South Australian troubadour and guitar builder Don Morrison has been making resonator guitars, mandolins and ukuleles for over twenty years. All Donmo instruments are handmade so the chances are that no two are exactly alike.
Don makes these guitars from old galvanised corrugated iron sheets found in sheds and farms. Some of it can be over 100 years old. He rolls the sheets flat and because the steel is stiffer and thinner than other types, the guitars are very light weight for a metal body. For example, Don’s single cone generally weighs just 2.8 kilos (6.5 pounds).
Due to the wonders of the internet, e-mail and international air freight, Don has been selling instruments to people all over the world for over two decades and his reputation keeps growing.
From Don – “In 2018 I sold my 500th instrument and so far I have made 380 guitars, 65 or so mandolins and more than 80 ukuleles. Because I use my own guitars in many different situations – solo, duo, band, amplified, acoustic, for recording, for busking – I get a chance to see how they perform in all conditions. (Some customers may be disturbed to hear that their guitar has been road tested at the local markets!)
These guitars are lightweight, fun to make and lose nothing in tone to their more “sophisticated” brothers.”
· Body made from found galvanised iron sheet
· Single cone resonator
· Biscuit bridge
· 11.5" body
· F soundholes
· 12 fret mulga neck
· Gidgee fretboard
· Dot markers
· Vintage style tuners
· 1 3/4" nut
· 25 1/2 " scale
· Hardshell case
This handmade resonator boasts a ton of personality and a great look too. Its tone is surprisingly warm and much closer to a wood body than you might imagine, yet still has great mid-range pop and top end chime.
This resonator is in very good condition overall. It shows only minor dings and light scratches – but they were all probably there when this resonator came off Don’s workbench.
The frets show only light wear if any and still have a ton of playing time left in them. The neck is comfortable in all positions and the truss rod works fine.
This is a really well executed hand built resonator with lots of character and tone to burn. All of Don’s instruments are a one-off, and this is no exception. It plays great, sounds big, and has a unique personality all of its own.
Comes in its fitted hard case in good condition.