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2000s Mosrite USA Mark I 1964 Custom Ventures Model Bass Sunburst w/ Case & Tags, Fillmore Japan


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Up for sale, a 2000s Mosrite USA Mark I 1964 Custom Ventures Model bass in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtags. With an extremely rare factory three knob configuration, this Ventures Model bass was produced by Mosrite's official licensee, Fillmore, produced in much smaller quantities than their highly sought after Ventures Model guitars.

Few instruments have a more storied history than the Mosrite brand, especially in the modern era, and this particular bass is a very rare, upper-tiered model crafted by Fillmore in Japan. 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 Mosrites 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.

A short scale affair with a 30 1/2" scale length, this Mosrite is strung with 45-100 D'addario Chromes flatwound 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 an impressive 14.45k ohms, offering a bold tonal response. And with dedicated Volume knobs for each pickup, this bass has a distinct ability to blend the sounds of each pickup in unique ways not possible with most Mosrite basses. This Mosrite weighs 9lbs, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with easy-playing action and accurate intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Neck Shape: Slender C, round shoulders, measuring .810" 1st fret, .895" 12th fret
-Fretboard: Bound rosewood, dot inlay
-Frets: Slender, no wear
-Scale Length: 30 1/2"
-Nut: 1.650", aluminum + zero fret
-Tuners: Clover button, nickel-plated
-Serialization: AKK-prefix, stamped on last fret

Body Specs:

-Wood: Basswood
-Pickups: Mosrite single coil x2, 14.45k ohms
-Harness: Untouched solder, DiMarzio pots
-Controls: Volume x2, Tone
-Hardware: Four-saddle bridge, aluminum/rosewood tailpiece, smooth knobs, bridge cover (one extra mounting hole)
-Plastics: One-ply pickguard

The body sports a distinctive German carve, and this bass is extremely well-kept, with cosmetic wear on the gloss Sunburst finish limited to a few small dings on the lower bout (front and back) and body perimeter. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

The original Mosrite-branded brown tolex hardshell case is included, along with the factory paperwork.