Not much is known about the 1975 Morris Custom Mando Mania guitar, but is best described as "Plays like a Les Paul, looks like a Mandolin". It is roughly the same size as a Les Paul but looks like a Mandolin. Here is an article from Michael Wright written a few years back that sums up where it came from and why. It came to our attention a few years back through American guitarist and composer, Henry Kaiser.
Henry was a big fan of Miles Davis guitarist Pete Cosey, who was one of the few pro players that used the Morris Custom Mando Mania guitar. His fiercely flanged and distorted tone bore comparisons to Jimi Hendrix. Here is a great article from Premier Guitar about the late Pete Cosey.
The original had a logo on the headstock that said "The Morris". As a tip of the hat to Pete, we're decided to call this "The Cosey" instead. The photos are of our prototype, the final version will have "The Cosey" logo on the headstock and will INCLUDE a custom gigbag.
- Body: Maple Top, Tone Chambered Mahogany
- Colours: Sunburst (more if over subscribed)
- Pickups: Dual Hofner Style Staple Pickups
- Switching: 3-Way
- Controls: 2 Volune, 1 Tone
- Bridge: Tune-O-Matic with Stop Tail
- Neck: Set Maple
- Finger Board: Rosewood, Block Markers
- Scale Length: 24 3/4"
- Width at the Nut: 1 11/16"
- Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
- Strings: D'Addario #10
- Custom Gigbag INCLUDED
"Pete Cosey has been one of my biggest guitar heroes, ever since I first saw him play live in the early 70’s. Back in 1973 he was very kind when I went up talk to him after a Miles gig in Boston. He shared everything that my young brain could handle about his approach to guitar. On his greatest recordings, Miles Davis’ AGHARTA and PANGEA, Pete played a very unusual guitar that was given to him in Japan. A Morris Custom electric that this Eastwood Custom shop model is based on. I have one of the original Morris guitars like Pete’s myself. I can testify that it is one
psychedelic funk monster instrument. When you play it through a fuzz and wah you instantly can access the crazy and innovative sounds that went beyond Jimi that Pete created on those live in Japan tours with Miles. The Eastwoood Custom Shop is doing a great job of creating a new and inexpensive tribute to Pete’s axe that will easily do that same job, as well as leading one down the path to even newer forms of psychedelic chaos, as well as being a great blues and jazz instrument. A surprising thing about my original Morris is that it is the easiest playing guitar that I have ever played. I think this has something to do with the design and the way it sits against my body."
Here’s the obit that Henry wrote for Pete in GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE, back in 2012:
Check out two of Pete’s 1975 solos on his Morris at 3:30 and 36:30 on this youtube audio: