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The Ventures Guitars

1988 Mosrite The Ventures

Color: Sunburst Three-tone, Rating: 9.50, Sold (ID# 01369)
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Triple-Bound, Set Neck, Side-Jack "The Ventures" signed and dated by Semie Moseley.

 

1988 Mosrite The Ventures (Set-Neck; Side Jack) 1963 re-issue.

 

This 1963 re-issue 'triple-bound', set-neck, side-jack "The Ventures Model" is signed and dated by Semie Moseley on the back of the headstock. The guitar weighs just 8.30 lbs. and has a nut width of just under 1 9/16 inches and a scale length of 24.75 inches. Solid alder three-tone sunburst body, scalloped on top and with triple binding (white/black/white) on top edge. Two-piece medium-to-thick profile rock-maple neck with a bound rosewood fretboard. Metal nut, zero fret and 22 original 'medium' frets with small white dot position markers. Specially shaped "Ventures Model" headstock with "Mosrite of California", "The Ventures Model" and the Mosrite "M" logo decal in white. Individual 'Kluson Deluxe' tuners with oval metal buttons. The serial number "87034" is blind stamped into the fretboard beyond the twenty-second fret. Two Mosrite single coil pickups with black plastic covers and outputs of 11.05k and 11.06k. Five-layer white over black plastic pickguard with four screws. Two controls (one volume, one tone) plus three-way selector switch, all on pickguard. Mosrite metal 'hat type' knobs. Jack socket on treble-side of body. Mosrite bridge with six individually adjustable saddles and chrome-plated die-cast "Mosrite Vibramute" tailpiece. The back of the headstock is signed by Semie Moseley in pencil "Made by Semie Moseley 1988". This guitar comes from Semi Moseley's own collection and is in mint (9.50) condition. We believe that only 30 of these guitars were built. Housed in it's original three-latch black hardshell case with black leather ends and black plush lining (9.25).

This absolutely mint, twenty-four year old first re-issue of the original 1963 Ventures model is the closest one can get to the original Ventures concept. At the time of writing there is an all original 1963 Ventures model on the market at $26,900
With over 110 million copies sold worldwide of well over 100 studio, live, compilation and box set album releases, The Ventures, founded in 1958 as The Versatones by Don Wilson and Bob Bogle, remain unsurpassed for their impact on music and musicians.

“The Ventures – the quintessential guitar combo of the pre-Beatles era -influenced not only styles, but also a generation’s choice of instruments” (Guitar Player, Jan. 1987).

Over thirty star guitarists have named The Ventures as an early influence. The list includes George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Rory Gallagher, Joe Walsh, Stephen Stills, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Peter Frampton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Fogarty, Mark Knopfler, Roy Buchanan, Ted Nugent, Gene Simmons, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Steve Howe, and even Elton John; they’ve all testified to the importance of Walk Don’t Run, amongst other Ventures hits, to their early musical education.

Walk Don’t Run, a rearrangement of Chet Atkins’ version of jazz guitar great Johnny Smith’s composition, was their first hit. They rerecorded it again in 1964, and it became a hit once more. The group remains the only act to win Top Ten spots for two different versions of the same song. After a few personnel changes in the very early 1960s, the classic lineup of Don Wilson on rhythm guitar, Nokie Edwards on lead guitar, Bob Bogle on bass, and Mel Taylor on drums was established. The guitarists would often switch roles.

Over the last forty-eight years, through various musical trends and changes in taste, the band has played non-stop and thirty-eight of the Ventures albums made it onto Billboard's Top 200.

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