Morris Guitars - 000 f-18 - is it a real guitar?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by seratone, Apr 12, 2015.

  1. seratone

    seratone Member

    Mar 25, 2011
    ...or a throwaway student guitar

    I'm thinking of jumping on an auction from a Pawn outlet in Texas on Ebay for a Morris 1973 000 F-18 for under $200.

    I'm looking for an 000 guitar to string in Nashville tuning (or not, if the guitar is any good - Octave tuning can be pretty forgiving).

    I've read the posts about these little Guitars and Morris Martin clones in General, but haven't found any specific on this model. I've played a later 80's Morris/Martin clone and was really impressed with it.

    Does anyone have any experience with them (f-18's)? Are they a laminated top (does that matter?) they have a truss rod?

    I like restoring small bodied guitars, until recently it's been older Japanese Takamine's...this would seem to contribute to that hobby at a much lower price point. Yahoo Auctions in Japan seems to be selling F-18's for about $100...and in auction in the US for $400...

    I'm wondering if I'm going to get something shipped to Toronto from Texas that's just going to end up in the garbage.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2015
  2. mc5nrg

    mc5nrg Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2004
    DC, Philly, Asquared, Upper Michigan
    If you live in Toronto there must be lots of better candidates on craigslist or similar.

    Truss rod, sure. Otherwise sort of a typical early 70s cheap MIJ import.All that is missing is the adjustable bridge. My advice is don't bother.
  3. ciro22

    ciro22 Member

    Sep 27, 2018
    i have a morris guitar can add me on facebook..i will show you my guitar..ocir aidagam
  4. zombywoof

    zombywoof Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    Only going on what I heard back in my music store days in the 1980s but the word was the then current Morris guitars were significantly better than the earlier instruments.

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