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Re: Bluesbender serial numbers

Postby 101Volts » Fri May 29, 2020 11:47 am

Note added to 68; Forum Member Steelaire17 now owns it.

No # Stamped Section - 1 Guitar:

-- ---: TimR's. No number.

Partial # Section - 1 Guitar:

NO 03x/04x: White. Once owned by Adam (dorkrockrecords.)

Unknown # Section - 6 Guitars:

-- ---: Redburst. Seen "in the UK magazine The Guitar Magazine in the collection of Ross Godfrey who plays with the band Morcheeba." - Sumlin
-- ---: Black. Played by John Reis in 2017. Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQwF5hQhgXj ... =otisserie
-- ---: Black. Used in the band Hole in 1990. May or may not be Sumlin's Black B162 listed below. Youtube video of Hole playing it in 1990: https://youtu.be/vKJCQHxwcms?t=528
-- ---: Red body and neck. https://reverb.com/nz/item/6282103-mosr ... ck-vintage
-- ---: Brown. https://www.blackbookguitars.com/collec ... esbender-1
-- ---: Red. Neck's stripped and neck pickup cavity routed so the bottom end could be closer to the bridge. Available from Gonkulator on Reverb Late April 2018, sold later: https://reverb.com/item/11837350-mosrit ... er-project

Known # Section: 34 Guitars (not counting NO 153, which is listed twice for some reason.)

NO 003
NO 015: Black, appears to be unmodified. Showed up on Reverb on February 21, 2020 from "Weird/Unique Guitars." Reverb Ad: https://reverb.com/item/32577326-mosrit ... 1970-black
NO 016: Black with Sunburst Headstock. Showed up on Reverb in November 2019 in a case and in very good if not excellent condition. This is the only model currently listed with a Sunburst Headstock, and it may be the only one. Reverb Ad: https://reverb.com/item/29460726-1971-m ... -500-black YT Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iO_qqE77jA
NO 028: "Dark Burgundy."
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 031: Color: ?; Owned by Tim Brennan (of Tym Guitars in Australia.)
NO 032: Refretted and modified. Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3676
NO 039
NO 041
NO 045
NO 049: Black. Has heavy weather checking.
NO 068: Black. Missing original pups and knobs. Seller said it's a 1972 model. Update, April 14 2020: For sale from "Britt's Gear Depot" in Texas. The pickups have been replaced with Hallmark Humbuckers, a good replacement. Also has a worn "Lew's Music Center" sticker on the back of the headstock. Comes with a case, maybe the case is original? Reverb Link: https://reverb.com/item/33259555-mosrit ... k-burgundy Update, May 29 2020: Now owned by Forum member Steelaire17. viewtopic.php?f=4&t=7990
NO 071: Black.
Source: http://home.insightbb.com/~marksma/wsb/ ... ip-35.html
NO 077: Refinished in a "Las Vegas Pink." Has TV Jones Pickups on it. Knobs aren't original. Body has binding on both sides, which is unusual, to say the least. I'm uncertain if the binding is original or not. Sold by "RETROVERB MUSIC, INC." Listed in early April, 2020. https://reverb.com/item/33130313-mosrit ... 4Q3AJFzg1k
NO 081: Black. Owned by Jim Diamond.
NO 083: Red.
NO 087: Red (not sure if it was refinished or not.) had a neck repair that wasn't touched up. Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3663
NO 101: Brown. Owned by forum member chartbreaker who bought it (apparently) new in 75 - 76. Played hard, well enjoyed and has a knife mark between pickups.
?? 119: Brown. Seems to have been parted out on eBay. Sources:
https://reverb.com/item/2852359-brown-c ... del-guitar
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mosrite-1970-B ... SwuoxanXpS
NO 127: Brown. Showed up on Reverb on September 1st or 2nd 2019.
Source: https://reverb.com/item/26263169-mosrit ... 1970-brown
NO 133
NO 135: Black.
NO 140: White. Could this have been dorkrockrecords' guitar listed in the unknown exact numbers section, or am I dreaming?
NO 153
NO 153 "Deluxe:" Black - "Made in 1969. It is black with a red tortoise shell pick guard. The scale is 1/8" shorter than the Gibson scale. After taking this picture, it has since been completely restored by my father, the master luthier Bill Gruggett, an original member of the Mosrite Guitars team. Original Mosrite parts were used from his personal stock, except for new high-quality PC-USA pickups, which I requested." Note: I think the "1/8 shorter than Gibson scale" note is wrong; it probably doesn't differ from the typical 1/4 shorter than Gibson scale.
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 160
NO 162: Black. Was owned by Sumlin, and is currently owned by Mark Burletson. This may or may not be the guitar that was played in "Hole" in 1990.
NO 170
NO 172: Sunburst.
NO 177: Black. Number's according to the seller. Appears to be stock. Finish has much checking, and a spot of paint's missing by the output jack. Seller is "RETROVERB MUSIC, INC." https://reverb.com/item/312458-mosrite- ... t-bXLAho0k
NO 180: Brown or Natural.
Source: https://reverb.com/item/3369670-mosrite-bluesbender
NO 190: Cherry Burst.
NO 195: Has a pad on the back.
NO 196: Black. Signed by Nokie Edwards.
NO 203

