the Tornado line, thin body acoustic-electric guitars inspired by the Ovation design. Up until the early 80s, the U.S. market saw a variety of guitars that Morris imported from Japan.
This particular Morris is in very nice condition. 000 size, being 14 1/2 inches at lower bout. The inside label reads 1972, and has the stamped signature of the inspector. The bound, bookmatched, X-braced laminate spruce top has a very nice aged look to it. The spruce grain is pretty tight and has lots of nice 3-D flame. T are a few marks, dings, and scratches normal for a guitar of this vintage. The ebony belly bridge is lifting ever so slightly, but appears quite tight and not going anyw I detect no cracks anyw on the top.
The back and sides are very attractive straight grained mahogany. I can see grain lines inside the guitar also but I believe the mahogany is veneer, not solid. But it is very high quality veneer. The back and sides are really quite clean, and have just a few normal dings and scrtaches, and I detect no cracks.
The rosewood fingerboard has pearl dot inlays, and very little fret wear, just a small bit on the first two frets.
The trussrod cover on the peghead face reads Morris Gakki Co.
The back of the mahogany neck is quite clean, and t is a small hole in the heel from a removed strap button. The heel is tight to the body, and it has a mitered heelcap. The tuners are original, and Morris is stamped on the back of the peghead.
The neck appears straight, and the playing action is very comfortable, a hair under 3/16 inches at the 12th fret.
This guitar has excellent tone and is a great fingerpicker. Guitar guru George Gruhn has stated that in his opinion, 000 size guitars are the sweetest sounding acoustics of all, and this guitar is no exception.
Overall it is a real nice vintage 1972 Morris Gakki 000 size acoustic guitar. Make it your own, without having to pay the extrordinarily steep Japanese shipping prices.
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