Mosrite Ventures serial numbers

MOSRITE The Ventures model

1963–1969, 1971–1974

Data base — a collection of serial numbers and years

Here is a collection of serial numbers of Mosrite’s The Ventures model (Mark I), similar to my Mosrite Ventures II/Mark V data base.

Content:
– The Ventures model – first run 1963-69
– The Ventures model – VI – the early 70s 1970-74
– The Ventures model – VII – the early 70s 1970-74
– The Ventures model – 12 string
– The Ventures model – bass – first run 1963-69
– The Ventures model – bass I – the early 70s 1970-74
– The Ventures model – bass II – the early 70s 1970-74

The Ventures logo has not been used by Mosrite anymore after the distribution deal with the Ventures has ended. Some sources say that’s happened in 1967, some say late 1968.

The last Ventures record promoting Mosrite guitars is Super Psychedelics, released June 3, 1967. The next record, $1,000,000 Weekend, released December 23, 1967, is not promoting Mosrite anymore but Award Amplifiers. So the deal may have ended in middle to late 1967.

Del Halterman tells on page 162 of „Walk-Don’t Run – The Story of the Ventures“: „While Flights of Fantasy climbed to 169 in Billboard, The Ventures‘ five-year contract with Mosrite expired.“ Flights of Fantasy was released on May 25, 1968. Mathematical, a 1963 5-year contract should last until 1968. On „The Horse“ (released: August 24, 1968) the band poses with Mosrite guitars on the cover.

I guess the deal has ended in late 1968, so that may be the date when the Ventures logo disappeared from the headstocks.

Unfortunately, he neck heel and pocket stamps have only been used from July 1965 to July, perhaps October 1966.

The „—“ in the table means that I don’t have the data, not that there is not such data.

Please note: All information here is the autor’s belief. The estimated numbers of made exemplars are a rough guess. All information is without engagement, no responsibility is taken for the correctness of this information.

If you have more information about serial number and model and year or have pictures of your Mosrite that you’d allow me to publish here, please tell me at max@hang10.de.

News:
Jan 06, 2017: 5659 added
Jan 09, 2017: T738 added
Jan 15, 2017: 4978 added
Jan 24, 2017: V0187 added
Jan 26, 2017: V0270 and V0522 added
Feb 02, 2017: V0427 added
Feb 14, 2017: 3464 added
Feb 20, 2017: 0747 and 2V0111 added
Feb 28, 2017: 6868 added
Mar 09, 2017: V5054 added
Mar 15, 2017: 1011 (? – pre Ventures Joe Maphis model) added
Apr 11, 2017: 3100 added
Apr 22, 2017: 5041 added
May 03, 2017: 2B0058 added
May 19, 2017: V5341 added
Jun 23, 2017: 1423 and 5166 added
Jul 11, 2017: 6181 and T548 added
Aug 11, 2017: 6052 added
Oct 29, 2017: B0448 added
Dec 04, 2017: 1184 added
Dec 11, 2017: 4308 added

The Ventures model — guitar

The first run

1963–1969
0001–4999, then V5000–V6079
approx made: 6200

After a few made for Standel it first appeared as „The Joe Maphis model“, soon to become „The Ventures model“.

Mosrite Ventures guitar – types

type body jack neck logo tailpiece pickups truss adj years s/n circa
1 triple bound side set large Mistake plate or Guild or Mosrite Vibramute smooth body 63-64 0000-0200
2 unbound top screwed large Mosrite Vibramute smooth body 64 0200-0700
3 unbound top screwed small Mosrite Vibramute logo body 64-65 0700-2400
4 unbound top screwed small Mosrite Moseley logo body 65-66 2400-3700
5 unbound top screwed small Mosrite Moseley logo headstock 66-68 3700-V5400
6 unbound top screwed no Mosrite Moseley logo headstock 68-69 V5400-V6100

Mosrite Ventures guitar – type 1

s/n color neck-date body-date note
? black allegedly made for Standel, threads by Deke Dickerson and Adam Tober at mosriteforum.com. Semie said in a 1980 interview he's built about 20 guitars for Bob Crooks/Standel (Tom Wheeler, American Guitars: An Illustrated History, 1992, pg. 280). Here's another picture with Semie holding that or one of the prototypes: Soest Guitar celebrating 40 years.
no s/n Sunburst Gene Mole's Mosrite, no Joe Maphis or Ventures logo, aluminium tremolo with mistake plate, mute bridge (without mute), triple bound body, no binding at neck heel, hand molded pickup covers, non-angled headstock and fretboard – picture here: Holy Moly!
? Sunburst Joe Maphis model (pre-Ventures), aluminium tremolo with large bearings and mistake plate, mute bridge, triple bound body, no binding at neck heel
1009 Sunburst Joe Maphis model (pre-Ventures), aluminium tremolo with large bearings and mistake plate, mute bridge missing, triple bound body, no binding at neck heel
1011 (?) Sunburst Joe Maphis model (pre-Ventures), aluminium tremolo with large bearings and mistake plate, mute bridge, triple bound body, no binding at neck heel, dogear pickups, clear Guild knobs. For sale March 2017 here: 1959 Mosrite Joe Maphis for $48,500. My guess for the year would be different 😉 Serial number hard to read, so I'm not sure.
1018 Sunburst Joe Maphis model (pre-Ventures), aluminium tremolo with large bearings and mistake plate, mute bridge, triple bound body, no binding at neck heel, dogear pickups, non original M-knobs. Thanks to Bob R.
? Sunburst Joe Maphis model (pre-Ventures), Guild Vibramute, mute bridge, triple bound body, no binding at neck heel
no s/n (?) Sunburst Joe Maphis model (pre-Ventures), Guild Vibramute, small mistake plate, mute bridge, triple bound body, no binding at neck heel, pickups with surround, 21 frets, pot dates 134 6317. Seems to have no serial number. For sale here in February 2016: Mosrite 1963y Joe Maphis Model "Mint Condtion".
0000 Sunburst Mosrite Vibramute, roller bridge. Pictures and discussion here: facebook Mosrite Guitar Fans – probably no real 1963 Mosrite...
0004 red Mosrite Vibramute, roller bridge
0005 Sunburst Guild Vibramute, mute bridge
0006 Sunburst Guild Vibramute, mute bridge
0007 Sunburst Guild Vibramute, mute bridge, fret string guide
0009 Sunburst Guild Vibramute, mute bridge, some pictures here at mosriteforum:
1963 Sidejack Set
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0014 Sunburst Mosrite Vibramute, roller bridge
0023 Sunburst Mosrite Vibramute, roller bridge, three neck screws (set neck), no Ventures logo, black headstock
0025 Sunburst pots 63-47, 1/4 round string guide, set neck but four neck screws through plate; some pictures here: One for the Freaks - The Mosrite Thread
0026 Sunburst Mosrite Vibramute, roller bridge
0028 Sunburst Mosrite Vibramute, roller bridge, once belonged to Don Wilson who gave it at the Japan tour; ad here: Mosrite 1963 The Ventures Model # 0028, sold for ¥ 2.970.000 (23,803 EUR/26,195 USD in March 2016).
0031 Sunburst Mosrite Vibramute, roller bridge
0047 Sunburst Nokie Edward's? Picture of a picture in a book here at moriteforum: Vintage Mosrite.
0060 Sunburst Mosrite Vibramute, roller bridge
0069 Sunburst Mosrite Vibramute, roller bridge
0075 Sunburst triple body binding, neck heel with binding, side jack, 3 pg screws, Mosrite Vibramute, roller bridge
0104 Sunburst triple body binding, neck heel with binding, side jack, 3 pg screws
0121 (?) Sunburst triple body binding, neck heel with binding, side jack, 3 pg screws, Mosrite Vibramute, roller bridge. Sold May 2011 at heritageauction: Late 1963 or Early 1964 Mosrite Ventures Sunburst Electric Guitar, #N/A. Possibly replaced plate for side jack. Not sure about the serial number, but I think I can read 0121.
0127 Sunburst triple body binding, neck heel with binding, side jack, 3 pg screws, Mosrite Vibramute, roller bridge
0134 Sunburst triple body binding, neck heel with binding, side jack, 3 pg screws
0141 red triple body binding, neck heel with binding, side jack, 3 pg screws
0142 Sunburst triple body binding, neck heel with binding, side jack, 3 pg screws
0148 Sunburst triple body binding, neck heel with binding, side jack, 3 pg screws
0163 Sunburst no body binding, neck heel with binding - sold 2007-11-27 for 3550 USD – ad still online here: Mosrite Ventures Mark1 1963/64. Seems to have been modified in electronic layout (2 tone pots, 2 volume pots, output jack on top).
0171 Sunburst transition model, body binding but screwed neck – Ventures logo remade, triple body binding, neck heel with binding, top jack (converted? not visible on the pictures), 8 pg screws. For sale at reverb.com for €6,998.90EUR (+ €220.09 Shipping) (October 2015).
0172 red triple body binding, neck heel with binding, side jack, 3 pg screws
0175 Sunburst no date pencil written "1963" transition model, body binding but screwed neck – thanks to J.O. for his contribution: "triple binding, sunburst head, back neck, top jack, screwed in neck, one color pick guard, transition model only 3-5 made"
0184 Sunburst triple body binding, neck heel with binding, side jack, set neck, 3 pg screws
0185 Sunburst triple body binding, neck heel with binding, pots date 63-49, side jack, 3 pg screws. Pictures and story here at fretboardjournal.com: Catch of the Day: 1963 Mosrite Ventures Mark 1 – sold at eBay for 7606 USD in March 2014. Video here at youtube: 1963 Mosrite "The Ventures" Guitar - Real Vintage Guitar 1 of only 200 made!.
0203 Sunburst triple body binding, neck heel with binding, side jack, 3 pg screws

