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A very rare offering. This beautiful Ventures Mosrite guitar was hand built by Semie Moseley at Jonas Ridge, NC in 1986. It was the 49th guitar that he built that year and signed by him on the back of the headstock in 1987. Semie did not sell it and put it aside as an excellent example of one of the last reissue Mosrite Ventures he made. It was part of his personal collection when he passed away in 1992. It is in new condition and an extremely rare chance to own a “new” Ventures Mosrite. You will not see a better condition vintage Mosrite guitar for sale.
During Semie Mosley’s last production years at Jonas Ridge, NC guitar production went on very slowly. Semie often worked alone and often completed only a few guitars a week. Semie had his ups and downs in the business; bankruptcy, moving to several locations and a car accident that nearly lost him his leg. During his years at Jonas Ridge, NC he had struggled to continue his guitar manufacturing and through a local college program, contracted a business backer that became a close and personal friend of Semie and his wife Loretta.
When Semie passed away this friend purchased 5 of Semie’s guitars from Loretta to remember him by. Even though he did not play guitar he kept the 5 guitars for over 20 years in memory of his friend Semie. Then in his senior years he decided it was time to pass them along to musicians who will enjoy them and play them again.
As a musician and guitar collector, I was fortunate to buy the 5 guitars as a collection.
This guitar is mint, new, museum quality. I have played it half dozen times in my home, so, upon close examination, you will see in reflected light where the strings kissed the frets.
This guitar was made using the same materials and same specifications as the 60’s originals with 2 important differences:
1. This was entirely hand built by Semie himself, not manufactured under assembly line, factory conditions, as the 60’s originals were. In my opinion, this is a higher quality instrument than the originals.
2. An important improvement: The fret-board is wider than the original 1960’s Ventures. It is 3/16” wider all the way down making it easier to play clean open cords and easier for extreme string bending.
It is truly a spiritual experience to play this guitar. You will really feel the vibes. She plays and sounds awesome.
I am including, as provenance, copies of the following documents I received when I purchased the guitar:
1. A one page letter written by Semie's partner addressed to me explaining his relation with Semi and listing the 5 guitars with descriptions and serial numbers of each.
2. A 2 page business contract (September 1989) between Semie and his partners and signed by all parties.
3. 4 Various letters (1990's) from the Mosrite Company, pertaining to expenses and guitar production, to Semie's partner, signed by Loretta.
4. A period Mosrite Guitars business card.
If you want the best of the best Mosrite Ventures and a high quality instrument that will last a lifetime, this is it.
Comes with her plush lined case in new condition and original hang tags.
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