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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 21, 2020: 4335 added
Feb 05, 2020: 6780, V5347, V5536, T405 and T581 added
Mar 05, 2020: 0631, 2551 and T688 added
Mar 17, 2020: V5877 added
Mar 18, 2020: 3151 and 3640 added
Mar 24, 2020: 3252 added
Apr 19, 2020: 3670 added
May 07, 2020: V0135 added
May 21, 2020: Don Wilson’s ’63 CAR Ventures added (no s/n)
Jun 13, 2020: 1136 added
Jun 15, 2020: 0332 and V0547 added
October 13, 2020: V0389 added

The Ventures model — guitar

The first run

1963–1969
0001–4999, V5000–V6079
approx made: 6100

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

Mosrite Ventures guitar – type 1

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?blackallegedly 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/nSunburstGene 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!
?SunburstJoe Maphis model (pre-Ventures), aluminium tremolo with large bearings and mistake plate, mute bridge, triple bound body, no binding at neck heel
1009SunburstJoe Maphis model (pre-Ventures), aluminium tremolo with large bearings and mistake plate, mute bridge missing, triple bound body, no binding at neck heel
1011 (?)SunburstJoe 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.
1018SunburstJoe 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.
?SunburstJoe Maphis model (pre-Ventures), Guild Vibramute, mute bridge, triple bound body, no binding at neck heel
no s/nSunburstJoe 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“. As of February 2018 it’s for sale here: Mosrite 1963y Joe Maphis Model „Mint Condtion“, price: ¥2,480,000 (€18,664/US$23,071 then).
no s/nSunburstJoe Maphis model (pre-Ventures), Guild Vibramute, no mistake plate, mute bridge, triple bound body, no binding at neck heel, pickups with surround, 22 frets, pickguard and pots missing, no serial number. mosriteforum May 2018: Help about this MOSRITE Joe Maphis pre The Ventures Model ¿Prototype?.
0000SunburstMosrite Vibramute, roller bridge. Pictures and discussion here: facebook Mosrite Guitar Fans – probably no real 1963 Mosrite…
Reverb December 2017: Mosrite The Ventures 1963 „Red“ Possible prototype SN 0000, price US $7,500 (6599 EUR then).
0004redMosrite Vibramute, roller bridge
0005SunburstGuild Vibramute, mute bridge
0006SunburstGuild Vibramute, mute bridge
0007SunburstGuild Vibramute, mute bridge, fret string guide
0009SunburstGuild Vibramute, mute bridge, some pictures here at mosriteforum:
1963 Sidejack Set
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0014SunburstMosrite Vibramute, roller bridge
0023SunburstMosrite Vibramute, roller bridge, three neck screws (set neck), no Ventures logo, black headstock
0025Sunburstpots 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
0026SunburstMosrite Vibramute, roller bridge
0028SunburstMosrite Vibramute, roller bridge, once belonged to Don Wilson who gave it away 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).
0031SunburstMosrite Vibramute, roller bridge
0039SunburstMosrite Vibramute, roller bridge, picture here at facebook: 1963 Mosrite Venture Side Jack #0039, Dallas International Guitar Festival
0047SunburstNokie Edward’s – picture of a picture in a book here at moriteforum: Vintage Mosrite.
Here’s a japanes blog page about that guitar: 伝説のシリアルナンバー47 The legendary one – serial # 47 !.
Played by Nokie Edwards at The Ventures‘ January ’65 Japan tour and featured on the covers of the albums „Knock Me Out!“ and „Walk Don’t Run Vol. 2“.
no s/nCandy Apple RedDon Wilson’s – here’re some pictures on facebook, here: Here’s Don Wilson’s original Mosrite that he held on the Walk Don’t Run, ’64 LP, and here: Taken at his exhibition in Tokyo in May 2013.
Played by Don Wilson at The Ventures‘ January ’65 Japan tour and featured on the covers of the albums „Knock Me Out!“ and „Walk Don’t Run Vol. 2“; now in the collection of T.K..
Painted (woooden?) sting guide, polished Vibramute!
0060SunburstMosrite Vibramute, roller bridge
0069SunburstMosrite Vibramute, roller bridge
0075Sunbursttriple body binding, neck heel with binding, side jack, 3 pg screws, Mosrite Vibramute, roller bridge
0104Sunbursttriple body binding, neck heel with binding, side jack, 5 pg screws
0121 (?)Sunbursttriple 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.
0127Sunbursttriple body binding, neck heel with binding, side jack, 3 pg screws, Mosrite Vibramute, roller bridge
0134Sunbursttriple body binding, neck heel with binding, side jack, 3 pg screws. Played by The „M“ Ventures, pictures here at facebook: Reproduce the set of the Japan tour in January 1965, 1963 #0134, video here at youtube: THE „M“ VENTURES BULLDOG.
0141red (refinished)triple body binding, neck heel with binding, side jack, 3 pg screws. Played by The „M“ Ventures, pictures here at facebook: Reproduce the set of the Japan tour in January 1965, video here at youtube: THE „M“ VENTURES BULLDOG.
0142Sunbursttriple body binding, neck heel with binding, side jack, 3 pg screws
0148Sunbursttriple body binding, neck heel with binding, side jack, 3 pg screws
0163Sunburstno 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).
0171Sunbursttransition 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).
0172redtriple body binding, neck heel with binding, side jack, 3 pg screws
0173Sunbursttransition model, body binding but screwed neck, once owned by Don Wilson, pictures here at Instagram, for sale for 16,250 USD as of August 2018. Thanks to S.L. for his contribution.
0175Sunburstno datepencil 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“
0184Sunbursttriple body binding, neck heel with binding, side jack, set neck, 3 pg screws
0185Sunbursttriple 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!.
0203Sunbursttriple body binding, neck heel with binding, side jack, 3 pg screws
0226black/blacktransition model, triple body binding, screwed neck, neck heel with binding, top jack, 8 pg screws. For sale at reverb.com for USD9,400/€8,388 (July 2018): 1964 Mosrite Ventures — Rare BOUND Body (Type 1 or Type 2 ?) Smooth Pickups, Vibramute.

