Up for sale, a 2000s Mosrite Ventures Model Mark I 1964 vintage reissue model in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and paperwork. An absolutely stunningly-accurate iteration of the Ventures model platform with every tiny detail accounted for and perfectly executed, this rare Mosrite retains all the essential features of the '64 Ventures Model with smooth knobs and pickup covers, a dark multi-ply tortoise pickguard, "Ventures" logo on the headstock, and a sandcast Vibramute tailpiece.
The stock pair of single coil pickups have ample power and midrange content, wound properly to vintage-spec and metering at just under 12k ohms. These single coils are meaty and rich, with tons of twang and a broad bass register not often afforded a single coil, providing an authoritative sound that's quintessential Mosrite. Weighing 8lbs 7oz, this Mosrite has been setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with fresh 11-49 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
Few guitars have a more storied history than the Mosrite brand, especially in the modern era, and this particular guitar is a very rare, upper-tiered model crafted by Fillmore in Japan that sold for a whopping 648,000 yen (well over $5000 USD at the time of production). Perhaps best known for being imported to the USA by Ed Roman and also for their partnership with Dana Moseley, Mosrite founder Semie Moseley's daughter, Fillmore purported that these instruments were "USA-made" (whether this referred to components and/or assembly is a real gray area), yet this instrument's origin is definitively with the Fillmore factory in Japan. Most importantly, this Mosrite is an extremely finely crafted instrument, worthy of Semie Moseley's legacy, and Fillmore's Mosrite reissues are among the closest ever offered to early '60s spec in their tonal response and features, with tight tolerances and exquisite fit and finish work.
The maple neck has a very slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder and an effortless feel, measuring .775” deep at the 1st fret and .790” at the 12th. On the bound rosewood fretboard, the original slender frets are flawless. Faithfull to 1964 specifications, 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 the Ventures Model text, and tiny details like the rounded top headstock edges really make this Mosrite look "right" in every respect. The Kluson-style tuning machines have "USA Mosrite" on each gear housing, and the serial number is stamped on the last fret into the rosewood.
On the body, all of the stock electronics work as they should, with untouched solder joints and the Dimarzio-made 500k pots. The '64 look is rounded out with smooth (non-embossed) pickup covers, and chrome-plated metal Mosrite knobs machined with smooth tops (the design that predated the "M" knobs). There is some curling and edge separation on the top layer of the three-ply dark red tortoise pickguard, yet the guard is still securely mounted on all edges. 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 with the correct "elbow."
The gloss Pearl White gloss finish is stunningly well-kept, and cosmetic wear is limited to just a few tiny marks on the body as a whole, while the neck profile is flawless.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included.