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2000s Mosrite Ventures Model Mk I 1964 Vintage Reissue California Blue Fillmore Japan w/ Case

$2,699.99

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Up for sale, a 2000's Mosrite Ventures Model ‘64 vintage reissue electric guitar in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order with a custom color California Blue gloss finish and original hardshell case. This rare reissue replicates all the essential features of early Ventures Model instruments, with smooth knobs and pickup covers, a sandcast Vibramute tailpiece, and prominent first generation German Carve on the basswood body. The stock pair of single coil pickups have ample power and midrange content, wound properly to vintage-spec and both reading just under 12k ohms, providing an authoritative sound that's quintessential Mosrite. Weighing 8lbs 8oz, this Mosrite has been setup here at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, comfortable action, and spot-on intonation.

Few guitars have a more storied history than the Mosrite brand, especially in the modern era, and this particular model is a rarely seen reissue crafted by Fillmore in Japan. Perhaps best known for being imported to the USA by Ed Roman and purportedly sold as "USA-made" (sometimes right down to the headstock decal and case silkscreen), this Mosrite is one of Fillmore's later models with the "Mosrite of Classics" headstock nomenclature without the "Ventures Model" text. Boasting incredible fit and finish work, this Fillmore-made Mosrite is an extremely finely crafted instrument worthy of Semie Moseley's legacy.

The maple neck has a very slender and fast-feeling quintessential Mosrite D-shaped profile carve with round shoulders, measuring .780” deep at the 1st fret and .835” at the 12th. On the bound dark rosewood fretboard, the original slender vintage-style frets have fret edge binding and their full factory height, showing virtually no wear and playing effortlessly in every register. A faithful reissue in every respect, this Mosrite boasts a 24 3/4" scale length and a 1 1/2" wide aluminum nut accompanied by a zero fret. The headstock features Kluson-style locking tuners that have the classic '60s look and hold pitch well with unbridled vibrato use. The serial number is stamped on the last fret into the rosewood, just like vintage examples.

On the body, the electronics work as they should, with the original pickup pair, each measuring just under 12k ohms with smooth (non-embossed) covers. The pickups are governed by Master Volume and Tone controls with smooth chrome plated knobs (predating the more common "M" knobs), along with a three-way pickup selector switch with a milled aluminum switch tip, following vintage spec down to the smallest details. 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. The vibrato arm even has the subtle "elbow" seen on early Ventures Models, a testament to all the tiny details faithfully captured by Fillmore on this model. Above the four-bolt neck plate, the "Crafted by Fillmore" text is present.

The instrument features a very rare custom color California Blue gloss finish that highlights the pitch perfect contours of the German Carve top. While there are numerous takes on Mosrite's prominent top carve, this particular example absolutely nails the elegant curves and proper depth of Mosrite's German Carve. The neck profile is flawless, and the chrome hardware is positively gleaming. Cosmetic wear includes light buckle rash central to the back, light pick scuffing across the guard, and a few small dings, mostly on the body parameter.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included.