Mosrite Ventures guitar – type 2

s/n color neck-date body-date note
0236 met. blue
0245 met. blue (ref.) eBay February 2016, from Italy: VINTAGE MOSRITE GUITAR THE VENTURES MODEL 1964 ORIGINAL, sold for 3173 USD (2800 Euro then).
0258 Sunburst December 2016 ad here: ★vintage Mosrite The Ventures Model 1964年極初期, price: ¥ 980,000 (7986 EUR/8460 USD then).
0263 Candy Apple Red Thanks to B.K. for the info and pictures.
0291 brown (ref.) body and neck only
0315 Sunburst March 2016 ad here: Mosrite 1964 The Ventures Model, price: ¥ 972,000 (7785 EUR/8568 USD then).
0321 originally Sunburst, replacement body met. blue 1964, 1967 body and neck, story here at mosriteforum.com: My one of a kind Mosrite....
033x Sunburst December 2015 ad here: ◆◇Mosrite モズライト ’64年 オールド◇◆, price: 640,000 YEN (4780 EUR/5200 USD then)
0336 Sunburst
0355 Sunburst
0357 Sunburst
037x Sunburst large Ventures logo, yahoo.co.jp January 2016: Mosrite エレキギター THE VENTURESモデル 64年製, price: 548,000 YEN (4270 EUR/4630 USD then)
0396 Sunburst large Ventures logo
0412 Sunburst info by Gary Wertz
0427 Sunburst info by Phil Wheeler
0446 Pearl White white silkscreen on natural headstock
0450 Candy Apple Red white silkscreen on natural headstock, pots 64-31
0491 black
0495 black no date no date, handwritten RL body binding
0503 blue white silkscreen on natural headstock
0519 Sunburst
0515 Sunburst pots 64-31, eBay January 2015: 1964 Mosrite Ventures Model Guitar Large Logo Smooth Pickups Rare, BIN 6999 USD
0548 black 1964, refret, refin, 1968 pus
0559 Sunburst
0582 cherryburst eBay September 2016: Mosrite THE VENTURES Used w/ Hard case, price: 9520 USD from Japan.
0604 Candy Apple Red white silkscreen on natural headstock, thanks for the info to Larry Haley.
06xx Candy Apple Red white silkscreen on natural headstock, ad here: Mosrite 1964 The Ventures Model “Candy Apple Red” [中古品].
0610 Sunburst
0654 Sunburst

