Modifications/Anomalies: Moved strap button from body to neck.

Details: I learned to play guitar on a borrowed Kay from sister Judy, but this Morris was my first purchased guitar. Morris was a budget brand from Japan based on the Martin D-28 dreadnought. I remember the day I went in and saw it in the rack at the back of Veneman Music on Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda. Grumpy Mr. Veneman was at the counter, eyeing us nervously (“Damn kids…”). I remember he gave us a bit of a break on the price because it had a crack in the finish layer of the bottom back of the guitar (the crack remains in the finish.) The only mod I made was to move the strap button from the body to the neck position for better stability (you can still see the original hole in the body.) It had, and has to this day, a big robust acoustic sound. And I thought I was the only one who knew about Morris, but sometime in the 90’s Eric Brace came into our EOP studios to record his group and pulled out a Morris covered in road stickers. Same great sound. A couple of years ago, while fooling around in D tuning, I wrote “Always the Same” on it, and it remains in that tuning to this day. This is a special guitar; you never forget your first kiss.

  • Color: Natural
  • Date purchased: 1970