This list is up to 42 individual guitars (maybe give or take, depending on ones in the unknown # section.)

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1966 Ventures II (German Carved, B670,)
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 1,
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 2,
1976 Brass Rail Deluxe #10,
2013 Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI.

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Re: Bluesbender serial numbers

Postby 101Volts » Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:29 pm

I'm not sure why I never listed Tim Brennan's Blues Bender Deluxe here before. 2 more added. His black one may be NO 031, or it may not be; I'm not yet sure. The Red Burst Deluxe one has no number.


No # Stamped Section - 1 Guitar:

(Blank) : Black. Owned by forum member TimR.
(Blank) : Red Burst, with Deluxe Electronics. Owned by Tim Brennan. Has a Bigsby. This is either a rare Deluxe model, or it's the only one:
https://www.tymguitars.com.au/blogs/blo ... kpBMie_np0

Partial # Section - 1 Guitar:


NO 03?/04?: White. Once owned by Adam (dorkrockrecords.)


Unknown # Section - 7 Guitars:


?: Brown. https://www.blackbookguitars.com/collec ... esbender-1
?: Black, may be NO 031. Owned by Tim Brennan: https://tymguitars.com.au/blogs/blog/14 ... O-ptJ6SsAo
?: Black. Played by John Reis in 2017. Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQwF5hQhgXj ... =otisserie
?: Black. Used in the band Hole in 1990. May or may not be Sumlin's Black B162 listed below. Youtube video of Hole playing it in 1990: https://youtu.be/vKJCQHxwcms?t=528
?: Red body and neck. https://reverb.com/nz/item/6282103-mosr ... ck-vintage
?: Red. Neck's stripped and neck pickup cavity routed so the bottom end could be closer to the bridge. Available from Gonkulator on Reverb Late April 2018, sold later: https://reverb.com/item/11837350-mosrit ... er-project
?: Redburst. Seen "in the UK magazine The Guitar Magazine in the collection of Ross Godfrey who plays with the band Morcheeba." - Sumlin


Known # Section: 34 Guitars (not counting NO 153, which is listed twice for some reason.)


