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1970s Mosrite Ventures Model Vintage Guitar Trans Red, Ash Body w/ Maple Board, Firstman Japan


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Up for sale, a 1970's Firstman Mosrite Ventures Model in perfect working order. Utterly unique, this Mosrite is an absolute beast, with the very rare tonewood pairing of a solid ash body, maple neck, and maple cap fretboard. Delivering plenty of natural authority, treble cut, and midrange presence, these sonic qualities are translated faithfully via a pair of very hotly wound Mosrite single coils.

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, the pickups meter at a whopping 14.8k ohms in both positions with oversized pole pieces, offering midrange rich growl and punch in the bridge position and a warm, present neck pickup that has a dry, percussive cut and plenty of guts. The guitar weighs 9lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 11-50 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve, measuring .795" deep at the 1st fret and .895" at the 12th. The gloss-finished maple fretboard features small dot inlay, professionally refretted with super jumbo fretwire that has tons of meat and crown, showing zero wear and playing cleanly in every register up the the 24 3/4" scale. The fretboard width is 1.640" at the zero fret (just a hair wider than 1 5/8"), just forward of the nut. The headstock face features both the Mosrite and Ventures Model logos, with original chrome "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 featuring a taller, smaller diameter spring than a Bigsby and a quicker actuation for subtle warbles. The nickel-plated bridge is unique in that the saddles aren't the usual roller style, and the fewer pieces comprising this bridge as a result ensure better sustain and resonance. The large skirted smooth chrome-plated knobs round out the hardware.

The body features deep German Carve on top, and the Trans Red custom color finish highlights the broad grain of the rare ash body wood. Cosmetic wear includes some dings across the lower bout on the back and extending to the bass-side lower bout on top, with a few light finish scratches and a bit of pick wear across the strum path. The neck retains its smooth natural gloss along the profile length.

A gigbag is included.