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2000s Mosrite Custom '65 Ventures Model Bass Pearl White, Kurokumo Japan


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Up for sale, a 2000s Mosrite Bass Custom ‘65 vintage reissue in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This extremely rare instrument was produced by Kurokumo, an official Mosrite licensee in Japan for a number of decades.

A short scale affair with a 30 1/2" scale length, this Mosrite is strung with 45-105 groundwound strings, and the basswood body (just like the original '60 Ventures Models) offers a smooth, even-sounding tonal platform for the pair of single coil pickups. Delivering growl and round punch, the pickups meter at 6.1k ohms, yielding a distinctive response and versatile range of sounds via the three-way pickup selector. This Mosrite weighs 9lbs 1oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with easy-playing action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .940” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard features fret-edge binding on the flawless medium jumbo fretwire, and this bass plays cleanly up the scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The fretboard width is just a hair wider than 1 9/16" at the zero fret, just forward of the aluminum nut, and the headstock retains the nickel-plated clover button Gotoh Res-o-lite tuning machines. The headstock volute retains a small Kurokumo logo.

The electronics function as intended; the pickups are governed by Master Volume and Tone controls, topped with smooth machined knobs. The controls are mounted to a three-ply black pickguard, and hardware includes a four-saddle bridge and combination aluminum/rosewood string anchor.

The body sports the distinctive German carve intrinsically linked to the Mosrite aesthetic; the carve is more subtle on the bass of the body, making for a more comfortable arm rest, and grows prominent on the treble side. The Pearl White finish is exceedingly clean overall, with just a few tiny marks on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the lower bout perimeter. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

A gigbag is included.