NO 003
NO 015: Black, appears to be unmodified. Showed up on Reverb on February 21, 2020 from "Weird/Unique Guitars." Reverb Ad: https://reverb.com/item/32577326-mosrit ... 1970-black
NO 016: Black with Sunburst Headstock. Showed up on Reverb in November 2019 in a case and in very good if not excellent condition. This is the only model currently listed with a Sunburst Headstock, and it may be the only one. Reverb Ad: https://reverb.com/item/29460726-1971-m ... -500-black YT Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iO_qqE77jA
NO 028: "Dark Burgundy."
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 031: Color: ?; Owned by Tim Brennan (of Tym Guitars in Australia.)
NO 032: Refretted and modified. Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3676
NO 039
NO 041
NO 045
NO 049: Black. Has heavy weather checking.
NO 068: Black. Missing original pups and knobs. Seller said it's a 1972 model. Update, April 14 2020: For sale from "Britt's Gear Depot" in Texas. The pickups have been replaced with Hallmark Humbuckers, a good replacement. Also has a worn "Lew's Music Center" sticker on the back of the headstock. Comes with a case, maybe the case is original? Reverb Link: https://reverb.com/item/33259555-mosrit ... k-burgundy Update, May 29 2020: Now owned by Forum member Steelaire17. viewtopic.php?f=4&t=7990
NO 071: Black.
Source: http://home.insightbb.com/~marksma/wsb/ ... ip-35.html
NO 077: Refinished in a "Las Vegas Pink." Has TV Jones Pickups on it. Knobs aren't original. Body has binding on both sides, which is unusual, to say the least. I'm uncertain if the binding is original or not. Sold by "RETROVERB MUSIC, INC." Listed in early April, 2020. https://reverb.com/item/33130313-mosrit ... 4Q3AJFzg1k
NO 081: Black. Owned by Jim Diamond.
NO 083: Red.
NO 087: Red (not sure if it was refinished or not.) had a neck repair that wasn't touched up. Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3663
NO 101: Brown. Owned by forum member chartbreaker who bought it (apparently) new in 75 - 76. Played hard, well enjoyed and has a knife mark between pickups.
?? 119: Brown. Seems to have been parted out on eBay. Sources:
https://reverb.com/item/2852359-brown-c ... del-guitar
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mosrite-1970-B ... SwuoxanXpS
NO 127: Brown. Showed up on Reverb on September 1st or 2nd 2019.
Source: https://reverb.com/item/26263169-mosrit ... 1970-brown
NO 133
NO 135: Black.
NO 140: White. Could this have been dorkrockrecords' guitar listed in the unknown exact numbers section, or am I dreaming?
NO 153
NO 153 "Deluxe:" Black - "Made in 1969. It is black with a red tortoise shell pick guard. The scale is 1/8" shorter than the Gibson scale. After taking this picture, it has since been completely restored by my father, the master luthier Bill Gruggett, an original member of the Mosrite Guitars team. Original Mosrite parts were used from his personal stock, except for new high-quality PC-USA pickups, which I requested." Note: I think the "1/8 shorter than Gibson scale" note is wrong; it probably doesn't differ from the typical 1/4 shorter than Gibson scale.
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 160
NO 162: Black. Was owned by Sumlin, and is currently owned by Mark Burletson. This may or may not be the guitar that was played in "Hole" in 1990.
NO 170
NO 172: Sunburst.
NO 177: Black. Number's according to the seller. Appears to be stock. Finish has much checking, and a spot of paint's missing by the output jack. Seller is "RETROVERB MUSIC, INC." https://reverb.com/item/312458-mosrite- ... t-bXLAho0k
NO 180: Brown or Natural.
Source: https://reverb.com/item/3369670-mosrite-bluesbender
NO 190: Cherry Burst.
NO 195: Has a pad on the back.
NO 196: Black. Signed by Nokie Edwards.
NO 203

This list is up to 44 individual guitars (maybe give or take, depending on ones in the unknown # section.)

- Austin
1966 Ventures II (German Carved, B670,)
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 1,
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 2,
1976 Brass Rail Deluxe #10,
2013 Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI.

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Re: Bluesbender serial numbers

Postby 101Volts » Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:31 pm

The note for the color of 28 has been changed, and I added one to the Unknown # section.


No # Stamped Section - 2 Guitar:

(Blank) : Black. Owned by forum member TimR.
(Blank) : Red Burst, with Deluxe Electronics. Owned by Tim Brennan. Has a Bigsby. This is either a rare Deluxe model, or it's the only one:
https://www.tymguitars.com.au/blogs/blo ... kpBMie_np0

Partial # Section - 1 Guitar:

NO 03?/04?: White. Once owned by Adam (dorkrockrecords.)