Mosrite Ventures guitar – type 3

s/n color neck-date body-date note
0728 Sunburst
0730 Sunburst owner D.E: "Smooth pickup covers with cast resin rings, smooth spun knobs, small Ventures logo, screw on neck plate hiding neck bolts, pots date to 49th week 1963 and 31st week 1964. This guitar is all original purchased by my brother in 1965, with the bridge pickup having been rewound by Ed Elliott, July 08'." Pictures here at the mosriteforum: Survey of Mosrite serial numbers ***Please read***
0747 Sunburst Smooth pickup covers, small Ventures logo, white headstock logoebay/hyperguitars February 2017: Mosrite THE VENTURES MODEL '64, BIN: US $7,021.62. Weight: 3.75Kg
0766 Sunburst Smooth pickup covers, small Ventures logo, for sale in Japan November 2016: Mosrite 1965 The Ventures Model 【浜松の楽器店 SONIX】『送料無料』, price: ¥478,000 (4092 EUR/4421 USD then). eBay November 2016: Mosrite 1965 The Ventures Model Electric Free Shipping, price: USD 6,049. Weight: 4.07kg.
0813 Sunburst
0821 Sunburst no date no date small Ventures logo, pots 64-31
0832 Sunburst
0843 black (ref.), headstock black eBay February 2016: Early vintage mosrite ventures model vibramute electric guitar, starting at 1850 USD, 2500 BIN, sold for 1,931.55 USD.
0888 Sunburst
0892 Candy Apple Red pots 1346503, 3,59kg, hyperguitars November 2016: Mosrite '65 The Ventures Model, price: ¥888,000 (7403 EUR/7842 USD then)
0906 Sunburst restored and signed by Semie Moseley in 1991, neckplate with small screws
0915 Sunburst no date no date found in this 2009 Mosriteforum thread: Neck / body stamps?. Two digits added, so the s/n is 109151.
0936 Sunburst
0944 white
1026 met. blue
1032 met. blue
1066 Candy Apple Red tuner changed to Schaller, pots 65-17, re-fretted and the fingerboard was planed level; Reverb November 2015: 1965 Mosrite Ventures Vibramute Red.
1067 Sunburst no pictures, just mentioned in Arthur's Music Store's reverb.com ad for B017: Mosrite The Ventures II 1965 White in January 2016. Arthur's recieved the guitar from Mosrite July 7th, 1965...
1080 Sunburst no pictures, just mentioned in Arthur's Music Store's reverb.com ad for B017: Mosrite The Ventures II 1965 White in January 2016. Arthur's recieved the guitar from Mosrite July 7th, 1965...
1116 black, front refinished, neck stripped sold June 2012 at heritageauction: 1965 Mosrite Ventures Refinished Solid Body Electric Guitar, Serial #1116. Description: "Body completely re-finished. Pickguard is over-sprayed. Finish shows moderate, even, weather checking. Fingerboard has some finish applied, and the frets are heavily tarnished and worn. Back of neck shows heavy wear and probable intentional sanding. Edge of neck has tight fracture around 1st and 2nd fret area. Both pickups have output but the electronics will need repair as the volume pot has to be snugged to get output. Sold in project-grade "as-is" condition. Original hard case included. Condition: Fair. "
1125 Emerald Gold (ref.) refinished and signed by Semie Moseley in 1991, neckplate with small screws, ad here at Hyper Guitars: Mosrite '65 The Ventures Model, price ¥ 395,000 (2970 EUR/3265 USD in December 2015), some more pictures at their blog: Mosrite '65 The Ventures Model.
1165 white
1167 red
1170 Ink Blue June 2016 ad here: 1965年モズライトMODEL MARK 1 オリジナルVIBRAMUTE TREM, price: 640,000円.
1182 Pearl White (ref.) no date no date 1964 according to owner and Bob Shade (Hallmark), well, some pictures here at mosriteforum.com. Thanks to Ron for showing me his Mosrite Ventures and being a real help in dating the serial numbers 😉
1184 Candy Apple Red (?, ref.), perhaps Pearl White originally facebook December 2017: Mosrite Guitar Fans: 1964 or 65 Mosrite Ventures s/n 1184
1240 black
1258 white no pictures, just mentioned in Arthur's Music Store's reverb.com ad for B017: Mosrite The Ventures II 1965 White in January 2016. Arthur's recieved the guitar from Mosrite July 7th, 1965...
1276 (?) Candy Apple Red not sure about the serial number, for sale November 2016: Mosrite '65 The Ventures Model, price: ¥698,000 (5975 EUR/6451 USD then)
1280 red no pictures, just mentioned in Arthur's Music Store's reverb.com ad for B017: Mosrite The Ventures II 1965 White in January 2016. Arthur's recieved the guitar from Mosrite July 7th, 1965...
1294 Candy Apple Red no date no date pictures here at facebook: Mosrite The Ventures Model 1294
1304 Ink Blue
1316 Candy Apple Red
1322 red
1337 met. blue screws through neckplate
1344 Candy Apple Red with CAR neck no date no date owner: purchased in Dec '64/Jan'65, more info and pictures here at the mosriteforum: Survey of Mosrite serial numbers ***Please read***
1355 black info and pictures here at Lawman Guitars: 1965 Mosrite of California Ventures model guitar with original case, video here: Blues Guitar Licks - 1965 Mosrite of California Ventures Model. Pots 1964 and 1965.
1369 Pearl White
1375 Sunburst on the 2009 Orlando Guitar Show, picture here: Mosrites @ The `09 Orlando Guitar Show, for sale then for 3000 USD.
1387 Sunburst from the Takeshi Terauchi collection, ad here: Mosrite 1965 The Ventures Model #1387 【著名ライター様 蔵出し品, sold for ¥1,620,000 (12,984 EUR/14,290 USD in March 2016).
1387 Sunburst from the Takeshi Terauchi collection, ad here: Mosrite 1965 The Ventures Model #1387 【著名ライター様 蔵出し品, sold for ¥1,620,000 (12,984 EUR/14,290 USD in March 2016).
1395 Ink Blue sold April 2011 at heritageauction: 1965 Mosrite Ventures Model Sunburst Electric Guitar, # 1395
1423 Ink Blue Nov 10 1965 0027
"BC" and "DOC" handwritten in pencil
Reverb June 2017: Mosrite Ventures Mark I 1965 Pacific Blue, price 4295USD/3846EUR. Pot dates 1346533. Quite late body date for the serial number...
1438 Sunburst bought new in December 1965 from Hospie’s Music in Omaha, NE; info by Gary Wertz
1478 Sunburst neck pu changed to humbucker
1483 black/black on eBay November 2015 together with a Fender Showman amp: 1963-64 Fender Showman Amp 1963-64 Ventures Mosrite Guitar, starting at 12000 USD 😉
1504 Pearl White
1505 red
1510 Pearl White
1521 Sunburst on eBay November 2015: 1964 MOSRITE Ventures guitar w/original "Vibramute" tremolo unit !, starting at 5495 USD.
In January 2016 new pix, ad, price here: 1964 Mosrite Ventures Model for 4995 USD.
1545 Candy Apple Red
1562 Pearl White
1573 Candy Apple Red
1577 Candy Apple Red
1583 black
1613 Pearl White
1626 Ink Blue pictures here at facebook: Mosrite Ventures 1965
1655 turquoise met. (ref ?)
17xx Pearl White (ref.) Jul 11 1965 0027 and 0031 Jul 10 1965 0031 Spun knobs, Vibramute, halfround stringguide; earliest neck and body stamps I've seen so far. eBay July 2015: Mosrite 1965 The Ventures Model -Pearl White / Refinish, located in Japan, BIN 4488 USD.
Two more links here: Mosrite 1965 Mark-I The Ventures Model -Pearl White (Refinish)- 【Vintage】コンディション:3+ and here: White / Refinish-Model-Pearl, The Ventures 1965 Mosrite made 1965
1827 Pearl White Oct 65 (?) Oct 65 (?) dates according to owner. Non original headstock logos.
1828 Sunburst Aug 65 Aug 65 signed by Nokie Edwards, thanks for the info to Larry Haley
1835 Sunburst
1861 Candy Apple Red
1912 black
1919 met. blue
1927 Sunburst
1965 Sunburst Sep 1 1965 050 (?) 006 (?) All dates according to owner.
1993 Sunburst
2008 Candy Apple Red
2043 Sunburst
2067 Sunburst, ref. black eBay April 2015: 1965 Mosrite Ventures Model Vibramute
2068 met. blue Nov 03 1965 0004 Sep 16 1965 002
2075 Sunburst owned by Jerry Finn
2103 (?) Sunburst Sep 25 1965 016 xxx xx 1965 016 serial number hard to read on the pictures. Ad at hyperguitars here: Mosrite '65 The Ventures Model, price: ¥ 450,000. Body date unreadable.
2136 Sunburst sold April 2012 at heritageauction: 1966 Mosrite Ventures Sunburst Solid Body Electric Guitar, Serial # 2136
2153 Sunburst auction April 2015: American Electric Guitar, Mosrite, California, Model The Ventures, 1965, sold for 1968 USD.
2156 (?) Candy Apple Red (ref.) from Bob Shade's collection, for sale here: 1965 Mosrite Ventures Candy Red Metallic for sale, price: 3600 USD including shipping. Neck and logo refinished, too, logo in white. Not quite sure about the s/n's last digit.
2192 Candy Apple Red
2211 Candy Apple Red signed by the Ventures
2221 Sunburst eBay April 2016: MOSRITE 1965 VENTURES MODEL, BIN 2500 USD.
2292 Sunburst Oct 5 1965 018 Sep 21 1965 016
2313 Ink Blue Oct 14 1965 036 Sep 22 1965 001
2321 black (ref.) eBay October 2015, sold in parts: VINTAGE MOSRITE VENTURES 1965 EZ PROJECT
removed s/n Sunburst Oct 04 1965 040 Oct 02 1965 003
2337 Pearl White
2430 red eBay October 2016: 1965 Mosrite The Ventures Vintage Guitar Strawberry Red, BIN 4250 USD.
2536 Ink Blue (ref.) Oct 25 1965 003 restauration thread here at OffsetGuitars:
1965 Mosrite Restoration. Finished
.