Mosrite Ventures guitar – type 2 (no body binding, top jack, bolt on neck)

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0236met. blue
0245met. blue (ref.)eBay February 2016, from Italy: VINTAGE MOSRITE GUITAR THE VENTURES MODEL 1964 ORIGINAL, sold for 3173 USD (2800 Euro then).
0258SunburstDecember 2016 ad here: ★vintage Mosrite The Ventures Model 1964年極初期, price: ¥ 980,000 (7986 EUR/8460 USD then).
0263Candy Apple RedThanks to B.K. for the info and pictures.
0271Candy Apple RedThanks to R.O. for the info and pictures.
0273SunburstReverb December 2019: Mosrite Ventures 1964 Sunburst, price: 6400USD/6000EUR
0291brown (ref.)body and neck only
0315SunburstMarch 2016 ad here: Mosrite 1964 The Ventures Model, price: ¥ 972,000 (7785 EUR/8568 USD then).
0321originally Sunburst, replacement body met. blue1964, 1967 body and neck, story here at mosriteforum.com: My one of a kind Mosrite….
033xSunburstDecember 2015 ad here: ◆◇Mosrite モズライト ’64年 オールド◇◆, price: 640,000 YEN (4780 EUR/5200 USD then)
0332Sunburstpic and info in facebook: My Ventures model Mosrite #0332 my Grandfather gave me in 1969.
0336Sunburst
0355Sunburst
0357Sunburst
0368Sunburstlarge Ventures logo, body refinished white, pickups changed to Univox, tuners to Schaller, Gibson Harmonica bridge, tailpiece, Knobs; eBay March 2018: 1964 ish Mosrite Ventures Model Electric Guitar. Low serial number 0368, starting at 800 USD.
037xSunburstlarge 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)
0396Sunburstlarge Ventures logo
0402Redburstpot dates 64-31; for sale at reverb February 2018: 1964 Mosrite Ventures Model Electric Guitar Red Sunburst w/ Vibramute & ohc, price: US$6,800/€5,691
0412Sunburstthanks for the info to G.W.
0427Sunburstthanks for the info to P.W.
0446Pearl Whitewhite silkscreen on natural headstock
0450Candy Apple Redwhite silkscreen on natural headstock, pots 64-31
0452Ink Bluewhite silkscreen on natural headstock, Reverb February 2019: Mosrite The Ventures Model 1964 Blue, SN#0452, Early smooth pickups , VibraMute, original hard case, price: 4725 EUR/5150 USD
0482CherrybursteBay December 2017: 1964 Mosrite Ventures Model Electric Guitar Red Sunburst w/ Vibramute & ohc, BIN 6799.99 USD. Large Ventures logo, Centralab pot 64-31. I think I can read s/n 0482.
0491black
0495blackno dateno date, handwritten RLbody binding
0503bluewhite silkscreen on natural headstock
0519Sunburst
0515Sunburstpots 64-31, eBay January 2015: 1964 Mosrite Ventures Model Guitar Large Logo Smooth Pickups Rare, BIN 6999 USD
0548black1964, refret, refin, 1968 pus
0559Sunburst
0582cherrybursteBay September 2016: Mosrite THE VENTURES Used w/ Hard case, price: 9520 USD from Japan.
0604Candy Apple Redwhite silkscreen on natural headstock, thanks for the info to L.H.
06xxCandy Apple Redwhite silkscreen on natural headstock, ad here: Mosrite 1964 The Ventures Model “Candy Apple Red” [中古品].
0610Sunburst
0631SunburstReverb March 2020: Mosrite Ventures Model Mark I Sunburst c. 1965 w/ OHSC, neck pickup rewound, 3599 USD/3370 EUR.
0654Sunburst

Mosrite Ventures guitar – type 3 (small logo, injection molded pickup covers w/ logo)