Unknown # Section - 8 Guitars:


?: Brown. https://www.blackbookguitars.com/collec ... esbender-1
?: Black, may be NO 031. Owned by Tim Brennan: https://tymguitars.com.au/blogs/blog/14 ... O-ptJ6SsAo
?: Black. Played by John Reis in 2017. Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQwF5hQhgXj ... =otisserie
?: Black. Used in the band Hole in 1990. May or may not be Sumlin's Black B162 listed below. Youtube video of Hole playing it in 1990: https://youtu.be/vKJCQHxwcms?t=528
?: Black. Showed up for sale from Guitar Wishes in 2019, and they made a video about it. https://guitarwishes.com/product/mosrit ... f88_jsz33k
?: Red body and neck. https://reverb.com/nz/item/6282103-mosr ... ck-vintage
?: Red. Neck's stripped and neck pickup cavity routed so the bottom end could be closer to the bridge. Available from Gonkulator on Reverb Late April 2018, sold later: https://reverb.com/item/11837350-mosrit ... er-project
?: Redburst. Seen "in the UK magazine The Guitar Magazine in the collection of Ross Godfrey who plays with the band Morcheeba." - Sumlin


Known # Section: 34 Guitars (not counting NO 153, which is listed twice for some reason.)


NO 003
NO 015: Black, appears to be unmodified. Showed up on Reverb on February 21, 2020 from "Weird/Unique Guitars." Reverb Ad: https://reverb.com/item/32577326-mosrit ... 1970-black
NO 016: Black with Sunburst Headstock. Showed up on Reverb in November 2019 in a case and in very good if not excellent condition. This is the only model currently listed with a Sunburst Headstock, and it may be the only one. Reverb Ad: https://reverb.com/item/29460726-1971-m ... -500-black YT Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iO_qqE77jA
NO 028: Black. Described as "Dark Burgundy," but it just appears to be the standard Black for these models.
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 031: Color: ?; Owned by Tim Brennan (of Tym Guitars in Australia.)
NO 032: Refretted and modified. Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3676
NO 039
NO 041
NO 045
NO 049: Black. Has heavy weather checking.
NO 068: Black. Missing original pups and knobs. Seller said it's a 1972 model. Update, April 14 2020: For sale from "Britt's Gear Depot" in Texas. The pickups have been replaced with Hallmark Humbuckers, a good replacement. Also has a worn "Lew's Music Center" sticker on the back of the headstock. Comes with a case, maybe the case is original? Reverb Link: https://reverb.com/item/33259555-mosrit ... k-burgundy Update, May 29 2020: Now owned by Forum member Steelaire17. viewtopic.php?f=4&t=7990
NO 071: Black.
Source: http://home.insightbb.com/~marksma/wsb/ ... ip-35.html
NO 077: Refinished in a "Las Vegas Pink." Has TV Jones Pickups on it. Knobs aren't original. Body has binding on both sides, which is unusual, to say the least. I'm uncertain if the binding is original or not. Sold by "RETROVERB MUSIC, INC." Listed in early April, 2020. https://reverb.com/item/33130313-mosrit ... 4Q3AJFzg1k
NO 081: Black. Owned by Jim Diamond.
NO 083: Red.
NO 087: Red (not sure if it was refinished or not.) had a neck repair that wasn't touched up. Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3663
NO 101: Brown. Owned by forum member chartbreaker who bought it (apparently) new in 75 - 76. Played hard, well enjoyed and has a knife mark between pickups.
?? 119: Brown. Seems to have been parted out on eBay. Sources:
https://reverb.com/item/2852359-brown-c ... del-guitar
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mosrite-1970-B ... SwuoxanXpS
NO 127: Brown. Showed up on Reverb on September 1st or 2nd 2019.
Source: https://reverb.com/item/26263169-mosrit ... 1970-brown
NO 133
NO 135: Black.
NO 140: White. Could this have been dorkrockrecords' guitar listed in the unknown exact numbers section, or am I dreaming?
NO 153
NO 153 "Deluxe:" Black - "Made in 1969. It is black with a red tortoise shell pick guard. The scale is 1/8" shorter than the Gibson scale. After taking this picture, it has since been completely restored by my father, the master luthier Bill Gruggett, an original member of the Mosrite Guitars team. Original Mosrite parts were used from his personal stock, except for new high-quality PC-USA pickups, which I requested." Note: I think the "1/8 shorter than Gibson scale" note is wrong; it probably doesn't differ from the typical 1/4 shorter than Gibson scale.
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 160
NO 162: Black. Was owned by Sumlin, and is currently owned by Mark Burletson. This may or may not be the guitar that was played in "Hole" in 1990.
NO 170
NO 172: Sunburst.
NO 177: Black. Number's according to the seller. Appears to be stock. Finish has much checking, and a spot of paint's missing by the output jack. Seller is "RETROVERB MUSIC, INC." https://reverb.com/item/312458-mosrite- ... t-bXLAho0k
NO 180: Brown or Natural.
Source: https://reverb.com/item/3369670-mosrite-bluesbender
NO 190: Cherry Burst.
NO 195: Has a pad on the back.
NO 196: Black. Signed by Nokie Edwards.
NO 203

This list is up to 45 individual guitars (maybe give or take, depending on ones in the unknown # section.)

