Up for sale, a 1987 Mosrite Ventures Model '65 vintage reissue model in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Among the very last USA-made Mosrites produced by Semie Moseley in his Jonas Ridge, North Carolina factory, this Ventures model is stunningly well-kept with a rarely seen Pearl White gloss finish. This particular example was originally shipped to Japan, where the Ventures and the Mosrite brand have enjoyed enduring popularity, recently imported back to the USA.
This rare genuine USA-made Mosrite retains all the essential features of the '65 Ventures Model with smooth knobs, embossed pickup covers, and a sandcast Vibramute tailpiece. The original pair of single coil pickups have ample power and midrange content, wound properly to vintage-spec and metering just under 12k ohms, providing an authoritative sound that's quintessential Mosrite. Weighing 8lbs 10oz, this Mosrite has been professionally setup here at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has an extremely slender and fast-feeling C profile carve, measuring .810” deep at the 1st fret and .865” at the 12th. On the bound dark rosewood fretboard, the original slender frets are practically perfect with fret edge binding. Faithfull to 1965 specifications in every respect, this Mosrite boasts a 24 3/4" scale length and 1 1/2" fretboard width at the zero fret just forward of the aluminum nut. The headstock features original Grover Deluxe USA-made Kluson-style tuners. The serial number is stamped on the last fret into the rosewood and in the 1500 range, consistent with the 1987 Jonas Ridge serial sequences.
On the body, all of the stock electronics work as they should, with untouched solder joints and the Dimarzio-made 500k pots Semie Moseley began using in the late '80s. The '65 look is rounded out with a thick glossy red tortoise three-ply pickguard, embossed pickup covers, and chrome-plated metal Mosrite knobs machined with smooth tops (the design that predated the more common "M" knobs). The “Vibramute” vibrato is extremely smooth and elegant, touch-sensitive in its responsiveness and made to exacting vintage spec with a sandcast base and chrome plated string anchor and arm.
The gloss Pearl White finish highlights the prominent German Carve, and the finish is virtually unaged and surprisingly bright, exhibiting sparingly little aging of the clear coat. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few shallow nicks on top and on the lower bout body edge, while the lightly ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.
A vintage Japanese Mosrite black tolex case with red form fit interior is included.