Up for sale, a 1970's Firstman Mosrite Ventures Model in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order with a custom color Candy Apple Red gloss finish and Mosrite-branded hardshell case. A continuation of the Ventures Model legacy, this guitar follows the stylings of the 1960s USA Mosrites, 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 the classic Mosrite design are present on this model, with a deep German Carve on the body, Moseley-branded vibrato tailpiece, and a pair of overwound single coil pickups. Rich and roaring, these pickups can naturally deliver a bold surfy treble-centric sizzle, with smooth midrange and ample low end too. Metering at 13.5k ohms with oversized pole pieces, these pickups are among the most hotly wound and aggressive Mosrite single coils. The guitar weighs 8lbs 3oz, 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 very slender, fast-feeling C carve with a bit of roundness in the shoulders and just a hair more depth as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .760" deep at the 1st fret and .825" at the 12th. On the 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 1/2" wide at the zero fret just forward of the aluminum nut. The headstock features original paddle button chrome-plated tuning machines that turn smoothly.
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 is positively gleaming with the same design as its USA-made predecessor and 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 body features deep German Carve on top, and the Candy Apple Red gloss finish shows some dings across the back, with concentrated wear on the back bass side lower bout edge. There is some pick scuffing across the guard, and few additional nicks on the body perimeter, while wear on the top is quite restrained. The maple neck has a smooth ambered gloss with just a few shallow maks on the profile length.
A Mosrite-branded black tolex hardshell case is included.