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1980s Mosrite Ventures Model VMG-700 Vintage Electric Guitar Black w/ Moseley Vibrato, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1980's Mosrite Ventures Model VMG-700, honestly played and in perfect working order. A proverbial "missing link" in Mosrite production, this early Kurokumo iteration of the Ventures Model platform retains the Moseley vibrato style and skirted chrome knobs of the earlier Firstman models like the Avenger, yet is truer to vintage spec with correct Kluson-style tuners, kidney bean-shaped neck plate, graceful edges on the German Carve, and Ventures Model text on the headstock face.

The pair of overwound single coil pickups are rich and cutting, and these pickups naturally deliver a bold surfy treble-centric sizzle, with smooth midrange and ample low end too. The guitar weighs 8lbs 13oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a slender, fast-feeling D-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and an effortless feel, measuring .770" at the 1st fret and .860" at the 12th. The dark rosewood fretboard features fret edge binding on the original slender fretwire, and the frets show decent grooves beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-5, with wear growing progressively lighter until fret 11. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The fretboard measures 1 9/16" in width at the zero fret just forward of the aluminum nut, and the headstock features Kluson-style tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch reliably.

The simple and straightforward electronics work as intended, with a three-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone knobs. The pickups meter at 7k ohms in both neck and bridge positions. 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. Deliberate yet smooth, the response of this particular vibrato is more akin to a Strat in terms of actuation and ideal for the player that finds a typical Mosrite spring overly sensitive or spongy. The vibrato base shows uniform patina, fitted with a modern chrome-plated arm. M-embossed knobs and a milled switch tip round out the hardware.

The gloss Black finish exhibits various touched-up finish chips on the body perimeter, particularly on the edge of the bass-side body horn and treble-side lower bout edge just beyond the input jack. There is buckle rash across the back, and various dings and finish scuffs on the body as a whole, largely relegated (but not limited to) the back. The gloss finish on the neck profile is practically perfect save for one tiny nick on the bass-side shoulder behind fret 2.

A Mosrite-branded gigbag is included.