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0728Sunburst
0730Sunburstowner 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***
0747SunburstSmooth pickup covers, small Ventures logo, white headstock logoebay/hyperguitars February 2017: Mosrite THE VENTURES MODEL ’64, BIN: US $7,021.62. Weight: 3.75Kg
0766SunburstSmooth 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.
0812Sunburstpictures at facebook: This guitar will be the late 1964 model of S/N 0812
0813Sunburst
0821Sunburstno dateno datesmall Ventures logo, pots 64-31
0832Sunburst
0843black (ref.), headstock blackeBay February 2016: Early vintage mosrite ventures model vibramute electric guitar, starting at 1850 USD, 2500 BIN, sold for 1,931.55 USD.
0888Sunburst
0892Candy Apple Redpots 1346503, 3,59kg, hyperguitars November 2016: Mosrite ’65 The Ventures Model, price: ¥888,000 (7403 EUR/7842 USD then)
0906Sunburstrestored and signed by Semie Moseley in 1991, neckplate with small screws
0915Sunburstno dateno datefound in this 2009 Mosriteforum thread: Neck / body stamps?. Two digits added, so the s/n is 109151.
0936Sunburst
0944white
1006Sunburstpot 1346503, January 1965 – thanks to S.L. for pictures and info!
1026met. blue
1032met. blue
1053dark bluefacebook December 2019: THIS GUITAR HAS BEEN FOUND!.
1066Candy Apple Redtuner changed to Schaller, pots 65-17, re-fretted and the fingerboard was planed level; Reverb November 2015: 1965 Mosrite Ventures Vibramute Red.
1067Sunburstno 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…
1080Sunburstno 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…
1105stripped, has been Candy Apple RedThanks to Scott for showing me, good luck in restoring!
1116black, front refinished, neck strippedsold 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. „
1125Emerald 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.
1136black/blackBlack with rare black neck and headstock; thanks to C.W. for the pictures and the info.
1165white
1167red
1170Ink BlueJune 2016 ad here: 1965年モズライトMODEL MARK 1 オリジナルVIBRAMUTE TREM, price: 640,000円.
1182Pearl White (ref.)no dateno date1964, some pictures here at mosriteforum.com. Thanks to Ron for showing…
1184Candy Apple Red (?, ref.), perhaps Pearl White originallyfacebook December 2017: Mosrite Guitar Fans: 1964 or 65 Mosrite Ventures s/n 1184
1231Pearl Whitehyperguitars July 2018: Mosrite ’65 The Ventures Model, price ¥980,000. Serial number hard to read in the pictures, maybe it is 1281.
1240blackthis is the black Ventures model of Takeshi Terauchi.
1258whiteno 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…
1260Candy Apple Redno dateno dateJauce january 2019: ★ Vintage Mosrite USA / 1965 初期 The Ventures Model.
1276 (?)Candy Apple Rednot sure about the serial number, for sale November 2016: Mosrite ’65 The Ventures Model, price: ¥698,000 (5975 EUR/6451 USD then)
1280redno 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…
1294Candy Apple Redno dateno datepictures here at facebook: Mosrite The Ventures Model 1294
1304Ink Blue
1316Candy Apple Red
1322red
1337met. bluescrews through neckplate
1344Candy Apple Red with CAR neckno dateno dateowner: purchased in Dec ’64/Jan’65, more info and pictures here at the mosriteforum: Survey of Mosrite serial numbers ***Please read***
1355blackinfo 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.
1362Blueburst (yellowed to Greenburst), natural neck (ref., originally Sunburst)pots, switch, wires, strap buttons changed; eBay March 2018: original 1965 MOSRITE Mark I „The Ventures“ model VIBRAMUTE Green Burst REFINISH, BIN 2190 USD
1369Pearl White
1375Sunburston the 2009 Orlando Guitar Show, picture here: Mosrites @ The `09 Orlando Guitar Show, for sale then for 3000 USD.
1387Sunburstfrom 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).
1387Sunburstfrom 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).
1395Ink Bluesold April 2011 at heritageauction: 1965 Mosrite Ventures Model Sunburst Electric Guitar, # 1395
1423Ink BlueNov 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…
1438Sunburstbought new in December 1965 from Hospie’s Music in Omaha, NE; info by Gary Wertz
1478Sunburstneck pu changed to humbucker
1483black/blackon eBay November 2015 together with a Fender Showman amp: 1963-64 Fender Showman Amp 1963-64 Ventures Mosrite Guitar, starting at 12000 USD ;)
1504Pearl White
1505red
1510Pearl White
1521Sunburston 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.
1545Candy Apple Red
1562Pearl White
1573Candy Apple Red
1577Candy Apple Red
1583black
1609Sales model (CAR/Pearl White/Ink Blue)Aug 7 1965 011Reverb June 2019: Rare 1965 Mosrite Ventures Vibramute Sales Model in 3 Custom Colors with Non-TM Pickups & OHSC, price: $15,995/€14,724. Pots 65-33. Thanks to RP for showing.
1613Pearl White
1616Candy Apple RedeBay October 2018: Mosrite 1965 Mark-1 The Ventures Model with Viramute Vintage , Regular Condition.
1626Ink Bluepictures here at facebook: Mosrite Ventures 1965
1655turquoise met. (ref ?)
17xxPearl White (ref.)Jul 11 1965 0027 and 0031Jul 10 1965 0031Spun 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
1827Pearl WhiteOct 65 (?)Oct 65 (?)dates according to owner. Non original headstock logos.
1828SunburstAug 65Aug 65signed by Nokie Edwards, thanks for the info to L.H.
1835Sunburst
1861Candy Apple Red
1912black
1919met. blue
1927Sunburst
1965SunburstSep 1 1965 050 (?)006 (?)All dates according to owner.
1966SunbursteBay April 2018: Mosrite Ventures Guitar w/HC, starting at 1600 USD. Lacquer partially sanded away.
1973Sparkle Gold-RedburstSep 1 1965 039Aug 3 1965 022Reverb June 2019: Very Rare 1965 Mosrite Ventures Vibramute in Custom Color Sparkle Sunburst & Original Hardshell Case, price: $20,000/€18,410. Pots 64-31. Thanks to RP for showing.
1993Sunburst
2008Candy Apple Red
2031originally Ink Blue, refinished Candy Apple RedDec 15 1965 0012 (?)Nov 11 1965pictures at facebook: This guitar is an early 1965 model of S/N 2031
2043Sunburst
2054SunburstThanks to P.V. from Belgium for the info! Pictures here: Mosrite Ventures MK1 1965
2065SunburstVibramute, spun knobs, pickups without (R), BUT trussrod nut at headstock!
mosriteforum October 2019: Need help identifying Mosrite
2067Sunburst, ref. blackeBay April 2015: 1965 Mosrite Ventures Model Vibramute
2068met. blueNov 03 1965 0004Sep 16 1965 002
2075Sunburstowned by Jerry Finn
2103 (?)SunburstSep 25 1965 016xxx xx 1965 016serial number hard to read on the pictures. Ad at hyperguitars here: Mosrite ’65 The Ventures Model, price: ¥ 450,000. Body date unreadable.
2136Sunburstsold April 2012 at heritageauction: 1966 Mosrite Ventures Sunburst Solid Body Electric Guitar, Serial # 2136
2153Sunburstauction April 2015: American Electric Guitar, Mosrite, California, Model The Ventures, 1965, sold for 1968 USD.
2156 (?)Candy Apple Red (ref.)from B.S.’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.
2192Candy Apple Red
2211Candy Apple Redsigned by the Ventures
2221SunbursteBay April 2016: MOSRITE 1965 VENTURES MODEL, BIN 2500 USD.
2280Candy Apple RedYahoo July 2018: 1965年製 Mosrite USA The Ventures Model 憧れのモズライト ベンチャーズ モデル 1965 Oldオリジナル キャンディ アップル レッド カラー, 798,000円.
2292SunburstOct 5 1965 018Sep 21 1965 016
2293SunburstOct 6 1965 014Sep 23 1965 017accourding to the owner wrong schaller tuners, pickguard, trem arm and switch tip – thanks a lot to J.S. for the detailled info!
?Candy Apple RedOct 14 1965 018Sep 22 1965 002
2313Ink BlueOct 14 1965 036Sep 22 1965 001
2321black (ref.)eBay October 2015, sold in parts: VINTAGE MOSRITE VENTURES 1965 EZ PROJECT
removed s/nSunburstOct 04 1965 040Oct 02 1965 003
2337Pearl White
2430redeBay October 2016: 1965 Mosrite The Ventures Vintage Guitar Strawberry Red, BIN 4250 USD.
2536Ink Blue (ref.)Oct 25 1965 003restauration thread here at OffsetGuitars:
1965 Mosrite Restoration. Finished
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2551redeBay March 2020 Mosrite 1965 The Ventures Model Strawberry Red Used, BIN 7479 USD from Japan; 4.24kg.
?Candy Apple RedOct 27 1965 014037 (number only)restauration thread here at OffsetGuitars:
1965 Mosrite Restoration. Finished
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?silver (ref.) over Sparkle BlueFred Sonic Smith’s, facebook October 2019: Dad was in the MC5.

Mosrite Ventures guitar – type 4 (Moseley vibrato)

