Up for sale, a 2010's Mosrite Surfrider '65 Ventures Model electric guitar in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Crafted at the KuroKumo factory in Japan, just down the road from the famed FujiGen factory, this rare reissue model was made for a limited period, only available to the domestic Japanese market. KuroKumo-made Mosrites are sought after for their masterful build quality and attention to detail, and this Surfrider '65 is essentially a rebranding of the Super Custom 65 model.
The Surfrider replicates all the essential features of the Ventures Model instruments, with smooth knobs, a sandcast Vibraroller tailpiece (identical in construction to the Vibramute), and prominent German Carve on the basswood body. The stock pair of L-2000 single coil pickups are snappy and sparkling, not as overwound as some, yet still providing a bold, distinct sound in every pickup position. Chewy and snappy at the bridge and warmer at the neck, these pickups offer an authoritative treble zing that's quintessential Mosrite. Weighing 8lbs 10oz, this Mosrite has been setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender, fast-feeling C profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .850” at the 12th. The rosewood board is a nice dark cut, retaining the original slender vintage-style frets which have fret edge binding and their full factory height with just a hair more crown than vintage Mosrite fretwire. The frets are extremely clean, showing just a hint of wear on the crowns of frets 1-3 beneath the plain strings. A faithful reissue in every respect, this Mosrite boasts a 24 3/4" scale length and 1 9/16" wide zero fret just forward of the aluminum nut. The headstock features Kluson-style tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well with liberal vibrato use.
The body features original single coil pickups, and while these pickups are less aggressive in terms of output than vintage Mosrite pickups, they have a nice snappy single coil chime. The '65 look is rounded out with a pale mint green pickguard, screw-on switch tip, and chrome-plated metal Mosrite knobs machined with smooth tops (the design that predated the more common "M" knobs). The “Vibraroller” 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 gloss Black finish is exceedingly well-kept, with cosmetic wear limited to a few light finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss and minor marks on the back and body parameter. The neck profile is flawless.
The original faux alligator hardshell case is included.