Mosrite Ventures guitar – type 4

s/n color neck-date body-date note
242x Ink Blue eBay June 2016: Mosrite The Ventures 1966 Vintange original, BIN 3500 EUR from Madrid. Non original knobs, nor sure about the exact serial number, maybe 2422. Larger pix here: Mosrite / The Ventures / 1966 / Blue / Guitar For Sale (price here: 3750 EUR).
2432 Sunburst sold May 2011 at heritageauction: 1965 Mosrite Ventures Sunburst Electric Guitar # 2432
2442 Ink Blue
2498 white
2554 Sunburst
2560 Sunburst sold February 2012 at heritageauction: 1966 Mosrite The Ventures Model Sunburst Electric Guitar, Serial # 2560
2578 blue
2584 Ink Blue Moseley tailpiece, smooth knobs, thanks for the info to Larry Haley.
2750 white ref.
2760 white
2767 white
2769 Sunburst eBay January 2015: MOSRITE VENTURES Model Guitar VENTURES I/MARK I (Model 102) 1965. HONEST RELIC, BIN 3995 USD
2786 Pearl White
2795 brown (stripped and stained?)
2801 Ink Blue eBay November 2015: 1966 MOSRITE VENTURES MODEL - RARE INK BLUE - VERY FEW MADE IN THIS COLOR, sold by M.M., BIN 4999.99 USD.
2817 Pearl White (ref. Pearl White thanks to David W. for the info.
2818 Sunburst Nov 08 1965 0015 Oct 14 1965 021 pots 65-34, info and pictures here: Survey of Mosrite serial numbers ***Please read***, here it is at eBay in January 2015: ~ 1965 MOSRITE Ventures Guitar, VG+ Original Vintage Sunburst, Trade, MAKE OFFER, BIN 2459 USD
2833 black Oct 28 1965 034
2873 white Nov 30 1965 0001 Nov 16 1965 0048
2879 white (ref.) sold May 2011 at heritageauction: 1965 Mosrite Ventures White Electric Guitar #2879, replaced pickguard, stripped neck
2958 red
2967 white
2983 Sunburst
3081 Ink Blue pot dates 65-33, Reverb July 2016: Vintage 1965 Mosrite "The Ventures Model" guitar in rare&stunning Ink Blue Metallic finish!, price 4800 USD.
3100 pearl white Thanks to R.P. for his correction and contribution!
31xx (?) black Dec 30 1965 My notes say 3100, but now a white 3100 has appeared 😉
317x Sunburst Jan 12 1966 0015 Dec 2 1965 0010 serial 3xxx (hard to read), eBay January 2016: VINTAGE 1966 MOSRITE THE VENTURES MODEL ELECTRIC GUITAR SUNBURST FINISH, BIN 3499 USD. Additional info: bridge pu: 11.91kOhm; neck pu: 12.79kOhm, weight: 8lbs 7.2oz, nutwidth: 1 9/16"
3198 Candy Apple Red Heritage auctions October 2016: 1965 Mosrite Ventures Metallic Red Solid Body Electric Guitar, Serial # 3198, Weight 8.4 lbs.
3254 met. blue
3274 Sunburst
3275 (?) Sunburst Dec 1965 Dec 1965 serial 327x (hard to read), eBay January 2016: Mosrite 1965 THE VENTURES MODEL Vintage w/ Hard Case Worldwide Shipping!!!, starting at 5121 USD. Additional info: nutwidth: 39.7mm, weight: 3.65kg
3395 black, neck black eBay March 2015: Chet's old Mosrite The Ventures MK1 all black - Original - No Mods, 1965 - 0001 Rubber Stamped, 3395 stamped on Fretboard, Case
3311 Candy Apple Red Dec 65 Dec 65 short M knobs, Moseley tailpiece, thanks for the info to Larry Haley.
3320 white sold April 2011 at heritageauction: 1965 Mosrite Ventures White Solid Body Electric Guitar, #3320
3429 met. blue
3464 Sunburst Jan 6 1966 0012 March 8 1966 0011 eBay February 2017: Early 1966 Vintage MOSRITE Ventures Electric Guitar, Original Case, Great Player
3470 Sunburst sold April 2011 at heritageauction: 1966 Mosrite Ventures Model #3470
3472 Sunburst
3496 met. blue
3503 met. red (ref)
3516 Dark Teal (ref.) sold April 2011 at heritageauction: 1965 Mosrite Ventures Dark Teal Electric Guitar, #3516. Description: "Newer tuners with no extra holes. Body has been re-finished dark teal over gold over red. Scratches and wear on the body. Great neck. Gig bag case. Condition: Good".
3517 Candy Apple Red
3556 Sunburst
3568 Sunburst sold April 2011 at heritageauction: Circa 1965 Mosrite The Ventures Model Sunburst Electric Guitar # 3568
3662 Sunburst
3668 Candy Apple Red
3672 Candy Apple Red Feb 9 1966 0028 replacement pots, ad here: Mosrite Ventures Candy Apple Red 1966, price: 4950 USD
3716 Ink Blue Reverb March 2015: Mosrite Ventures 1965 Blue Metallic, price: 2500 EUR from Rome.
3738 Sunburst eBay December 2015: 1966 Mosrite Ventures guitar, BIN 4000 USD.
3740 black
3850 Sunburst Jun 1966 (?) Oct 1965 (?) thanks to Tom for his contribution. All dates told by owner, I've never seen a picture.
4003 black outlier with trussrod adjustment at neck's heel. For sale October 2015 here: 1966 Mosrite The Ventures modèle MK I.
4074 Sunburst Feb 22 1966 outlier with trussrod adjustment at neck's heel. Reverb June 2016: Mosrite Ventures- February 1966 Sunburst-Bill Gruggett, 4495 USD.
4143 white outlier with trussrod adjustment at neck's heel.
no s/n Ink Blue Feb xx 1966 sold October 2015 at heritageauction: 1966 Mosrite Ventures Blue Metallic Solid Body Electric Guitar.