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242xInk BlueeBay 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).
2432Sunburstsold May 2011 at heritageauction: 1965 Mosrite Ventures Sunburst Electric Guitar # 2432
2442Ink Blue
2498white
2554Sunburst
2560Sunburstsold February 2012 at heritageauction: 1966 Mosrite The Ventures Model Sunburst Electric Guitar, Serial # 2560
2578blue
2584Ink BlueMoseley tailpiece, smooth knobs, thanks for the info to Larry Haley.
2700Pearl WhitePicture and description here at surfguitar101.com: 1965 Mosrite Ventures s/n 2700, 100% original in pearl white with tortoise guard
2750white ref.spun knobs
2760whiteM-knobs
2767whiteM-knobs
2769SunbursteBay January 2015: MOSRITE VENTURES Model Guitar VENTURES I/MARK I (Model 102) 1965. HONEST RELIC, BIN 3995 USD
2786Pearl WhiteM-knobs
2795brown (stripped and stained?)M-knobs; refinished by Bill Gruggett in 2000
2801Ink BlueeBay November 2015: 1966 MOSRITE VENTURES MODEL – RARE INK BLUE – VERY FEW MADE IN THIS COLOR, sold by M.M., BIN 4999.99 USD.
2817Pearl White (ref. Pearl Whitereshaped body; thanks to D.W. for the info.
2818SunburstNov 08 1965 0015Oct 14 1965 021pots 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
2827refinished blue with paintingthanks to Dan!
2833blackOct 28 1965 034
2873whiteNov 30 1965 0001Nov 16 1965 0048
2879white (ref.)sold May 2011 at heritageauction: 1965 Mosrite Ventures White Electric Guitar #2879, replaced pickguard, stripped neck
2930Pearl WhiteFred Sonic Smith’s, facebook October 2019: Dad was in the MC5.
Not completely sure about the s/n; pickups changed to humbucker (neck) and P90 (bridge).
2958red
2967white
2972SunburstNov 2 1965 0035eBay September 2019: 1965 Mosrite Electric Guitar, sold for 1625 USD.
2983Sunburst
3042blueThanks to TT for showing.
3081Ink Bluepot dates 65-33, Reverb July 2016: Vintage 1965 Mosrite „The Ventures Model“ guitar in rare&stunning Ink Blue Metallic finish!, price 4800 USD.
eBay April 2018: 1965 Mosrite Ventures Model 60’s 65 Vintage Original Electric Guitar Blue from South Korea, BIN 3,500 USD.
3100Pearl WhiteThanks to R.P. for his correction and contribution!
3108Pearl WhitePicture here at facebook
31xx (?)blackDec 30 1965My notes say 3100, but now a white 3100 has appeared ;)
3151Candy Apple Green (?)Pictures on facebook, March 2020: Hi,this is my mosrite🔥…what do you think?.
3155Candy Apple RedThankt to R.K. for the info
317xSunburstJan 12 1966 0015Dec 2 1965 0010serial 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″
3198Candy Apple RedHeritage auctions October 2016: 1965 Mosrite Ventures Metallic Red Solid Body Electric Guitar, Serial # 3198, Weight 8.4 lbs.
3200sparkle redJan 4 1966, pencil: 0011Nov 4 1965 0014pots 65-34, eBay February 2018: RARE original 1966 MOSRITE The Ventures model Mark I RED SPARKLE/METAL FLAKE!!!, BIN 6190 USD.
3252whiteDec 1965Thanks to R.V. for the info and the pictures. Played in the Ramones tribute band Rumbones.
3254met. blue
3274Sunburst
3275 (?)SunburstDec 1965Dec 1965serial 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
3311Candy Apple RedDec 65Dec 65short M knobs, Moseley tailpiece, thanks for the info to L.H.
3320whitesold April 2011 at heritageauction: 1965 Mosrite Ventures White Solid Body Electric Guitar, #3320
3346SunburstReverb, March 2018:
Mosrite Ventures Mk1 1965 original sunburst
, price 2250 EUR
3349SunburstDec 13 1965Dec 3 1965info from facebook – thanks to J.L. for posting those dates!
3395black, neck blackeBay March 2015: Chet’s old Mosrite The Ventures MK1 all black – Original – No Mods, 1965 – 0001 Rubber Stamped, 3395 stamped on Fretboard, Case
3429met. blue
3464SunburstJan 6 1966 0012Mar 8 1966 0011eBay February 2017: Early 1966 Vintage MOSRITE Ventures Electric Guitar, Original Case, Great Player
3470Sunburstsold April 2011 at heritageauction: 1966 Mosrite Ventures Model #3470
3472Sunburst
3487SunburstDec 16 1965Mar 7 1966Thanks to RV for the info!
3496met. blue
3503met. red (ref)
3516Dark 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“.
3517Candy Apple Red
3556Sunburst
3568Sunburstsold April 2011 at heritageauction: Circa 1965 Mosrite The Ventures Model Sunburst Electric Guitar # 3568
3640Candy Apple RedSerial number according to owner, picture on facebook, March 2020: I have a Candy Red 3640 from 66.
3662Sunburst
3668Candy Apple Red
3672Candy Apple RedFeb 9 1966 0028replacement pots, ad here: Mosrite Ventures Candy Apple Red 1966, price: 4950 USD
3716Ink BlueReverb March 2015: Mosrite Ventures 1965 Blue Metallic, price: 2500 EUR from Rome.
3738SunbursteBay December 2015: 1966 Mosrite Ventures guitar, BIN 4000 USD.
3740black
3850SunburstJun 1966 (?)Oct 1965 (?)thanks to Tom for his contribution. All dates told by owner, I’ve never seen a picture.
4003blackoutlier with trussrod adjustment at neck’s heel. For sale October 2015 here: 1966 Mosrite The Ventures modèle MK I.
4074SunburstFeb 22 1966outlier with trussrod adjustment at neck’s heel. Reverb June 2016: Mosrite Ventures- February 1966 Sunburst-Bill Gruggett, 4495 USD.
4143whiteoutlier with trussrod adjustment at neck’s heel.
no s/nInk BlueFeb xx 1966sold October 2015 at heritageauction: 1966 Mosrite Ventures Blue Metallic Solid Body Electric Guitar.

Mosrite Ventures guitar – type 5 (trussrod adjustment nut at headstock)

