When I heard that Morris was developing a guitar for fingerstyle players, I was so happy because more people can truly enjoy acoustic guitar music. Most of the guitars designed for the fingerstyle player are high end guitars made by famous luthiers, and larger manufacturers did not offer any guitar specifically for fingerstyle players. After much research and study, they have created S Series. Both “Luthier model” and “Hand Made model” have “Balanced sound” and “Playability”. This is truly a guitar designed for fingerstyle players.http://www.myspace.com/tokiouchida
Visually, my Morries guitar has a simple elegance that I like very much. There is noothing very fancy to look at on this guitar. But, to the ear, it is more complex.http://harpguitar.com/
I have enjoyed playing and recording with my Morris guitar. This is a finely crafted instrument with ascetic beauty and tone. This guitar is also very playable, which should please both professional and student guitarists. You can hear my Morris guitar on my latest release “Freehand” also known as “Acoustic Sketches 2″ I played this guitar on songs such as “Bela”,”Massa”,”Shigeo” and “Forerunner”. I recommend highly the Morris Guitar.http://www.philkeaggy.com/
I am very immpressed by my new Morris steel-string guitar. In both recording and performing, it feels, responds, and sounds like some of the finest hand made guitars. And it looks beautiful, too. Now, I often travel with both my handmade classical and my Morris steel-string to give me the versatility I need to play the wide variety of music in concerts. Thank you to all the people at the Morris/Moridiaira company.http://www.murielanderson.com/
My signature model is based on the S-131R. S Series guitars incorporate many details for fingerstyle players, such as the shape of the neck, and the positioning of the strings on the nut, in order to increase the playability. The size of the body is very comfortable for Japanese players. I understand this series was designed for fingerstyle players, but I also use this guitar for my studio work and backing up other musicians on the stage. Even when I tune down the strings, I can still get a rich full sound and it has become one of my main guitars. B-Band system also has a very natural sound compared with other pickup systems. Its delicate overtones and sustain fit my playing style perfectly. I think it will be my great partner for many years to come.
I was initially impressed by the very high level of craftsmanship and finish on the Morris family of guitars. They are beautifully made of fine woods and the design is elegantly classic. Tone and playability are equal to anything that I have played, and the pickup system sounds great. It is obvious that Morris has a commitment to quality. Their guitars speak for themselves!
My S Series guitar and I go back many years. I have played many guitars, but it is very seldom I find a guitar which I felt a very special connection with from the first time I touched it. This S Series is one of the few. Since then I have been consulting them to further improve this guitar and they have produced many prototypes to perfect this series. They finally came up with the S-135 model and I am happy to give it my seal of approval with confidence. I can guarantee this guitar is just as good, or even better, than many of the high end guitars made in America or Europe.
“Evolving” is the perfect word to describe todayﾕs Morris Guitars. When I was young, the Morris Guitars were more known as guitars for beginners. But that time has passed. Morris Guitar put a tremendous amount of time and talent to create the guitars they offer today. Fingerstyle playing has finally found its place in recent years, but players and guitars always have to aspire to a higher stage, in order to keep the momentum going. As one of the top guitar manufacturers in Japan, Morris is making guitars which will go beyond the Japanese market, and will expand throughout the world.
During May 2002 I was touring in Hungary with an international guitar quartet including the famous Japanese artist Isato Nakagawa, well no surprise to hear that electrification sound of Isato was the best, but the really surprise was hearing Isato playing unplugged behind the stage so I asked to him: that guitar sound beautifull acoustic too, let me try it! So when I had this Morris under my fingers it was like I had this guitar for years, and the very familiar approach was complete with a vaery easy fingerboard to play and a very responsive and balabced sound. So the final word was: I want this guitar! I have lots of very good instruments at home but will be hard to leave this guitar at home before a toud, thanks Isato and Shigeo, stay tuned, ciao Franco.
The first time I played a Morris S Series was towards the end of 2001. Because of the thin, comfortably shaped neck and low action, the guitar had a wonderful playability. In 2002 they designed the Minamizawa Custom model (S121sp) for me. They incorporated my somewhat difficult requests, such as a silk flat finish, pin-less bridge, and wood inlays. I am so happy with it that it is now my main guitar. Because of its design and playability, it is by far my favorite guitar.
I have always looked for special instruments which I can put myself in to and express my feelings. When I pick such an instrument, I become one with the guitar, and my imagination begins working. I found Morris S Series about 2 years ago and I have been using it on stage and for recording. Of course I love the sound, but I love it even more because I can feel “the special something” even when I just hold the guitar.