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Charles F Morrison
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  • Gill, CO
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At 8:59pm on May 28, 2013, Charles F Morrison said…

A little audio of me playing one of My ForTune series guitars.

More information about these guitars can be found on my website.

At 7:38am on October 17, 2012, Charles F Morrison said…

Thinking about it I realized that I haven't put any audio of any of my guitars on this site. I'll be working on getting a decent exposition of the Fortune sound possibilities, but in the meanwhile I thought I'd put up a nice piece played on a Classical guitar I built a while back. This was recorded raw, no reverb or mucking about with it's sound in any way other than converting it to mp3.

I'm not sure how to put audio files up on this site, so I'm just putting a link in this comment. I hope you enjoy it. The performer, Alfredo Muro is one of the great guitarists of our time.

Bachianinha6 on Morrison #211 performed by Alfredo Muro

At 10:32am on October 15, 2012, Charles F Morrison said…

Thanks for the compliment on the design. I'll look into what it takes to get the different personalities recorded. I've found it difficult to get a sense of what a guitar sounds like in person onto an audio file. Recording tends to flatten everything out and it can be difficult to get a good sense of the in person experience, especially with the variation in computer audio equipment, which tends to be rather poor.

At 11:15pm on October 14, 2012, Shant Sharma said…

These look wonderful! Is there a possibility for you to play it and post it here. We want to hear how each "personality" sounds! :-) Thank you so much. All the very best for your future endeavors as well. Love and peace from Nepal

At 8:02pm on October 14, 2012, Charles F Morrison said…

This is a "Fortune Triad" guitar I recently built. Virtually everything about it is my own design, derived from almost 40 years of guitar playing and building. The body shape is one I came up with in the mid 1980s as is the initial neck design. I recently added a new bracing pattern, made the neck adjustable and adapted it to steel strings. Full access to 22 frets and an adjustable harmonic port finish it up. These guitars have a very distinctive loud and smooth sound along with the deepest bass available in a small body guitar (and many large bodies as well). The guitar can sound like two distinctly different guitars with a quick adjustment. Quite a nice trick. Strictly acoustic.

At 12:27am on November 30, 2011, Zach Stevenson said…

Great guitars! All uniquely beautiful. I especially like number 215, that bridge is amazing, what a distinctive wood.

And kudos to you for trying out such a radical bridge design on number 216.





At 4:06pm on July 30, 2011, Charles F Morrison said…

This is guitar #219, the first steel string acoustic I've built in roughly 20 years. This guitar pays tribute to Monte Novotny and the Bennet brothers, Reb and Andy, who were NBN guitars (1968-1976) in Longmont Colorado. They inspired me to start making guitars in 1974. For more info on NBN see the website devoted to these wonderfully unique guitars.


This guitar features the NBN concert size body and peghead shape, and a solid rosette similar to the black rosettes on NBNs. The bracing is an elongated X similar to those Monte was developing in the 80s before he died. Lots of things original to me though.

Top - Englemann Spruce (perfectly quarter sawn)

Back/sides - Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba, perfectly quarter sawn)

Neck - American Red Alder (with double action truss rod)

Fretboard/Bridge - Macassar Ebony

Nut/Saddle - Corian 1 3/4" nut width

YellowHeart wood binding

Very nice low action with a loud and clear sound. A great smaller performance guitar.

This guitar is for sale - $2500 contact me at


At 9:25am on January 29, 2011, Charles F Morrison said…

Every once in a while a truly exceptional guitar comes along and this is it. #215 is built with an aged German Spruce top and Canadian Cyprus back/sides. The bridge is Laotian black and white Ebony. The very blond aesthetic is finished off with yellowheart binding and minimal purfling. This is the first guitar I've made with my Colorado mountain rosette design.


The sound is what distinguishes this guitar and it's the guitar by which all others will be judged (at least by me). It has a purity of tone in a tenor voice. The dynamic range is intense with incredible headroom. It doesn't break up at all when pushed to the limit. At the same time it can be played with incredible sensitivity and expression. IMHO, it would be a shame to consider this only a flamenco guitar.


#215 is not, and may never be for sale. It is available for playing should you be in the area. I do offer similarly made guitars on a custom order basis. See/hear videos of it being played (flamenco style) by two excellent Colorado guitarists on my web site.

At 8:54am on January 22, 2011, Charles F Morrison said…

This is #216, The obvious elephant in the room is the "ring pin" bridge which I designed after doing some experiments on a non-tensioned model. This guitar has a very deep bass and a bright treble with good volume, even above the 12th fret. Great note separation. Deep without being muddy.

Cedar top, Cherry Back/sides, Alder neck, Macassar Ebony fretboard. The body shape is the NBN classical/concert body style.

If you're in or passing through Colorado and want to hear it, let me know.

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Charles F Morrison commented on Brent McElroy's group Guitar Makers
"I've built about 10 guitars with this bracing design, with and without the brace laminated flaring. They have all been consistently loud and tonally rich. The back bracing drops the main resonance frequency of the back considerably compared to…"
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Charles F Morrison commented on Brent McElroy's group Guitar Makers
" Just to be a bit more complete, here's the back bracing."
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Charles F Morrison commented on Brent McElroy's group Guitar Makers
"Luis, Here is an inside view of the top wherein all secrets are revealed. Well, not all. The main braces are laminated of 3 pieces and the ends flared to avoid too much top deformation at the ends. When the soundhole moves out of the main…"
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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician, Guitar maker, This is a profile for a guitar-related business engaged in the following area(s):, Guitar manufacturer, Guitar-related website
How many years have you been playing guitar?
More than 30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Nylon-string guitar, Archtop guitar, Electric guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
2013 C.F. Morrison ForTune acoustic
1969 NBN R-1 Acoustic
1990 CF Morrison Archtop
1985 CF Morrison Classical
1991 CF Morrison 7 string Classical
What is your website address?
What type of music do you like to play?
improvisational, my own arrangements of anything I like.
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I purchase copies at newsstands/bookstores

About the photo

The guitar I'm holding in my photo is the #0004 Classical guitar made by Reb Bennet of NBN guitars in the early 1970s. I saw this instrument several times during visits to the NBN "factory" outside of Longmont Colorado in 1973 and 1974. It is largely due to my admiration for this instrument that I became a guitar maker.

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