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3670redReverb April 2020: Pre-Owned 1967 Mosrite Ventures – Express Shipping, price US$ 3,900.
Serial number according to seller, date in ad is wrong, it’s a 1966. Large, early trussrod cover!
3768bluepictures and story at facebook: My main battle axe for over the past fifty years.
Reverb January 2019: Mosrite Ventures Electric Guitar – ( Jimi Hendrix auditioned ), price US$ 6,900.
3778redMay 27 1966 0029Dec 15 1965 0040 „Dee“ad here at musicstorelive.com: 1966 Mosrite The Ventures Model MKI, Red, price: $3,699.00.
3911blacktortoise red pickguard; eBay November 2015: 1965 USA MOSRITE „The Ventures“ ELECTRIC GUITAR W/ OHSC, S/N 3911, starting at 2495 USD.
3916Ink Bluenot 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).
3935Sunburst
4024Sunburstfor sale March 2016, ad here: Mosrite 【中古】 V.1966 VENTURESMODEL 【横浜店】, price: ¥298,000.
4051blueAs of February 2003 pus changed to humbuckers, G, B and e string through the body and second output jack added.
4088Sunburst
4134Sunburst
4164Sunburst
4185stripped and dyedheavily modified/re-shaped, pictures here at facebook.
4209Candy Apple Redsold December 2011 at heritageauction: 1966 Mosrite Ventures Candy Apple Red Solid Body Electric Guitar, Serial # 4209
4260SunburstThanks to H.N. for his contribution.
4292met. blue
4308redno date but „Joe Maphis“ and „4308“ written in pencilApr 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.
4335Ink Blue1966, eBay January 2020, ad here: MOSRITE VENTURES GUITAR FROM THE 1960’s real thing!
, BIN USD 2,999.99.
4361Candy Apple Red1966, eBay August 2016, ad here: VENTURES Guitar MOSRITE 1968 model California in EXCELLENT CONDITION, starting at USD 3,500.00. Large trussrod cover. Date in ad is wrong ;)
4380Pearl Whitefor sale June 2016, ad here: ★vintage Mosrite The Ventures Model 1966年 Pearl White, price: ¥398,000.
4406SunbursteBay February 2019: Mosrite Ventures Model Electric Guitar Vintage Mosrite From Japan Used, price: 2740USD
4462Pearl Whitepictures at facebook: This guitar is the 1966 model of S/N 4462
4519bluesold May 2011 at heritageauction: 1966 Mosrite Ventures Blue Electric Guitar, #4519. I think I read 4512…
4527Sparkle Candy Apple Red (original!)no dateunreadableebay 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. De-finished back to its original color by Phil.
4539purple met (ref)
4572Sunburstsold 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.“
4577Ink BlueSigned by Leon Taylor, Bob Spalding, Don Wilson, and Nokie Edwards, eBay September 2016: 1966 Mosrite – Signed by The Ventures, starting at 4250 USD.
4568Sunburstyahoo April 2018: 中古 希少 激レア Mosrite Ventures Model 66年製 ヴィンテージ エレキ ギター ケース付 Y2515575
4615Sunburstreverb June 2016: 1966 Mosrite Ventures Model MK 1 Sunburst vintage with original case, 2999 USD.
eBay August 2019: Mosrite 1966 Vintage Sun Burst Ventures Model Guitar Surfs Up!, sold for 1750 USD USD.
4617Sunburstsigned by the Ventures
4628body missingno bodyin parts, headstock has M carvin cut, no logos anymore (as of August 2002)
4630Sunbursthas serial number stamped in body (covered by pickguard)
4634SunburstAuction October 2012: American Electric Guitar, Mosrite of California, „Ventures Model,“ 1965, sold for 2280 USD.
4635SunburstHeritage Auctions May 2018: Circa 1966 Mosrite Ventures Sunburst Solid Body Electric Guitar, Serial # 4635
4636Sunburst
4638Sunburst
4674Candy Apple RedThanks to J.G. for his contribution!
4759Sunburst
4801Sunburstbody binding added
4825Sunburstsold April 2011 at heritageauction: 1960s Mosrite Ventures Model Sunburst Electric Guitar, # 4825
4826Sunburstno dateno dateFound in this 2009 Mosriteforum thread: Neck / body stamps?.
4839Ink BlueeBay December 2015: Mosrite Ventures – Ink Blue „All Original“ 1966, BIN 4250 USD. Serial number may be 4839, a little hard to read.
4865met. blue
4867Sunburst
4914SunbursteBay November 2015: Vintage 1966 Mosrite Ventures Sunburst W/ Case , BIN 3795 USD.
4922body missingno dateno bodyneck only, no logos anymore
4978SunburstThanks to P.G. for his contribution.
498x (?)Sunburst
V5029Ink Blueoriginally sold in Michigan March 21, 1967
V5050Candy Apple Redfor sale June 2016, ad here: 【ビンテージ】 モズライト Mosrite Ventures Model 1966年製, price: ¥260,000.
V5054Ink BlueThanks to Brian for his contribution.
V5127Sunburst
V5135SunbursteBay February 2019: Mosrite Ventures Model 1967 1968 Used
, price 2513 USD.
V5170red
V5175Candy Apple Red
V5179redVideo on youtube here: SIGNED BY THE RAMONES!! Vintage Mosrite Ventures Guitar Review
V5190Candy Apple Redno dateno date but serial number blind stamped plus „HELEN“ ink red inkReverb February 2019: Mosrite Ventures 1966 Candy Apple Red, starting at 3595 USD/3270 EUR. Serial number a little hard to read on the pix but I guess I did it right.
V5199redeBay October 2015: 1966 MOSRITE THE VENTURES, starting at 3100 USD
V5211Ink BlueeBay 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.
V5217Ink Blue, refinished redApr 28 1965 0012eBay April 2018: 1960’s MOSRITE VENTURES GUITAR pacific blue, BIN 2400 USD. Looks like it’s refretted, including a re-stamped serial number after the 19th fret.
As of June 2018 it’s refinished red: MOSRITE VENTURES MODEL GUITAR made april 1966, BIN 2200 USD.
V5262redeBay: 1966 MOSRITE VENTURES MODEL GUITAR – VERY RARE ORIGINAL RED FINISH, for sale by M.M., BIN 4999.99 USD
V5315blue
V5317pink
V5341Candy Apple Redsold May 2017 at Guitar Center: Vintage Mosrite 1967 Ventures Model Solid Body Electric Guitar
no s/nCandy Apple Redsold 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 (no Ventures logo at headstock)

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V5322SunbursteBay 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
V5330Sunburstno dateno datepot dates 6647 (November 1966), all original in near mint condition with OHSC – thanks to Massimo for the info!
V5347Sunburst (body refinished black)tuners replaced by Grovers, 4 neck screws through plate, pickups: neck 10.62kΩ, bridge 9.87kΩ, no Ventures logo, 4.01kg, s/n in add is wrong (V6347); eBay February 2020: Mosrite Ventures Model Black Refin 1960s, BIN 1995 USD or Reverb February 2020: Mosrite Ventures Model Black Refin 1960s, price 1878 EUR.
V5354marooneBay August 2016: Mosrite made 1967 The Ventures Model, no Ventures logo, 3.92 kg, BIN 4275 USD, from Japan.
V5405maroonNov 1965 (?)Oct 13 1966 (?)pots date: 66-47, all dates according to Fretted Americana’s ad: The Ventures Mark 1 Guitars , no Ventures logo
V5439purple
V5456Sunburst
V5499SunbursteBay February 2016: Vintage Mosrite 1967 Mark I Guitar Sunburst The Ventures with Case Original, BIN 2599 USD. Refretted in 2006.
V5509California Grapehas Ventures logo (I only have a very small picture – may be a decal)
V5510Candy Apple Redthanks to D.L. for the info.
The serial number may be a duplicate or S.H.’s misread it.
V5510Sunburstthanks to S.H. for the info.
The serial number may be a duplicate or S.H.’s misread it.
V5515Candy Apple Redthanks to S.H. for the info.
V5536refinished metallic blueRefretted, weight 3.55kg; Reverb February 2020: Mosrite Ventures Moseley – 1966 – Blue Metallic, price 1878 EUR.
V5583Sunburst
V5642Sunburst
V5658Candy Apple Red
V5738Candy Apple Red or Ink Blue (partially stripped)3 neck screws without neck plate
V5793SunburstKluson 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].
V5877refinished metallic green (Sunburst)neck and body only, eBay March 2020: Mosrite 1967 Metallic Green Mark I Body & Neck, BIN 799.99USD.
V5901 + H1240SunburstJapanese tuners (original), 4 neck screws without neck plate
V6079SunburstKluson 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

