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1970s Mosrite Ventures Model VMG-700 Vintage Guitar Black w/ Kurokumo Neck


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Up for sale, a 1970's Mosrite Ventures Model VMG-700 loaded body, paired with a more recent Kurokumo-made Mosrite neck. The proverbial "missing link" between the more common Avenger model and later KuroKumo Japanese Mosrites, this VMG-700 body 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. The neck was crafted by Kurokumo in the 1990s when they held the rights to manufacture Mosrite, very faithful to vintage spec in its profile carve and headstock aesthetics.

All the hallmarks of the classic Mosrite design are present on this model, with 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 8lbs 8oz 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 slender, fast-feeling D-shaped profile carve with just enough shoulder and a fairly flat feel central to the shape, measuring .805" deep at the 1st fret and .870" at the 12th. On the bound rosewood fretboard, the original slender fretwire is flawless with vintage-spec binding nibs. The guitar plays well up the 24 3/4" scale, and the fretboard is 1 9/16" wide at the zero fret just forward of the aluminum nut. The headstock features the original Kluson-style tuning machines, and the Kurokumo text is present on the volute.

The simple and straightforward electronics work as intended, with a three-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone knobs. The pickups are wound as hot as any '60s Mosrite, metering at 16.6k 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 roller bridge, providing excellent stability and effortless performance. The knobs are also the "smooth" style more akin to a pre-1966 Mosrite. The gloss black finish exhibits various finish chips and dings on the body parameter, extending to the back of the body to a lesser extent. The neck profile finish is flawless.