Mosrite Ventures guitar – type 5

s/n color neck-date body-date note
3778 red May 27 1966 0029 Dec 15 1965 0040 "Dee" ad here at musicstorelive.com: 1966 Mosrite The Ventures Model MKI, Red, price: $3,699.00.
3911 black tortoise red pickguard; eBay November 2015: 1965 USA MOSRITE "The Ventures" ELECTRIC GUITAR W/ OHSC, S/N 3911, starting at 2495 USD.
3916 Ink Blue not sure about s/n, hard to read, for sale November 2016: Mosrite 1966 The Ventures Model MARK I / Ink Blue, price: ¥307,800 (2635 EUR/2845 USD then).
3935 Sunburst
4024 Sunburst for sale March 2016, ad here: Mosrite 【中古】 V.1966 VENTURESMODEL 【横浜店】, price: ¥298,000.
4051 blue pus changed to humbuckers
4088 Sunburst
4134 Sunburst
4164 Sunburst
4185 stripped and dyed heavily modified/re-shaped, pictures here at facebook.
4209 Candy Apple Red sold December 2011 at heritageauction: 1966 Mosrite Ventures Candy Apple Red Solid Body Electric Guitar, Serial # 4209
4260 Sunburst Thanks to H.N. for his contribution.
4292 met. blue
4308 red no date but "Joe Maphis" and "4308" written in pencil Apr 19 1966 0009 (or 0003) 1966, eBay December 2017, ad here: Vintage 1966 Mosrite Ventures Model guitar, BIN US $1,700.00. Extra inlays added to the neck, missing tremolo bar.
4361 Candy Apple Red 1966, eBay August 2016, ad here: VENTURES Guitar MOSRITE 1968 model California in EXCELLENT CONDITION, starting at US $3,500.00. Large trussrod cover. Date in ad is wrong 😉
4380 Pearl White for sale June 2016, ad here: ★vintage Mosrite The Ventures Model 1966年 Pearl White, price: ¥398,000.
4519 blue sold May 2011 at heritageauction: 1966 Mosrite Ventures Blue Electric Guitar, #4519. I think I read 4512...
4527 yellow (ref) ebay November 2016: VINTAGE MOSRITE MARK VI 1966 ELECTRICAL BANNANA EZ PROJECT MADE IN CALIFORNIA US, body, neck, Schaller tuners only, sold for 616 USD. Parts are sold, too, pots 1346629.
4539 purple met (ref)
4572 Sunburst sold December 2011 at heritageauction: 1960's Mosrite Ventures Sunburst Solid Body Electric Guitar, Serial #4572. Description: "Project-grade with two broken tuners, a missing nut, missing trussrod cover and binding separation. Neck heel area shows some damage and stress to the body. Shows no output and has frozen pots. Sold in "as-is" condition. Hard case included. Condition: Fair."
4577 Ink Blue Signed by Leon Taylor, Bob Spalding, Don Wilson, and Nokie Edwards, eBay September 2016: 1966 Mosrite - Signed by The Ventures, starting at 4250 USD.
4636 Sunburst
4615 Sunburst reverb June 2016: 1966 Mosrite Ventures Model MK 1 Sunburst vintage with original case, 2999 USD.
4617 Sunburst signed by the Ventures
4628 body missing no body in parts, headstock has M carvin cut, no logos anymore (as of August 2002)
4630 Sunburst has serial number stamped in body (covered by pickguard)
4634 Sunburst Auction October 2012: American Electric Guitar, Mosrite of California, "Ventures Model," 1965, sold for 2280 USD.
4636 Sunburst
4638 Sunburst
4759 Sunburst
4801 Sunburst body binding added
4825 Sunburst sold April 2011 at heritageauction: 1960s Mosrite Ventures Model Sunburst Electric Guitar, # 4825
4826 Sunburst no date no date Found in this 2009 Mosriteforum thread: Neck / body stamps?.
4839 Ink Blue eBay December 2015: Mosrite Ventures - Ink Blue "All Original" 1966, BIN 4250 USD. Serial number may be 4839, a little hard to read.
4865 met. blue
4867 Sunburst
4914 Sunburst eBay November 2015: Vintage 1966 Mosrite Ventures Sunburst W/ Case , BIN 3795 USD.
4922 body missing no date no body neck only, no logos anymore
4978 Sunburst Thanks to P.G. for his contribution.
498x (?) Sunburst
V5029 Ink Blue originally sold in Michigan March 21, 1967
V5050 Candy Apple Red for sale June 2016, ad here: 【ビンテージ】 モズライト Mosrite Ventures Model 1966年製, price: ¥260,000.
V5054 Ink Blue Thanks to Brian for his contribution.
V5127 Sunburst
V5170 red
V5175 Candy Apple Red
V5179 red Video on youtube here: SIGNED BY THE RAMONES!! Vintage Mosrite Ventures Guitar Review
V5199 red eBay October 2015: 1966 MOSRITE THE VENTURES, starting at 3,100.00 USD
V5211 Ink Blue eBay June 2016: original 1966 Mosrite THE VENTURES model rare INK BLUE!!! one dead pickup, sold for 1940 USD. Pot dates 66-47, short M-knobs.
V5262 red eBay: 1966 MOSRITE VENTURES MODEL GUITAR - VERY RARE ORIGINAL RED FINISH, for sale by M.M., BIN 4999.99 USD
V5315 blue
V5317 pink
V5341 Candy Apple Red sold May 2017 at Guitar Center: Vintage Mosrite 1967 Ventures Model Solid Body Electric Guitar
no s/n Candy Apple Red sold February 2011 at heritageauction: Mid 1960s Mosrite The Ventures Model Candy Apple Red Solid Body Electric Guitar, No Serial Number

Mosrite Ventures guitar – type 6

s/n color neck-date body-date note
V5322 Sunburst eBay February 2015: VINTAGE 1967 MOSRITE VENTURES MK1 GUITAR MOSELEY ERA ALL ORIGINAL CLEAN w/CASE , starting at 1999.95 USD; no Ventures logo but sticker, non original string guide
V5354 maroon eBay August 2016: Mosrite made 1967 The Ventures Model, no Ventures logo, 3.92 kg, BIN 4275 USD, from Japan.
V5405 maroon Nov 1965 (?) Oct 13 1966 (?) pots date: 66-47, all dates according to Fretted Americana's ad: The Ventures Mark 1 Guitars , no Ventures logo
V5439 purple
V5456 Sunburst
V5499 Sunburst eBay February 2016: Vintage Mosrite 1967 Mark I Guitar Sunburst The Ventures with Case Original, BIN 2599 USD. Refretted in 2006.
V5509 California Grape has Ventures logo (I only have a very small picture – may be a decal)
V5510 Sunburst thanks to Steve H. for the info
V5515 Candy Apple Red
V5583 Sunburst
V5642 Sunburst
V5658 Candy Apple Red
V5738 Candy Apple Red or Ink Blue (partially stripped) 3 neck screws without neck plate
V5793 Sunburst Kluson tuners, 4 neck screws without neck plate, s/n hard to read on the pix, may be V5795. eBay June 2016: 1968-1969 Mosrite THE VENTURES MODEL Sunburst [VINTAGE].
V5901 + H1240 Sunburst Japanese tuners (original), 4 neck screws without neck plate
V6079 Sunburst Kluson tuners, 3 neck screws without neck plate

The Ventures model — guitar

The early 70s: V-I

1971–1974
V0003–V0926
approx made: 1000

I’m absolutely not sure about the years here and how to date those guitars exactly, as there are no visible changes in production and no dates. Best way might be the pots dates.

