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1998 Mosrite Ventures Model Mk I 1964 Vintage Reissue Black w/ Case, Fillmore Japan


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Up for sale, a 1998 Mosrite Ventures Model ‘64 vintage reissue electric guitar in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This rare reissue replicates all the essential features of early Morite Ventures Model instruments, with smooth knobs, a sandcast Vibramute tailpiece, and prominent first generation German Carve on the basswood body. The stock pair of single coil pickups have ample power and midrange content, wound properly to vintage-spec and both read 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 11-48 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 model is a rarely seen reissue crafted by Fillmore in Japan. Perhaps best known for being imported to the USA by Ed Roman and purportedly sold as "USA-made" (in this instance right down to the badge on the case pocket), this Mosrite is one of Fillmore's earlier models retaining the "Mosrite of California" headstock nomenclature and small "Ventures Model" logo. Boasting incredible fit and finish work, this Fillmore-made Mosrite is an extremely finely crafted instrument worthy of Semie Moseley's legacy.

The maple neck has an extremely slender and fast-feeling C profile carve, measuring .755” deep at the 1st fret and .810” at the 12th. On the bound dark rosewood fretboard, the original slender "fretless wonder" vintage-style fretwire has fret edge binding, showing only faint wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5 and playing effortlessly in every register. A faithful reissue 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 Kluson-style single line tuners with microscopic "USA Mosrite" text on the gear housings. The serial number is stamped on the last fret into the rosewood, just like vintage examples.

On the body, all of the stock electronics work as they should, with the original single coil pickups metering at 11.8k ohms in both positions. The '64 look is rounded out with a pale mint green 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 vibrato arm even has the subtle "elbow" seen on early Ventures Models, a testament to all the tiny details faithfully captured by Fillmore on this model.

The gloss Black finish highlights the prominent first generation Mosrite German Carve, more rounded than the post-1964 carve, easily identifiable by the deeper edge on the treble side body horn. Cosmetic wear is limited to some extremely faint finish scratches and a few tiny nicks on the gloss Black body finish. This is an incredibly well-preserved and rare Mosrite Ventures Model '64 reissue.

The original dark brown mottled tolex hardshell case with brown leather ends is included and equally as clean as the guitar.