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1970s Mosrite Ventures Model VMG-700 Vintage Electric Guitar White Japan


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Up for sale, a 1970's Mosrite Ventures Model VMG-700 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. The proverbial "missing link" between the more common Avenger model and later KuroKumo Japanese Mosrites, this guitar follows the stylings of the Ventures Model Mosrite of the 1960s, produced in Japan as a result of an agreement between Semie Moseley and the Firstman company.

All the hallmarks of the classic Mosrite design are present on this model, with a deep German Carve on the basswood body, Moseley-branded vibrato tailpiece, and a pair of overwound single coil pickups. Rich and roaring, these pickups can naturally deliver a bold surfy treble-centric sizzle, with smooth midrange and ample low end too. The guitar weighs 9lbs and has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 11-48 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a D-shaped profile carve with lots of shoulder. As such, this Mosrite provides more substantive handful for players turned off by the typically thinner Mosrite necks, and the profile depth measures .865" at the 1st fret and .910" at the 12th. On the bound rosewood fretboard, the original slender fretwire has significantly more meat and height than typical Mosrite wire, showing limited wear and playing cleanly in every register. The guitar plays well up the 24 3/4" scale, and the fretboard is 1 5/8" wide at the zero fret just forward of the bone nut. The headstock features the original Schaller-style "star" tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

The simple and straightforward electronics work as intended, with a three-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone knobs. The pickups have the larger diameter screw poles of the earlier Firstman Mosrites, and the pickups are wound as hot as any '60s Mosrite, metering at 15k ohms. The black plastic pickup covers are embossed with the Mosrite name, and the Moseley tailpiece has the same design as its USA-made predecessor, with a smaller diameter spring than a Bigsby and a quicker actuation for subtle warbles. The vibrato works in concert with the bridge which has non-roller saddles and is more akin to a Tune-o-Matic in function, providing excellent stability. The knobs are also the "smooth" style more akin to a pre-1966 Mosrite.

The gloss White finish has yellowed gracefully on the top of the instrument, with a back that’s even more saturated, bordering on Fender’s custom color “Graffiti Yellow.” Extremely well-kept and lightly played, cosmetic wear is on this Mosrite is limited to a few small nicks and scuffs on the lower bout body edge, light patina on the chrome hardware, and some requisite pick scuffing on the treble side of the guard. The neck profile finish is clean and glossy.