Mosrite V-I guitar 1971–74

s/n color note
V0003 Sunburst Sunburst headstock, Japanese tuners, 4 screws through plate, pots: 71-06, pix and info here in this 2007 thread: 1971 Mosrite Mk I (post-Ventures deal)
V0031 Sunburst Sunburst headstock, Japanese tuners, 4 screws through plate. Sold in parts August 2016, eBay ad here: Mosrite 1971 Sunburst Mark I Body & Neck, body, neck, pickguard: 789.99 USD.
V0109 Sunburst natural headstock, Japanese tuners, Craigslist July 2016 ad here: 1971 Mosrite Ventures V serial # - $2250 (East Valley), non original switch tip, price 2250 USD.
V0122 black black headstock, Japanese tuners
V0183 Redburst natural headstock, Japanese tuners; since 1999: Gotho tuners, Gibson style tailpiece and bridge, no Mosrite pus in original pu covers. Pots date: 72-28
V0187 black natural headstock, Japanese tuners, pots date 1972, sold here: Ultra Clean 1972 Mosrite Post Ventures Mark Custom Color! SOLD!. Thanks to forum member Haydden for showing!
V0236 Sunburst natural headstock, Japanese tuners
V0264 Sunburst black headstock, Japanese tuners
V0270 Redburst Redburst headstock, Japanese tuners, Christie's October 2008: Lot 76 MOSRITE, sold for USD 1,625.
V0395 Sunburst Sunburst headstock, tuners changed, eBay January 2015: Original 1970 Mosrite Mark I, BIN was 1990 EUR (2245 USD then), sold for less
V0398 Sunburst natural headstock, Japanese tuners
V0510 black natural headstock, Kluson tuners
V0522 black natural headstock, Kluson tuners, Reverb ad here: Early '70s Mosrite Moseley - Black, price £2,495.
V0566 Sunburst natural headstock, Kluson tuners, eBay September 2015: MOSRITE Ventures of California 1973. Beautiful Sunburst., BIN USD 3995.-
V0568 Sunburst natural headstock, Kluson tuners
V0599 no body neck only, has had Kluson tuners
V0613 Sunburst natural headstock, Kluson tuners
V0632 Sunburst natural headstock, Kluson tuners
V0633 Sunburst natural headstock, Kluson tuners – eBay June 2016: Mosrite early 70's post Ventures, starting at 1650 USD, BIN 2200 USD.
V0648 black near mint condition, pots 1377037 (CTS, 37th week of 1970)
V0708 no body neck only, has had Kluson tuners, natural headstock, eBay February 2016: VINTAGE ORIGINAL MOSRITE SEMIE MOSELEY VENTURES MARK I ELECTRIC GUITAR NECK.
V0926 Sunburst natural headstock, Kluson tuners. eBay January 2015: 1980s Mosrite of California Electric Guitar + Hard CASE Rare Sunburst, BIN GBP 1,299.00

The Ventures model—Guitar

The early 70s: V-II

1971–1974

2V0014–2V0111

approx made: 120 or more

Sorry, nearly nothing in my collection about these guitars. Again, I’m absolutely not sure about the years here and how to date those guitars exactly, as there are no visible changes in production and no dates. Best way might be the pots dates. The V-IIs have humbuckers with individual tone and volume pots and two buttons.

Mosrite V-II guitar 1971–74

s/n color note
2V0014 Sunburst Kluson tuners
2V0029 Sunburst Kluson tuners, eBay November 2015: MOSRITE VENTURES “NO LOGO” V-Series 1973 Double bypass switches. Beautiful Semie, BIN 4495 USD.
2V0053 Sunburst Kluson tuners, bridge pu changed to Gibson (style) humbucker
2V0111 Sunburst Kluson tuners, eBay November 2015: Rare 1972-3 Mosrite Mark VII Electric Guitar, BIN 3250 USD.

The Ventures model — 12-string

1964–1969
normally T001–T738, but there are exceptions
approx made: 750 or more

Sorry, I’ve not really collected those serial numbers so I’m really not sure about the number of produced 12 string guitars and the years. The 700 are a really rough guess. Perhaps the first 12 string guitars have been built in the row of 6 string guitars, so the serial numbers may lie in the regular range, for example 0033.

Mosrite Ventures 12-String

s/n color neck-date body-date note
0033 Candy Apple Red 1964 (according to Semie's autograph), signed by Semie Moseley in 1988 – Moseley tremolo, so it may be from 1965?
90006 Pearl White Vibramute, no Ventures logo
T051 Candy Apple Red Moseley, no Ventures logo, eBay July 2016: Vintage Mosrite Of CA.12 String Electric Guitar--Red Solid Body W/Vibrato + Case, starting at 5500 USD
T073 Sunburst Dec 20 1965 0014 Dec 14 1965 0001 Moseley, no Ventures logo, eBay January 2015: MOSRITE MARK XII (12 String). 1965 (Made in December 1965) SN: T073. SUNBURST., BIN 2995 USD
T094 red no Ventures logo
T131 Lake Placid Blue Ventures logo
T135 met. blue Ventures logo
T276 Sunburst Apr 8 1966 0011 no body Ventures logo, trussrod nut at headstock
T310 Sunburst Ventures logo
T318 Sunburst Apr 26 1966 0016 May 2 1966 001 Ventures logo, pots 66-2x, handwritten in neck pocket: "Carrillo"
T383 Sunburst Ventures logo
T414 white Ventures logo
T479 ? Jul 20 1966 0004 neck only 1966; no Ventures logo, neck only
T541 met. blue no Ventures logo, Moseley tailpiece, pots 34th week of 1966, eBay June 2015: 1966 Mosrite Ventures XII 12 String Vintage Blue All Original, BIN 3995 USD, many great pictures.
T548 met. blue no Ventures logo, Moseley tailpiece, 3.8kg, ad July 2017 here: ☆1967y・Vintage Full Ori Mosrite12String Custom Colour☆, 260,000円
T620 Sunburst no Ventures logo, stoptail
T683 Sunburst no Ventures logo, stoptail
T696 Sunburst no Ventures logo, Moseley tremolo, ad here: Mosrite <モズライト>
1960s Mark XII
.
? Candy Apple Red Jul 21 1966 00x no Ventures logo, stoptail, handwritten in neck pocket: "Shu-- 9/27/67" (?)
T738 Pearl White (ref.) Sep 24 1966 (stamp?) left handed, no Ventures logo, stoptail, three neck screws without neckplate, "dated September 24, 1966 which is displayed in the neck pocket, along with the name, address, and phone number of a prior owner." Add at Reverb: 1966 Mosrite LEFTY Ventures Mark XII or here at leftyvintageguitars: 1966 Mosrite Ventures Mark XII, Super Rare!.

The Ventures model — bass

first run

1963–1969
5002–8×36 (?)
approx made: 3100

Mosrite Ventures bass – types

type body jack neck logo tuners pickups truss adj years s/n circa
1 triple bound side set large Kluson (1) smooth body 63-64 5000-5045
2 unbound top screwed large Kluson (1) smooth body 64 5045-5180
3 unbound top screwed small Kluson (1) smooth or logo body 64-66 5180-6200
4 unbound top screwed small Mosrite "duckfeet" (2) logo body 66 6080-6400
5 unbound top screwed small Mosrite "duckfeet" (2) logo headstock 66-68 6400-7000
6 unbound top screwed no Mosrite "duckfeet" (2) logo headstock 68-69 7000-8100

Mosrite Ventures bass – type 1

s/n color neck-date body-date note
5002 Sunburst side jack, plastic poti knobs, 4 pg screws, triple body binding, binding at neck heel, large Ventures logo
5004 Sunburst side jack, metal poti knobs, 3 pg screws, triple body binding, binding at neck heel, large Ventures logo; pictures at hyperguitars: Mosrite '63〜’64 Style The Ventures Bass
5012 California Blue side jack, metal poti knobs, 3 pg screws, triple body binding, binding at neck heel, large Ventures logo
5023 Sunburst side jack, metal poti knobs, 3 pg screws, triple body binding, binding at neck heel, large Ventures logo, pot-date 47th week of 1963, pictures here at hyperguitars: Mosrite '63 The Ventures Bass, some more here at their blog: Mosrite '63 The Ventures Bass
5025 Sunburst side jack, metal poti knobs, 3 pg screws, triple body binding, binding at neck heel, large Ventures logo
5041 Sunburst side jack, metal poti knobs, 3 pg screws, triple body binding, binding at neck heel, large Ventures logo, early 1963 pot dates (acc. to seller); factory refurbished (according to seller) to double pickup (logo covers) and duckfoot tuners. For sale April 2017 here: 1963 Mosrite Ventures Model Bass Early Double Pickup Bound Side Jack Fixed Neck Ventures Model, price: 3799 USD.

