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1960s Mosrite Ventures Model XII Vintage 12 String Electric Guitar Red w/ Case, USA-Made


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Up for sale, a 1960's Mosrite Ventures Model XII 12 string electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A genuine vintage USA-made Mosrite, this instrument is composed of a 1964 Mosrite Ventures body with 1st generation German Carve, paired with a slightly later (1965-66) neck. Retaining vintage pickups and hardware as well, this Mosrite has a powerful sound that retains the necessary nuance and treble detail to ensure that the string courses of the 12 string design really shine. The sound is more midrange forward and barking in the bridge position, with a drier percussive cut and clarity in the neck position. The guitar weighs 7lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh strings and low action.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve, measuring .865” deep  just beyond the taper of the volute at the 1st fret, and .880” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard retains the original slender frets which have extremely low and flat crowns with just a touch of wear on frets 1-4. The guitar plays easily up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and notes that ring out clearly in every register. The fretboard width is 1.650" at the zero fret just forward of the aluminum nut, and the headstock retains its full complement of original Kluson Deluxe double line tuning machines. The headstock face has both the Ventures Model logo and "Mosrite of California" text.

The electronics include a pair of vintage Mosrite pickups, metering at 9.5k ohms in the neck position and a hearty 11.4k at the bridge and wired to modern USA-made CTS pots. Hardware includes a positively gleaming Moseley-embossed chrome plated vibrato tailpiece and 12 saddle roller bridge, along with smooth-topped knobs. The three-ply parchment pickguard is somewhat rudimentary in its shaping, yet this doesn't exclude it from being a Mosrite product given the often hand-made appearance of much of Semie Moseley's guitar output.

The body has been refinished in a gloss matte red akin to Fender's Dakota Red, and there is light buckle rash central to the back, one notable ding on the back lower bout body edge, and a few additional minor marks and scuffs primarily on the back and body finish, the majority of which appears to be from before the current finish was applied, with the wear sitting below the red gloss. The original nitro lacquer finish is intact on the neck profile, with a couple areas of wear through the gloss and a tiny bit of wear central to the carve behind frets 1-3.

A 1990s Mosrite brown faux alligator USA hardshell case is included with the rare "Built in Soul" silkscreen text on the case lid.