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V0003SunburstSunburst 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)
V0005SunburstSunburst headstock, Japanese tuners, 4 screws through plate, pix here: Mosrite 70? – thanks to KS for showing me.
V0031SunburstSunburst 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.
V0044RedburstRedburst headstock, Japanese tuners replaced with Schallers, half Moseley vibrato, pots dated 19th week of 1971 – thanks to TM for the info and the pictures!
V0109Sunburstnatural headstock, Japanese tuners, Craigslist July 2016 ad here: 1971 Mosrite Ventures V serial # – $2250 (East Valley), non original switch tip, price 2250 USD.
V0122blackblack headstock, Japanese tuners
V0135SunburstSunburst headstock, Japanese tuners, 4 screws through plate. Thanks to CG for info and pictures.
V0183Redburstnatural headstock, Japanese tuners; since 1999: Gotho tuners, Gibson style tailpiece and bridge, no Mosrite pus in original pu covers. Pots date: 72-28
V0187blacknatural 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!
V0236Sunburstnatural headstock, Japanese tuners
V0264Sunburstblack headstock, Japanese tuners
V0270RedburstRedburst headstock, Japanese tuners, Christie’s October 2008: Lot 76 MOSRITE, sold for USD 1,625.
V0295SunburstCraigslist March 2019: 1974 Mark V, price: 2100 USD. 1974, according to the owner. Thanks to J.R. for the info!
V0389Sunburstnatural headstock, bridge changed, found in trash, mosriteforum October 2020: Found free guitar in trash, Need help appraising it.
V0395SunburstSunburst headstock, tuners changed, eBay January 2015: Original 1970 Mosrite Mark I, BIN was 1990 EUR (2245 USD then), sold for less
V0398Sunburstnatural headstock, Japanese tuners
V0487SunburstSunburst headstock, Kluson tuners, body+neck at eBay January 2018: Mosrite 1974 Sunburst Mark Ventures Body & Neck, BIN 900 USD/724 EUR
V0510blacknatural headstock, Kluson tuners
V0522blacknatural headstock, Kluson tuners, Reverb ad here: Early ’70s Mosrite Moseley – Black, price £2,495.
V0546Redburstnatural headstock, Kluson tuners
V0547Ink Blueex Man… or Astro-Man, pictures and story here on facebook: It’s a 70’s model I restored after buying it from the lead guitarist of Man or Astroman? aka Starcrunch.
V0566Sunburstnatural headstock, Kluson tuners, eBay September 2015: MOSRITE Ventures of California 1973. Beautiful Sunburst., BIN USD 3995.-
V0568Sunburstnatural headstock, Kluson tuners
V0599no bodyneck only, has had Kluson tuners
V0613Sunburstnatural headstock, Kluson tuners
V0632Sunburstnatural headstock, Kluson tuners
V0633Sunburstnatural headstock, Kluson tuners – eBay June 2016: Mosrite early 70’s post Ventures, starting at 1650 USD, BIN 2200 USD.
V0648blacknear mint condition, pots 1377037 (CTS, 37th week of 1970)
V0708no bodyneck only, has had Kluson tuners, natural headstock, eBay February 2016: VINTAGE ORIGINAL MOSRITE SEMIE MOSELEY VENTURES MARK I ELECTRIC GUITAR NECK.
V0731blackeBay October 2019: Mosrite The Ventures Mark I 1971 USA Black All Original Guitar w/ Original Case, starting at 2939 USD
V0926Sunburstnatural 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

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2V003SunburstKluson tuners, thanks to F.V. for info and pictures!
2V0014SunburstKluson tuners
2V0029SunburstKluson tuners, eBay November 2015: MOSRITE VENTURES “NO LOGO” V-Series 1973 Double bypass switches. Beautiful Semie, BIN 4495 USD.
2V0042Redburstnatural headstock, Kluson tuners
2V0079black, neck blackCraigslist March 2019: 1973 Mosrite Mark VII Guitar /w OHSC – $3500, price: 3600 USD. 1973, according to the owner. Thanks to J.R. for the info!
2V0101RedburstRedburst headstock, Kluson tuners
2V0101RedburstRedburst headstock, Kluson tuners
2V0110Sunburstnatural headstock, Kluson tuners
2V0111SunburstKluson 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

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0033Candy Apple Red1964 (according to Semie’s autograph), signed by Semie Moseley in 1988 – Moseley tremolo, so it may be from 1965?
90006Pearl WhiteVibramute, no Ventures logo
T051Candy Apple RedMoseley, no Ventures logo, eBay July 2016: Vintage Mosrite Of CA.12 String Electric Guitar–Red Solid Body W/Vibrato + Case, starting at 5500 USD
T073SunburstDec 20 1965 0014Dec 14 1965 0001Moseley, no Ventures logo, eBay January 2015: MOSRITE MARK XII (12 String). 1965 (Made in December 1965) SN: T073. SUNBURST., BIN 2995 USD
T094redno Ventures logo
T108Candy Apple RedJan 28 1966Oct 5 1965no Ventures logo, thanks to C.R. for the info!
T131Lake Placid BlueVentures logo
T135met. blueVentures logo
T231blackVentures logo, trussrod nut at heel, body+neck only, eBay May 2018: Mosrite 1966 Black Mark XII Ventures 12 String Body & Neck, BIN 1100 USD
T276SunburstApr 8 1966 0011no bodyVentures logo, trussrod nut at headstock
T310SunburstVentures logo
T318SunburstApr 26 1966 0016May 2 1966 001Ventures logo, pots 66-2x, handwritten in neck pocket: „Carrillo“
T383SunburstVentures logo
T405Pearl WhiteJun 2 1966 0013Nov 30 1965 0006Ventures logo, Moseley vibrato, near mint; Reverb February 2020: Vintage 1966 Mosrite Ventures 12 String Electric Guitar Mark XII Near Mint Pearl White with HSC, price 5999USD/5648EUR.
T414whiteVentures logo
T479?Jul 20 1966 0004neck only1966; no Ventures logo, neck only
T541met. blueno 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.
T548met. blueno Ventures logo, Moseley tailpiece, 3.8kg, ad July 2017 here: ☆1967y・Vintage Full Ori Mosrite12String Custom Colour☆, 260,000円
T581Sunburstno Ventures logo; Reverb November 2019: Video Demo 1966 Mosrite Mark XII 12 String Sunburst Pro Setup Original Hard Shell Case, price 2999USD/2824EUR.
T620Sunburstno Ventures logo, stoptail
T683Sunburstno Ventures logo, stoptail
T688Sunburstno Ventures logo, stoptail; Reverb February 2020: Mosrite Ventures XII 1966 Sunburst 12-string electric guitar, price 2250 USD.
T696Sunburstno Ventures logo, Moseley tremolo, ad here: Mosrite <モズライト>
1960s Mark XII
.
?Candy Apple RedJul 21 1966 00xno Ventures logo, stoptail, handwritten in neck pocket: „Shu– 9/27/67“ (?)
T738Pearl 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

typebodyjacknecklogotunerspickupstruss adjyearss/n circa
1triple boundsidesetlargeKluson(1) smoothbody63-645000-5045
2unboundtopscrewedlargeKluson(1) smoothbody645045-5180
3unboundtopscrewedsmallKluson(1) smooth or logobody64-665180-6200
4unboundtopscrewedsmallMosrite „duckfeet“(2) logobody666080-6400
5unboundtopscrewedsmallMosrite „duckfeet“(2) logoheadstock66-686400-7000
6unboundtopscrewednoMosrite „duckfeet“(2) logoheadstock68-697000-8100

Mosrite Ventures bass – type 1

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5002Sunburstside jack, plastic poti knobs, 4 pg screws, triple body binding, binding at neck heel, large Ventures logo
5004Sunburstside 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
5012California Blueside jack, metal poti knobs, 3 pg screws, triple body binding, binding at neck heel, large Ventures logo
5023Sunburstside 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
5025Sunburstside jack, metal poti knobs, 3 pg screws, triple body binding, binding at neck heel, large Ventures logo
5041Sunburstside jack, metal poti knobs, 3 pg screws, triple body binding, binding at neck heel, large Ventures logo, pot dates 49th week of 1963; 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.
Again for sale in 2019: Mosrite Ventures Bass 1963 Sunburst, price: 7495 USD, dropped to 5995 USD.

