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Mosrite The Ventures Bass 1965

Regular price $2,100.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $2,100.00 USD
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Being offered is a 1965 Mosrite The Ventures Bass in very good condition. The serial number on the fretboard is 6188 and this single pickup version was made from 1963-1965.

The guitar features a double cutaway design with a classic raised "German Carve" body contour and famous M-notch headstock. The neck is maple with a rosewood fingerboard. The scale is 30.5" and there are 20 "speed frets" with an action of 2mm on the 12th fret.

This guitar is equipped with one single coil pickup and top hat knobs with a 3-way selector switch. This guitar has been set up by our in-house luthier and is ready for stage/recording! DOES NOT INCLUDE A CASE

Basswood body
Maple neck
Metal nut and zero fret
Rosewood fretboard
30.25” scale length
Single volume and tone controls
3-way selector
Wood trimmed tailpiece

Continental USA Shipping Only. No International Sales.

This guitar is presented by Classic City Vintage Guitars of Athens, GA. Buyer pays UPS shipping (and applicable taxes) which is added to the sales price at checkout. Shipping is $160 including insurance.

The Mosrite name is a combination of the founding brothers last name, Moseley, and their friend/investor’s last name, Boatright. - “Mosrite”

Semie Moseley, the guitar building brother is the star of this show. His credentials include a stint at Rickenbacker learning under luthier Roger Rossmeisl (Rickenbacker and Fender) and apprenticing with Paul Bigsby.

Mosrite of California was created in 1956 but commercial success didn’t come until 1963. Unintentionally, they were a custom builder into the early 60s.

In 1963 fortunes changed by an endorsement from Joe Maphis followed by an exclusive deal and line of guitars with the band, The Ventures. It went as far to include “The Ventures” script on the headstock of a series of guitars known as “Ventures” models.

The romance ended in 1968 after the licensing agreement ended with The Ventures. That was on the heels of a bum deal with an amplifier manufacturer licensing the Mosrite name and a failed marketing/distribution deal with Thomas Organ Company.

Mosrite filed for bankruptcy in 1969. Though there were many resuscitation attempts and more guitars were made by Semie, the company never fully recovered. Mosrite guitars from the 1960s are legendary and the list of famous Mosrite players are household names.