Up for sale, a 1970's Firstman Mosrite Ventures Model in perfect working order, complete with a 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 two-piece ash body, Moseley-branded vibrato tailpiece, and a pair of overwound single coil pickups. Rich and roaring, these pickups are wound to a robust 10k ohms, deliver a bold surfy treble-centric snap, with smooth midrange and ample low end too. The guitar weighs 8lbs 12oz, 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-shaped profile carve with round shoulders and just a hair more depth as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .810" at the 1st fret and .880" at the 12th. On the dark rosewood fretboard, the original slender fretwire has its full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-2. 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 nut. The headstock features original Kluson-style 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 vibrato arm and bridge are both brand new vintage-style parts furnished by Hallmark Guitars. Rounding out the hardware, the skirted chrome knobs are the original "smooth" style more akin to a pre-1966 Mosrite.
The Sunburst finish is a vibrant three-tone gloss highlighting the particularly dynamic grain patterns on the ash body. There are numerous touched-up finish chips in the black of the Sunburst on the body perimeter, with one larger ding central to the lower bout on the back as well. Beyond that, there are just a few minor finish scratches and nicks on the body as a whole, and the neck profile gloss is flawless save for a couple tiny chips in the gloss adjacent to the zero fret.
A vintage, presumably original hardshell case is included with a blue plush interior.