Mosrite Ventures bass – type 2

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5052Sunbursttop jack, metal poti knobs, 8 pg screws, no body binding, no binding at neck heel, large Ventures logo
5068whiteno dateno datemetal poti knobs, 8 pg screws, no or removed Ventures logo
5069Sunburst1964, metal poti knobs, 8 pg screws, three potis, 1963 according to Fillmore’s 1993 calendar, large Ventures logo
5077blackmetal poti knobs, 8 pg screws, small Ventures logo
5173Candy Apple Red2PU, 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 whiteJohn 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

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0001goldearly 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
5166Candy Apple Red/Candy Apple Redno dateno dateCandy Apple Red headstock and neck, small logo, thanks to MK for the info.
5185Candy Apple Red/Candy Apple RedCandy Apple Red headstock and neck, pots 65-03; pictures at hyperguitars: Mosrite ’65 The Ventures Bass
5202white, stripped, refinishedno dateno datestory here at mosriteforum: ’64 Ventures Bass #5202 „Much Better Than Expected“ Project Complete.
5206Ink Blue/Ink Blueno dateno date1965, Dave’s World of Fun Stuff video here: Mosrite Ventures Bass Guitar.
5220SunbursteBay January 2019: 1965 Mosrite The Ventures Bass Guitar, sold for 1,250USD, thanks to P.W. for the info.
5278cherryburst1965
5294black1965, no headstock logos
5300Ink Blueno dateno date1965, pots 65-2x, ad at oliviasvintageguitars April 2018: 1965 Mosrite THE VENTURES Bass INK BLUE. Price: 2195 USD.
53xxSunburst
5317black
5320black (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.
5321Candy Apple Red
5370met. blue (ref.)added bridge pu
5371Sunburst
5400Pearl WhiteJul 14 1965 039Jul 24 1965 013auctiuoned October 2018 here: : トラ目ネック MOSRITE ビンテージ1965 パールホワイト ベンチャーズ Bass.
54×1redfor sale December 2014, again on eBay June 2016: Mosrite Mark-I Bass ’65 Strawberry Red. I guess the s/n is 5421.
54×4Candy Apple Redauctioned October 2018 here: モズライト・ベースギター・キャンディーレッド1965年 オールドモデル.
5412white
5428Ink Blue (yellowed)hyperguitars July 2018: Mosrite ’65 The Ventures Bass, price ¥180,000. Bridge cover missing, one pot changed, 3,83kg.
5433Sunburst
5437redeBay July 2018 Original 1965 Mosrite THE VENTURES Bass, starting at 1200 USD.
5461blackadded bridge pu
5472redAug 24 1965 0xxJul 21 1965 0141965; 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.
For sale again December 2018 at Reverb: Mosrite Ventures Bass 1965 Custom Color Strawberry Red, price: 2,299 USD/2,088 EUR.
5494ASunburstSep 15 1965 007Oct 25 1965 018added bridge pu, hole closed
5507Candy Apple Red (ref.)no dateno dateRefinished, 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.
5508Sunburst3.6kg, jauce.com August 2018: ◇格安!オールド モズライト ベースギター ’65 (Mosrite Bass 1965年、USA、サンバースト).
55×7dark met. blue
5524black/blackAug 30 1965 007Jul 27 1965 009eBay November 2016 Mosrite Bass von 1965. Black with rare black neck and headstock, sometimes called Tuxedo. Now mine, pictures here: Mosrite Ventures Bass 1965 black.
5532maroon met.found at the Mosrite Ventures Model Owners List
5586blackfound at the Mosrite Ventures Model Owners List
5598Candy Apple Red refinished to Pearl WhiteSep 1965Sep 1965found at Reverb December 2018 Mosrite Ventures Bass 1965 Pearl White – Signed By The Ventures, price 4,799 USD/4,359 EUR. Dates according to seller, pickguard changed to a turtoise reproduction, bridge position changed, sihgned by the Ventures (Don Wilson, Bob Bogle, Nokie Edwards, Bob Spalding, Leon Taylor)
56×3white (ref.)new tuners (drilled holes)
5658blueM-knobs, pot dates 65-34; eBay April 2015: VINTAGE 1965 MOSRITE VENTURES BASS IN CUSTOM COLOR BLUE, BIN 3000 USD
5659Sunburstspun 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 0001Oct 12 1965 003spun 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.
57×1 (?)SunburstOct 16 1965 016Oct 21 1965 023x7x1 (hard to read), M-knobs, pot dates 65-33; pictures at hyperguitars: MOSRITE ’65 THE VENTURES BASS
5709redNovember 1965
5751Candy Apple Red
5757blueNov 24 1965 0003Oct 20 1965 012sold at Reverb October 2016 Mosrite Ventures Bass 1965 Blue, 1,453.66 EUR.
5761black/black (refinished)sold February 2012 at heritageauctions Late 1960s Mosrite The Ventures Black Electric Bass Guitar, #5761, changed pickup, 1978 pots.
5847white
5848Ink Blue (stripped)Jan 10 1966 0017Oct 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“.
5858Sunburstpots date 65-34
5920redyahoo April 2018: ◇オールド モズライト ベースギター ’65 (Mosrite Bass 1965年、U.S.A、赤), 410,000円, jauce.com August 2018: ◇オールド モズライト ベースギター ’65 (Mosrite Bass 1965年、U.S.A、赤)
5928red met.1965 or 66, found at the Mosrite Ventures Model Owners List
594xwhite1965 or 66, replacement knobs
5945SunburstJan 6 1966 0008Aug 19 1965 013M-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 BlueJan 19 1966 0018Dec 16 1965 001459×5 (hard to read), M-knobs, pot dates 66-05; pictures at hyperguitars: MOSRITE ’66 THE VENTURES BASS
6017 (?)Ink BlueFeb 10 1966 0011Nov 22 1965 045 (?)60×7 (hard to read), M-knobs; pictures at hyperguitars: MOSRITE ’66 THE VENTURES BASS
6029blue
6031Ink Blue1966, 65 according to Fillmore’s 1993 calendar
6044Candy Apple RedFeb 18 1966 0022Oct 19 1965 039
6052white or Pearl WhiteYahoo ad here: Mosrite モズライト ’66オールド BASS.
6061Sunburst
6104Pearl White1966 or 1965, 1pu, Kluson tuners 1965 according to Fillmore’s 1993 calendar
6113SunburstKluson tuners
6114Pearl WhiteKluson tuners
6123met. red (ref.?)Kluson tuners, neck Sunburst
6x3xSunburstKluson tuners
6137Candy Apple RedKluson tuners, 3,98Kg; ad here at hyperguitars: Mosrite ’66 The Ventures Bass, price: ¥ 298,000.
6141Sunburst (ref.)Mar 22 1966 0013Kluson tuners, 3,51kg; pictures at hyperguitars: Mosrite ’66 The Ventures Bass, price: ¥ 300,000.
6175 (?)Ink Bluetrussrod nut at body end, 617x (hard to read), M-knobs; pictures at hyperguitars: MOSRITE ’66 THE VENTURES BASS
6181Ink Bluetrussrod nut 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
6186bluethanks to J.G. for photo and info! trussrod nut at body end, 1pu, Kluson tuners, M-knobs, logo pickup
6195Candy Apple RedMar 29 1966 0009Mar 22 1966 0016trussrod nut at headstock, 1pu, Kluson tuners, belonged to Tom Petersson from Cheap Trick. eBay May 2016: Mosrite ventures Bass mid 60s, BIN 2500 USD.
6196Sunbursttrussrod nut at body end, 1pu, Kluson tuners. eBay March 2015: Mosrite Bass Guitar

