The real Ventures Model Mosrite was extremely short lived.
In fact "The Ventures" supposedly didn't get paid their royalties on the
few that were made.
So how come there are so many Mosrite guitars out there
that say "The Ventures" on them?
Dealers actually affixed decals on guitars that were
already sold to them. In fact some of the Ventures models predate the original
contract with "The Ventures".
Mosrite is probably one of the most copied
brands of guitars out there besides Fender & Gibson!!!
I have seen over 50 brands names like Dillion,
Madore Aria, Wosrite, Excellent, Fernandes, Guitar Punk, Moserite,
Mosrita, Mosright, Tokai, Jay Turser, Wilson Brothers, Univox,
Sunsmile, and many others too numerous to mention and there are many
who actually go right ahead and actually copy the name. Every
year at NAMM I see yet another couple of Mosrite copies.
The Kings of the copy guitars is of course
Ibanez, They copied hundreds of companies during the 70's. Many of
their copies were better than the originals. I believe their Gibson
copies (At least 100 different models were far better than the
originals) For some unknown reason I don't think Ibanez ever
The only copy I have seen that I thought was
decent was the one that Nokie Edwards is making
"The Hitchhiker" That guitar feels and
plays like a real Mosrite it also sports Seymour Duncan custom
designed Nokie Edwards pickups. (I have decided to carry it
myself) I don't feel it will compete with Mosrite because it costs a
great deal more.
Most of the copy brands are pretty poor.
occasionally someone comes out with a direct forgery. currently
there is one coming out of New York & our New York Attorneys are
getting ready to serve this little maggot papers so be careful if
you see one on ebay because real Mosrite dealers are not allowed to
sell Mosrite on Ebay new or used.