Mosrite Ventures bass – type 2

s/n color neck-date body-date note
5052 Sunburst top jack, metal poti knobs, 8 pg screws, no body binding, no binding at neck heel, large Ventures logo
5068 white no date no date metal poti knobs, 8 pg screws, no or removed Ventures logo
5069 Sunburst 1964, metal poti knobs, 8 pg screws, three potis, 1963 according to Fillmore's 1993 calendar, large Ventures logo
5077 black metal poti knobs, 8 pg screws, small Ventures logo
5173 Candy Apple Red 2PU, Candy Apple Red headstock and neck with 70s Mosrite font – my guess: made from parts and refinished, 64 or 65 neck, 66 body
? Sunburst, later refinished white John Entwistles bass, used with The Who in 1965/66. It seems as it was equipped with a large pickguard, housing two pickups (looking like gretsh toasters), in late 1965/early 1966. Later in 1966 the body was refinished white with a large black sharkfin pickguard, again with two pickups. Pictures here: John Entwistle’s Gear: 1960–1966, the bass in white here in this video: The Who - The Kids Are Alright.

Mosrite Ventures bass – type 3

s/n color neck-date body-date note
0001 gold early 1965, pots 65-02 (according to owner), custom made; some info and pictures here at the mosriteforum: Gold Mosrite Prototype Bass, 1965, here again (bottom of page 6): MOSRITE BASS - SOME SUPERFICIAL OBSERVATIONS
5166 Candy Apple Red/Candy Apple Red no date no date Candy Apple Red headstock and neck, small logo, thanks to MK for the info.
5185 Candy Apple Red/Candy Apple Red Candy Apple Red headstock and neck, pots 65-03; pictures at hyperguitars: Mosrite '65 The Ventures Bass
5206 Ink Blue/Ink Blue no date no date 1965, Dave's World of Fun Stuff video here: Mosrite Ventures Bass Guitar.
5278 cherryburst 1965
5294 black 1965, no headstock logos
53xx Sunburst
5317 black
5320 black (ref.) 1965. Reverb December 2016 ~1964 Mosrite Ventures Bass Mark I. Black neck and headstock. Price: 1400 USD.
I guess it was Sunburst originally, Ventures logo painted over. Not sure about the serial number, I guess I can read 5350.
5321 Candy Apple Red
5370 met. blue (ref.) added bridge pu
5371 Sunburst
54x1 red for sale December 2014, again on eBay June 2016: Mosrite Mark-I Bass '65 Strawberry Red. I guess the s/n is 5421.
5412 white
5433 Sunburst
5461 black added bridge pu
5472 red 1965; thread with link to dropbox pictures here: 1964 ventures mosrite of California bass guitar. For sale eBay November 2016: MOSRITE VENTURES BASS GUITAR VINTAGE 1964 (VERY RARE) IN CLASSIC RED COLOR, BIN 2800 USD. Date in ad is wrong.
5494A Sunburst Sep 15 1965 007 Oct 25 1965 018 added bridge pu, hole closed
5507 Candy Apple Red (ref.) no date no date Refinished, replaced pickguard and bridge cover, 4.15kg, eBay June 2016: Mosrite Ventures Bass Red refinish Vintage Bass Guitar Hard Case Free shipping, from Japan, BIN US $4,272.15.
55x7 dark met. blue
5524 black/black Aug 30 1965 007 Jul 27 1965 009 eBay November 2016 Mosrite Bass von 1965. Black with rare black neck and headstock, sometime called Tuxedo. Now mine, pictures here: Mosrite Ventures Bass 1965 black.
5532 maroon met. found at the Mosrite Ventures Model Owners List
5586 black found at the Mosrite Ventures Model Owners List
56x3 white (ref.) new tuners (drilled holes)
5658 blue M-knobs, pot dates 65-34; eBay April 2015: VINTAGE 1965 MOSRITE VENTURES BASS IN CUSTOM COLOR BLUE, BIN 3000 USD
5659 Sunburst spun knobs, pot dates 65-33; Reverb October 2017: 1965 Mosrite Ventures Model Bass Vintage Mark I Sunburst w/ohsc, replaced parts, price 1,524.99.
5692 (?) blue metallic (ref.) Nov 5 1965 0001 Oct 12 1965 003 spun knobs, pot dates 65-33; eBay July 2016: 1965 Mosrite Ventures Bass Guitar Flamed Maple Neck, BIN 1590 USD. Serial number hard to read on the pictures.
57x1 (?) Sunburst Oct 16 1965 016 Oct 21 1965 023 x7x1 (hard to read), M-knobs, pot dates 65-33; pictures at hyperguitars: MOSRITE '65 THE VENTURES BASS
5709 red November 1965
5751 Candy Apple Red
5757 blue Nov 24 1965 0003 Oct 20 1965 012 sold at Reverb October 2016 Mosrite Ventures Bass 1965 Blue, 1,453.66 EUR.
5761 black/black (refinished) sold February 2012 at heritageauctions Late 1960s Mosrite The Ventures Black Electric Bass Guitar, #5761, changed pickup, 1978 pots.
5847 white
5848 Ink Blue (stripped) Jan 10 1966 0017 Oct 30 1965 001 (?) body heavily reshaped, eBay December 2015: VINTAGE 1960's MOSRITE Bass Electric Guitar The VENTURES Model #5848 Surf Music, starting at 1750 USD.
Body stamp hard to read, only sure about the "30".
5858 Sunburst pots date 65-34
5928 red met. 1965 or 66, found at the Mosrite Ventures Model Owners List
594x white 1965 or 66, replacement knobs
5945 Sunburst Jan 6 1966 0008 Aug 19 1965 013 M-knobs, pots 1346609, handwritten "Dee" in neck pocket, for sale November 2016 at Nicks Guitars: Mosrite Ventures Bass 1966, price €2,319.97
5955 (?) Ink Blue Jan 19 1966 0018 Dec 16 1965 0014 59x5 (hard to read), M-knobs, pot dates 66-05; pictures at hyperguitars: MOSRITE '66 THE VENTURES BASS
6017 (?) Ink Blue Feb 10 1966 0011 Nov 22 1965 045 (?) 60x7 (hard to read), M-knobs; pictures at hyperguitars: MOSRITE '66 THE VENTURES BASS
6029 blue
6031 Ink Blue 1966, 65 according to Fillmore's 1993 calendar
6044 Candy Apple Red Feb 18 1966 0022 Oct 19 1965 039
6052 White or Pearl White Yahoo ad here: Mosrite モズライト '66オールド BASS.
6061 Sunburst
6104 Pearl White 1966 or 1965, 1pu, Kluson tuners 1965 according to Fillmore's 1993 calendar
6113 Sunburst Kluson tuners
6114 Pearl White Kluson tuners
6123 met. red (ref.?) Kluson tuners, neck Sunburst
6x3x Sunburst Kluson tuners
6137 Candy Apple Red Kluson tuners, 3,98Kg; ad here at hyperguitars: Mosrite '66 The Ventures Bass, price: ¥ 298,000.
6141 Sunburst (ref.) Mar 22 1966 0013 Kluson tuners, 3,51kg; pictures at hyperguitars: Mosrite '66 The Ventures Bass, price: ¥ 300,000.
6175 (?) Ink Blue trussrod screw at body end, 617x (hard to read), M-knobs; pictures at hyperguitars: MOSRITE '66 THE VENTURES BASS
6181 Ink Blue trussrod screw at body end, 1pu, Kluson tuners, spun knobs, logo pickup, ad here July 2017: オールドモズライトベース(1965年製), 380,000円
6195 Candy Apple Red Mar 29 1966 0009 Mar 22 1966 0016 trussrod screw at headstock, 1pu, Kluson tuners, belonged to Tom Petersson from Cheap Trick. eBay May 2016: Mosrite ventures Bass mid 60s, BIN 2500 USD.
6196 Sunburst trussrod screw at body end, 1pu, Kluson tuners. eBay March 2015: Mosrite Bass Guitar

