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Mosrite Ventures Model Super Custom '65 Pearl White w/ Curtis Novak Pickups & Vibramute, Japan Kurokumo


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Up for sale, a 2000s Mosrite Ventures Model Super Custom 65 vintage reissue in perfect working order, upgraded with Curtis Novak-made Mosrite pickups. Crafted at the KuroKumo factory in Japan, this rare model was made for a limited period, with the majority of examples only available to the domestic Japanese market. KuroKumo-made Mosrites are sought after for their masterful build quality and attention to detail, and this Super Custom 65 replicates all the essential features of the early Ventures Model instruments, with smooth knobs, a sandcast Vibramute tailpiece, and prominent German Carve on the basswood body.

The upgraded Curtis Novak pickups are true to vintage Mosrite spec in both wind and materials, with a thick, midrange forward sound. Hotly wound, these single coils are chewy and aggressive in the bridge position and fatter at the neck, offering an authoritative treble zing and sparkling cut that is quintessential Mosrite. Weighing 8lbs 4oz, this Mosrite has been setup here at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar with light gauge strings, comfortable action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has Mosrite's signature slender C-shaped profile with a touch of flame figuring in the wood on the bass side, and this one's even more slim and fast-feeling than most, measuring .775” deep at the 1st fret and .835” at the 12th. The rosewood board is an extremely dark cut, retaining the original slender vintage-style frets which have been leveled and crowned and show no wear, playing cleanly in every register up the 24 3/4" scale. The neck measures 1 9/16" wide at the zero fret just forward of the aluminum nut. The headstock features Kluson-style tuners that have the classic '60s look with tiny "Mosrite" text on the gear housings. These tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

The Curtis Novak Mosrite pickups are wired to the stock harness, faithful in every detail, right down to the Novak-embossed molded covers. The '65 look is rounded out with a three-ply tortoise 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 “Vibramute” vibrato is made to exacting vintage spec with a sandcast base and chrome plated string anchor and arm.

The Pearl White finish shows modest yellowing of the clear coat, and cosmetic wear includes various dings across the top and on the lower bout body perimeter. There is one line of finish checking north of the Vibramute, with more concentrated checking at the neck joint (purely cosmetic). The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

A gigbag is included.