Up for sale, a 2007 Mosrite Ventures Model Mark I 1964 vintage reissue model in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. An absolutely stunningly-accurate iteration of the Ventures model platform with every tiny detail accounted for and perfectly executed, this rare Mosrite retains all the essential features of the '64 Ventures Model with smooth knobs and pickup covers, neck bolts beneath the chrome-plated kidney neck plate, a dark multi-ply tortoise pickguard, "Ventures" logo on the headstock, and a sandcast Vibramute tailpiece.
The stock pair of single coil pickups have ample power and midrange content, wound properly to vintage-spec and metering at just under 12k ohms. These single coils are meaty and rich, with tons of twang and a broad bass register not often afforded a single coil, providing an authoritative sound that's quintessential Mosrite. Weighing 8lbs 3oz, this Mosrite has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with fresh 11-49 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 guitar is a very rare, upper-tiered model crafted by Fillmore in Japan that sold for a whopping 648,000 yen (well over $5000 USD at the time of production). 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 Mosrite reissues 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.
The maple neck has a very slender D-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and an effortless feel, measuring .780” deep at the 1st fret and .830” at the 12th. On the bound rosewood fretboard, the original slender frets are flawless. Faithfull to 1964 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 Ventures Model text, and the Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly. 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 USA-made CTS 500k pots that date to 2007. The '64 look is rounded out with smooth (non-embossed) pickup covers and chrome-plated metal Mosrite knobs machined with smooth tops (the design that predated the "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 with the correct "elbow."
The gloss Pearl White gloss shows some graceful yellowing on top, with just a few microscopic nicks on the body as a whole. There is very faint horizontal finish checking on the body, and more localized prominent checking behind the vibrato on top and central to the back. The neck profile has a smooth satin finish.
The original hardshell case with brown faux alligator tolex, brown leather ends, and gold "Mosrite of California" silkscreen is included.