Mosrite Ventures bass – type 4

s/n color neck-date body-date note
6 001 sparkle blue no date April 4 1966 00x 1966 Baritone Prototype, 1 pu, 5 piece neck without Ventures logo, trussrod screw at headstock, duckfeet tuners, pictures at Reverb.com: Mosrite Baritone Prototype 1966 Sparkle Blue
6088 Pearl White 2 pu, duckfeet tuners – outlier, early s/n for duckfeet tuners
6254 Sunburst Apr 1 1966 0008 Apr 11 1966 0002 2 pu, normal routing, Kluson tuners, trussrod screw at body end; for sale in parts at eBay March 2015: body, neck, bridge and pickup; body weight: 4.35 pounds (1.97kg)
6259 Sunburst found at the Mosrite Ventures Model Owners List
6319 Sunburst found at 12fret.com 1967 Mosrite Ventures Bass (SOLD), price: CDN $1750. Date in ad is wrong.

Mosrite Ventures bass – type 5

s/n color neck-date body-date note
6xxx stripped, has been Candy Apple Red or met. blue, sold in parts no number unreadable 2pu, trussrod screw at headstock, duckfeet tuners, routing for 1pu-body with additional routing for switch
6411 Sunburst neck only
no number (lost in refret?) black Jun 13 1966 0004 2 pu, routing for 1pu-body with additional routing for switch, neck pu changed, pg modification
6432 red, refinished red, refinished white Jun 13 1966 0005 Apr 19 1966 0002 2 pu, normal routing
6445 red sold July 2011 at heritageauction: 1966 Mosrite Ventures Model Red Electric Bass Guitar, #6445
6451 red Jun 16 1966 found at the Mosrite Ventures Model Owners List – picture here at facebook: My 1966 Ventures bass #6451
651x blue met.
6542 natural replacement tuners, no neckplate
6597 Ink Blue no date no date but s/n handwritten, "Carrillo" pot dates 66-23; pictures at hyperguitars: Mosrite '66 The Ventures Bass
6666 stripped, stained
6673 Candy Apple Red – stripped, stained sold 2011: 1966 Mosrite The Ventures Model Bass guitar w/hard case
6723 Sunburst
6728 black neck black, no logos at headstock
6781 Ink Blue eBay November 2016: 1965 Mosrite Ventures Vintage Electric Bass Guitar Blue Carved Top w/OHSC RARE, BIN 1995 USD or best offer. Date in ad is wrong.
6795 Candy Apple Red
6806 Sunburst sold April 2011 at heritageauction: Mid-1960s Mosrite Ventures Sunburst Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar, #6806
6812 Candy Apple Red, ref. to blond found at the Mosrite Ventures Model Owners List
6830 Sunburst
6858 blue met.
6868 CAR, ref. white, ref. CAR eBay February 2017: '66 vintage Mosrite bass---beautiful!, refinished, remade headstock logos, remade pickguard, non original case – starting at 910 USD, BIN 1200 USD.
6872 Sunburst
6874 Sunburst near mint, pictures here at mosriteforum: Mosrite Ventures Bass Mint: SOLD!!.
6899 Sunburst
6911 Seafoam Green (ref.) found at talkbass.com FS: 1966 Mosrite Ventures Bass
6928 maroon met. found at the Mosrite Ventures Model Owners List
6929 red tuners changed
6969 blue met.

Mosrite Ventures bass – type 6

s/n color neck-date body-date note
6984 Sunburst sold in parts, eBay ad here: Mosrite 1966 Sunburst Mark Bass Body & Neck
6996 Sunburst sold April 2012 at heritageauctions: 1967 Mosrite Sunburst Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar Bass Serial # 6996. Phase switch has been added along with additional wiring and duct tape. Pots date late 1966. One strap button is a non-original Fender style replacement.
7023 Sunburst
7069 black (ref.) re-shaped headstock, replacement tuner, Redburst neck
7104 stripped
7112 Candy Apple Red
8x36 (?) red ref. painted red (except for headstock's face), frets removed, bridge pu changed to P-90
R030 medium blue

The Ventures model — bass

The early 70s: B-I

1971–1974

B0014–B0556

approx made: 600

Mosrite V-1 Bass 1971–74

s/n color note
B0014 Sunburst tuner changed
B0039 Redburst
B0041 Sunburst
B0063 Sunburst
B0107 black
B0122 black signed by C.J. Ramone, replacement tuners; for sale April 2017 here: Mosrite Ventures Bass 1971 Black, price: 1900 USD.
B0138 Sunburst
B0181 Sunburst sold April 2011 at heritageauction: New York Dolls - An Arthur "Killer" Kane Personally Owned and Used Mosrite Bass Electric Guitar (Circa 1960s).
Description says "New York Dolls - An Arthur "Killer" Kane Personally Owned and Used Mosrite Bass Electric Guitar (Circa 1960s). A Mosrite of California by Semie Moseley, custom-made by Moseley specifically for Kane, sunburst body, white plastic scratch plate, rosewood neck, silver dot inlays, serial number B0181, cover removed from pick-ups; with a black hard case where one of Kane's business cards still resides; consigned directly by Kane's widow, Barbara Garrison Kane; included with a 'Letter of Provenance' from her. (Please note there are dents and dings on body due to use.)". Actually it's made in the early 70ies 😉
B0242 Sunburst
B0250 Candy Apple Red (ref.?) neck Candy Apple Red, headstock's face Sunburst
B0331 black pictures here at photobucket
B0401 Sunburst pots 1377037 (CTS, 37th week of 1970), for sale in 2012 here: VINTAGE EARLY '70'S MOSRITE BASS
B0417 black
B0448 Sunburst Very clean, for sale October 2017 at Reverb: Mosrite Bass late 60s, perhaps early 70s...in lovely shape. for 1500 USD. Serial number hard to read on the pictures.
B0556 Sunburst Grover style tuner
X011 Sunburst

The Ventures model — bass

The early 70s: B-II

1971–1974

2B0058

approx made: ?

Mosrite V-2 Bass 1971–74

s/n color note
2B0058 Sunburst eBay May 2017: 1970's Mosrite Ventures Electric Bass Guitar - Semie Moseley made in USA, BIN 1150 USD.

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