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1990s Mosrite Ventures Model '63 Vintage Reissue Sidejack Red Sparkle w/ Vibramute & Case, Kurokumo


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Up for sale, a 1990's Mosrite Ventures Model '63 vintage reissue model in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. One of the rarest Kurokumo-made Mosrites ever produced, this top-tier model replicates the Ventures Model's earliest features with set neck construction, input jack located on the side of the body, and multi-ply binding framing the German Carve top. Visually unique, the guitar boasts a pinkish Red Sparkle gloss finish, red sparkle smooth pickup covers, and red accents on the Vibramute vibrato tailpiece. The single coil pickups have ample power and midrange content, wound properly to vintage-spec and metering at 13k ohms, providing an authoritative sound that's quintessential Mosrite. Weighing 8lbs 8oz, 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 a quintessential medium C-shaped profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders, measuring .835” deep at the 1st fret and .870” at the 12th. On the rosewood fretboard, the original slender frets have fret edge binding, showing just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-3. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod, accessed from the heel. The fretboard measures 41mm in width (just shy of 1 5/8") at the zero fret, just forward of the aluminum nut. The Red Sparkle-finished headstock features the Mosrite of California text, large '63 spec Ventures Model logo, and Kluson-style single line tuning machines with tiny "Mosrite" text central to the gear housings. These tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch reliably. 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 Japanese-made 500k pots. The 1963 look is rounded out with a single-ply pickguard, smooth (non-embossed) pickup covers, and chrome-plated metal Mosrite knobs machined with smooth tops (the design that predated the "M" knobs). The pickup covers, pickguard and jack plate aren’t molded in a matching plastic, but are instead finished with the same gloss as the body and neck. 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. The vibrato spring is taut and tall, and the arm sits at an ideal height off the body.

The elegant Sidejack body shape has prominent German Carve on the multi-ply bound top. Cosmetic wear on the Red Sparkle gloss is limited to just a few tiny nicks and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole, essentially relegated to the back. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

The original black tolex hardshell case with Mosrite silkscreen on the lid is included.