Up for sale, a 2004 Mosrite "Eurorite" model in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. A non-production model purportedly made for a trade show, excruciatingly little is known about the genesis of the Eurorite model, and only a couple examples have been documented.
Manufactured by Fillmore in Japan under their Mosrite license, the angled triple pickup design of the Eurorite evokes the Mosrite VIII model offered by Semie Moseley in the 1980s (also in extremely small quantities). Governed by a five-way blade pickup selector, the trio of pickups include a bridge pickup wound to a whopping 16k ohms, and neck/middle pickups wound to a more conservative, yet still plenty powerful, 8k ohms. Each setting on the pickup selector is distinct, with plenty of ripping midrange and slightly nasally twang from the bridge pickup, and smoother, more bell-like spank in the middle and neck positions.
Beyond its unique electronics, this Mosrite is a stunningly-accurate iteration of the Ventures model platform, featuring deep German Carve on the body, a slender, fast-feeling neck carve, smooth knobs and pickup covers, and a sandcast Vibramute tailpiece. Weighing 8lbs 1oz, this Mosrite has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders, measuring .800” deep at the 1st fret and .850” at the 12th. On the bound rosewood fretboard, the original slender frets are intact with fret edge binding and their full factory height, showing light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-9. Faithfull to vintage 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 rarely seen "Built in Soul" Mosrite motto, and the text is inlaid as opposed to a more common decal. The Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly. The serial number is stamped on the last fret into the rosewood with an "ER" prefix for the Eurorite model.
On the body, all of the stock electronics work as they should, with USA-made CTS 500k pots that date to 2004. Hardware includes the pair of smooth chrome-plated knobs and the sandcast Vibramute tailpiece, which has an extremely smooth, fluid response. Plastics comprise a white pearloid pickguard and trio of smooth (non-embossed) pickup covers.
The dark Candy Apple Red gloss finish highlights the notably deep German Carve on top, with a particularly prominently carved treble-side body horn. Cosmetic wear includes some small dings across the body and on the back edge of the headstock volute, with vertical finish checking across the body as well. The gloss finish on the neck profile is nigh flawless.
The original hardshell case with brown faux alligator tolex, brown leather ends, and form-fit interior is included.