Up for sale, a 1970's Firstman Mosrite Ventures Model in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Produced subsequently to the more common Avenger model, this guitar follows the stylings of the Ventures Model Mosrite of the 1960s, but was produced in Japan in the '70s as a result of an agreement between Semie Moseley and the Firstman company. All the hallmarks of classic Mosrite design are present on this model, with a deep German Carve on the rare ash body, Moseley-branded vibrato tailpiece, and a pair of overwound single coil pickups. Rich and roaring, these pickups are wound to a robust 11k+ ohms, deliver a bold surfy treble-centric snap, with smooth midrange and ample low end too. The guitar weighs 8lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The two-piece maple neck has a slender, fast-feeling C carve with round shoulders and just a hair more depth as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .805" at the 1st fret and .899" at the 12th. On the dark rosewood fretboard, the original fretwire has its full factory height and crown, with a bit more meat than USA Mosrite fretwire, showing virtually no wear. The guitar plays well up the 24 3/4" scale, and the fretboard is 1 5/8" wide at the zero fret just forward of the carved bone nut. The headstock features original star tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
The simple and straightforward electronics work as intended, with a three-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone knobs. The black plastic pickup covers are embossed with the Mosrite name, and the Moseley tailpiece has the same design as its USA-made predecessor, with a smaller diameter spring than a Bigsby and a quicker actuation for subtle warbles. The knobs are also the "smooth" style more akin to a pre-1966 Mosrite. The chrome plating is bright and clean with just a hint of patina on the tailpiece and arm. The Sunburst finish is a vibrant three-tone gloss highlighting the particularly dynamic grain patterns on the bass side of the ash body. Exceedingly clean, there are just a few tiny marks on the body as a whole, and the neck profile is flawless.
The original hardshell case is included with unique aluminum trim and a gold plush interior.