34 with Numbers,
1 with a partial number,
2 with no numbers,
8 unknown.

- Austin
1966 Ventures II (German Carved, B670,)
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 1,
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 2,
1976 Brass Rail Deluxe #10,
2013 Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI.

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Re: Bluesbender serial numbers

Postby 101Volts » Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:59 pm

I visited Worthpoint.com.

NO202 added.

I also added a note to NO 135, which was already listed.

No # Stamped Section - 2 Guitar:

(Blank) : Black. Owned by forum member TimR.
(Blank) : Red Burst, with Deluxe Electronics. Owned by Tim Brennan. Has a Bigsby. This is either a rare Deluxe model, or it's the only one:
https://www.tymguitars.com.au/blogs/blo ... kpBMie_np0

Partial # Section - 1 Guitar:

NO 03?/04?: White. Once owned by Adam (dorkrockrecords.)


Unknown # Section - 8 Guitars:


?: Brown. https://www.blackbookguitars.com/collec ... esbender-1
?: Black, may be NO 031. Owned by Tim Brennan: https://tymguitars.com.au/blogs/blog/14 ... O-ptJ6SsAo
?: Black. Played by John Reis in 2017. Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQwF5hQhgXj ... =otisserie
?: Black. Used in the band Hole in 1990. May or may not be Sumlin's Black B162 listed below. Youtube video of Hole playing it in 1990: https://youtu.be/vKJCQHxwcms?t=528
?: Black. Showed up for sale from Guitar Wishes in 2019, and they made a video about it. https://guitarwishes.com/product/mosrit ... f88_jsz33k
?: Red body and neck. https://reverb.com/nz/item/6282103-mosr ... ck-vintage
?: Red. Neck's stripped and neck pickup cavity routed so the bottom end could be closer to the bridge. Available from Gonkulator on Reverb Late April 2018, sold later: https://reverb.com/item/11837350-mosrit ... er-project
?: Redburst. Seen "in the UK magazine The Guitar Magazine in the collection of Ross Godfrey who plays with the band Morcheeba." - Sumlin


Known # Section: 35 Guitars (not counting NO 153, which is listed twice for some reason.)


