Tom Morrissey Has introduced the new edition
of his “Texarkanian” design, “corseted” parlor style steel string guitar. The guitar is constructed with a Sinker
Cedar Soundboard. It has a Spanish
Heel and Indian Rosewood back and sides. The guitar has a 24.74” scale
length with a Honduran Mahogany neck and Ebony fret board. The
“Texarkanian” is named after the newspaper based in NE Texas by the same name
that ceased publication in the early 1900’s. There is also a classical style instrument
of the same overall design with nylon strings. both embellished with the Texas
Lone Star on the headstock. Acoustic instruments like this require over 100
hours of focused effort to produce. The rosettes and other embellishments can
be customized to the individual purchaser’s wishes. He can custom build an
heirloom quality instrument for you.
Prof. Morrissey, a published author, photographer,
has taught as prestigious institutions like Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Rhode Island
School of Design (RISD) and others nationwide. He has been involved with
various stringed musical instruments “in one way or another” since the 1960s.
He is a member of ASIA, GAL, and LINT and serves on the Board of Directors for the
Rhode Island Bluegrass Alliance.
He received a STEM Fellowship from the
National Science Foundation (NSF) for guitar building in 2014. He has worked
with several art and design students building electric guitars while applying
several concepts to the production which include - not only the students’ art
and design skills- but also in depth investigation into the engineering,
technology, science and math; STEM
concepts, that are involved with making these guitars playable instruments,
not just “wall hangers.” The students use a unique mix of traditional
woodworking tools and materials combined with 21st Century
Technology to accomplish their goals.
The Texarkanian standard model will have
an introductory suggested list retail price of $2,750. Orders are currently
being taken. Morrissey also offers guitar-building instruction, restoration and
All instruments produced are from the
highest quality materials and completely hand made. The first instruments of the Texarkanian design were completed in 2014. Production will begin in 2015 into 2016
with a 6-month waiting list currently. Only 30 will be produced in this limited
edition. Morrissey, a decorated combat veteran, was a helicopter pilot in the
For information, contact him at Veteran Guitar, Thomas F. Morrissey,
Luthier, by email: info@VeteranGuitar.com.
Or visit the website at www.VeteranGuitar.com. See our
listing in the 2014 Acoustic GuitarMagazine Luthier Directory.
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