Mosrite Ventures bass – type 4

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6 001sparkle blueno dateApril 4 1966 00x1966 Baritone Prototype, 1 pu, 5 piece neck without Ventures logo, trussrod nut at headstock, duckfeet tuners, pictures at Reverb.com: Mosrite Baritone Prototype 1966 Sparkle Blue.
Reverb November 2018: 1966 Mosrite Ventures 6-String „Prototype“ Bass $7995, price: 7995USD.
6088Pearl White2 pu, duckfeet tuners – outlier, early s/n for duckfeet tuners
6200metallic blue (ref.)2 pu, non original Kluson tuners, trussrod nut at body end; for sale at eBay December 2017: MOSRITE VENTURES BASS. 1966. NEW FINISH. BEAUTIFUL., BIN US $2,895.00, non original bridge cover.
6254SunburstApr 1 1966 0008Apr 11 1966 00022 pu, normal routing, Kluson tuners, trussrod nut at body end; for sale in parts at eBay March 2015: body, neck, bridge and pickup; body weight: 4.35 pounds (1.97kg)
6259Sunburstfound at the Mosrite Ventures Model Owners List
6319Sunburstfound at 12fret.com 1967 Mosrite Ventures Bass (SOLD), price: CDN $1750. Date in ad is wrong.

Mosrite Ventures bass – type 5

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6xxxstripped, has been Candy Apple Red or met. blue, sold in partsno dateunreadable2pu, trussrod nut at headstock, duckfeet tuners, routing for 1pu-body with additional routing for switch
6411Sunburstneck only
no number (lost in refret?)blackJun 13 1966 00042 pu, routing for 1pu-body with additional routing for switch, neck pu changed, pg modification
6432red, refinished red, refinished whiteJun 13 1966 0005Apr 19 1966 00022 pu, normal routing
6445redsold July 2011 at heritageauction: 1966 Mosrite Ventures Model Red Electric Bass Guitar, #6445
6451redJun 16 1966found at the Mosrite Ventures Model Owners List – picture here at facebook: My 1966 Ventures bass #6451
6492whitethanks to D.M. for info and pictures!
651xblue met.
6542naturalreplacement tuners, no neckplate
6585SunburstReverb November 2018: Mosrite Ventures Bass 1966 Sunburst, price: 2995USD
6597Ink Blueno dateno date but s/n handwritten, „Carrillo“pot dates 66-23; pictures at hyperguitars: Mosrite ’66 The Ventures Bass
6666stripped, stainedthread here at offsetguitars: Mosrite Bass – Possible Resto.
6673Candy Apple Red – stripped, stainedsold 2011: 1966 Mosrite The Ventures Model Bass guitar w/hard case
6723Sunburst
6728blackneck black, no logos at headstock
6780Ink Blue (over CAR)Factory Ink Blue over Candy Apple Red (according to seller); Reverb February 2020: Mosrite Ventures Bass 60’s Ink Blue, price 1700USD/1600EUR.
6781Ink BlueeBay 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.
6795Candy Apple Red
6806Sunburstsold April 2011 at heritageauction: Mid-1960s Mosrite Ventures Sunburst Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar, #6806
6812Candy Apple Red, ref. to blondfound at the Mosrite Ventures Model Owners List
6830Sunburst
6858blue met.
6868CAR, ref. white, ref. CAReBay February 2017: ’66 vintage Mosrite bass—beautiful!, refinished, remade headstock logos, remade pickguard, non original case – starting at 910 USD, BIN 1200 USD.
6872Sunburst
6874Sunburstnear mint, pictures here at mosriteforum: Mosrite Ventures Bass Mint: SOLD!!.
6893Candy Apple RedeBay April 2018: 1960s MARK-1 Bass Mosrite F/S from Japan, 4,1kg, BIN 2512 USD.
6899Sunburst
6911Seafoam Green (ref.)found at talkbass.com FS: 1966 Mosrite Ventures Bass
6928maroon met.found at the Mosrite Ventures Model Owners List
6929redtuners changed
6969blue met.
7012Candy Apple Redthanks to J.R. for the info!

Mosrite Ventures bass – type 6

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6984Sunburstsold in parts, eBay ad here: Mosrite 1966 Sunburst Mark Bass Body & Neck
6996Sunburstsold 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.
7023Sunburst
7069black (ref.)re-shaped headstock, replacement tuner, Redburst neck
7104stripped
7112Candy Apple Red
8×36 (?)red ref.painted red (except for headstock’s face), frets removed, bridge pu changed to P-90
R030medium blue

The Ventures model — bass

The early 70s: B-I

1971–1974

B0014–B0556

approx made: 600

Mosrite V-1 Bass 1971–74

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B0001Redburstpickup cutaway for bridge cover; thanks to B.B. for showing me
B0014Sunbursttuner changed
B0039Redburst
B0041Sunburst
B0063Sunburst
B0107black
B0122blacksigned by C.J. Ramone, replacement tuners; for sale April 2017 here: Mosrite Ventures Bass 1971 Black, price: 1900 USD.
B0138Sunburst
B0181Sunburstsold 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 ;)
B0242Sunburst
B0250Candy Apple Red (ref.?)neck Candy Apple Red, headstock’s face Sunburst
B0331blackpictures here at photobucket
B0401Sunburstpots 1377037 (CTS, 37th week of 1970), for sale in 2012 here: VINTAGE EARLY ’70’S MOSRITE BASS
B0417black
B0448SunburstVery 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.
B0556SunburstGrover style tuner
X011Sunburst

The Ventures model — bass

The early 70s: B-II

1971–1974

2B0058

approx made: ?

Mosrite V-2 Bass 1971–74

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2B0058SunbursteBay May 2017: 1970’s Mosrite Ventures Electric Bass Guitar – Semie Moseley made in USA, BIN 1150 USD.

last modification: June 15, 2020