Up for sale, a 1970s Firstman Mosrite Ventures Model in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Produced subsequently to the more common Avenger model, this guitar follows the iconic stylings of the Ventures Model Mosrites of the 1960s, but was produced in Japan in the ‘70s as the result of an agreement between Semie Moseley and the Firstman company. All of the hallmarks of classic Mosrite design are present, including 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 9.7k ohms, delivering a bold, surfy treble-centric snap with a smooth midrange and ample low end. This guitar weighs 8lbs 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.
The two-piece maple neck has a very slender, fast-feeling C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder and a hair more overall heft further up the fretboard, measuring .780” deep at the 1st fret and .890” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a notably dark, tight-grained cut of this tonewood, featuring fret-edge binding and flawless stock slender fretwire. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The fretboard is 1 5/8” wide at the zero fret, just forward of the nut. The headstock retains the original Kluson-style tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.
The simple and straightforward electronics work as intended, with a three-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone knobs. The wiring harness features premium modern components including CTS pots and a Switchcraft pickup selector and jack. The original 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 base is original to the instrument, while the chrome-plated arm and roller bridge are modern, vintage-spec components. The smooth top knobs are also modern components matching pre-1966 Mosrite spec. The white pickguard is a custom-made replacement.
The Sunburst finish is a vibrant three-tone gloss highlighting the particularly dynamic grain of the ash body, an uncommon tonewood for a Mosrite. The top is notably clean, and cosmetic wear on the finish limited to two finish chips and some scuffing on the lower bout body edge, and a scant few faint scratches on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is pristine.
The original black tolex hardshell case with gold plush interior and raised Mosrite logo on the exterior is included.