NO 003
NO 015: Black, appears to be unmodified. Showed up on Reverb on February 21, 2020 from "Weird/Unique Guitars." Reverb Ad: https://reverb.com/item/32577326-mosrit ... 1970-black
NO 016: Black with Sunburst Headstock. Showed up on Reverb in November 2019 in a case and in very good if not excellent condition. This is the only model currently listed with a Sunburst Headstock, and it may be the only one. Reverb Ad: https://reverb.com/item/29460726-1971-m ... -500-black YT Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iO_qqE77jA
NO 028: Black. Described as "Dark Burgundy," but it just appears to be the standard Black for these models.
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 031: Color: ?; Owned by Tim Brennan (of Tym Guitars in Australia.)
NO 032: Refretted and modified. Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3676
NO 039
NO 041
NO 045
NO 049: Black. Has heavy weather checking.
NO 068: Black. Missing original pups and knobs. Seller said it's a 1972 model. Update, April 14 2020: For sale from "Britt's Gear Depot" in Texas. The pickups have been replaced with Hallmark Humbuckers, a good replacement. Also has a worn "Lew's Music Center" sticker on the back of the headstock. Comes with a case, maybe the case is original? Reverb Link: https://reverb.com/item/33259555-mosrit ... k-burgundy Update, May 29 2020: Now owned by Forum member Steelaire17. viewtopic.php?f=4&t=7990
NO 071: Black.
Source: http://home.insightbb.com/~marksma/wsb/ ... ip-35.html
NO 077: Refinished in a "Las Vegas Pink." Has TV Jones Pickups on it. Knobs aren't original. Body has binding on both sides, which is unusual, to say the least. I'm uncertain if the binding is original or not. Sold by "RETROVERB MUSIC, INC." Listed in early April, 2020. https://reverb.com/item/33130313-mosrit ... 4Q3AJFzg1k
NO 081: Black. Owned by Jim Diamond.
NO 083: Red.
NO 087: Red (not sure if it was refinished or not.) had a neck repair that wasn't touched up. Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3663
NO 101: Brown. Owned by forum member chartbreaker who bought it (apparently) new in 75 - 76. Played hard, well enjoyed and has a knife mark between pickups.
?? 119: Brown. Seems to have been parted out on eBay. Sources:
https://reverb.com/item/2852359-brown-c ... del-guitar
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mosrite-1970-B ... SwuoxanXpS
NO 127: Brown. Showed up on Reverb on September 1st or 2nd 2019.
Source: https://reverb.com/item/26263169-mosrit ... 1970-brown
NO 133
NO 135: Black. Seen for sale on eBay U.K. in May 2012.
NO 140: White. Could this have been dorkrockrecords' guitar listed in the unknown exact numbers section, or am I dreaming?
NO 153
NO 153 "Deluxe:" Black - "Made in 1969. It is black with a red tortoise shell pick guard. The scale is 1/8" shorter than the Gibson scale. After taking this picture, it has since been completely restored by my father, the master luthier Bill Gruggett, an original member of the Mosrite Guitars team. Original Mosrite parts were used from his personal stock, except for new high-quality PC-USA pickups, which I requested." Note: I think the "1/8 shorter than Gibson scale" note is wrong; it probably doesn't differ from the typical 1/4 shorter than Gibson scale.
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 160
NO 162: Black. Was owned by Sumlin, and is currently owned by Mark Burletson. This may or may not be the guitar that was played in "Hole" in 1990.
NO 170
NO 172: Sunburst.
NO 177: Black. Number's according to the seller. Appears to be stock. Finish has much checking, and a spot of paint's missing by the output jack. Seller is "RETROVERB MUSIC, INC." https://reverb.com/item/312458-mosrite- ... t-bXLAho0k
NO 180: Brown or Natural.
Source: https://reverb.com/item/3369670-mosrite-bluesbender
NO 190: Cherry Burst.
NO 195: Has a pad on the back.
NO 196: Black. Signed by Nokie Edwards.
NO 202: Black. Has a Black Widow type pad on the back. Was for sale on eBay in April 2011. Photos saved.
NO 203

This list is up to 46 individual guitars (maybe fewer, depending on ones in the unknown # section.)

35 with Numbers,
1 with a partial number,
2 with no numbers,
8 unknown.

- Austin
1966 Ventures II (German Carved, B670,)
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 1,
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 2,
1976 Brass Rail Deluxe #10,
2013 Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI.

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Re: Bluesbender serial numbers

Postby 101Volts » Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:11 pm

NO 040 (Refinished) Added. Pic saved. Belongs to Michael Flores.

I've also added font coloring to the Red and Brown instruments, and I removed the double listing for 153.

Previous update:

NO202 (Black) added.

I also added a note to NO 135, which was already listed.

No # Stamped (or Number Missing) Section - 2 Guitars:

(Blank) : Black. Owned by forum member TimR. Pic saved.
(Blank) : Red Burst, with Deluxe Electronics. Pics and page saved. Owned by Tim Brennan. Has a Bigsby. This is either a rare Deluxe model, or it's the only one:
https://www.tymguitars.com.au/blogs/blo ... kpBMie_np0

Partial # Section - 1 Guitar:

NO 03?/04?: White. Once owned by Adam (dorkrockrecords.)


Unknown # Section - 7 Guitars:


?: Brown. Pic and page saved. Found at Black Book Guitars. https://www.blackbookguitars.com/collec ... esbender-1
?: Black. Played by John Reis in 2017. Pic and page saved. Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQwF5hQhgXj ... =otisserie
?: Black. Used in the band Hole in 1990. Youtube video of Hole playing it in 1990: https://youtu.be/vKJCQHxwcms?t=528
?: Black. Pics and page saved. Showed up for sale from Guitar Wishes in 2019, and they made a video about it. https://guitarwishes.com/product/mosrite-blues-bender/ and the YT video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf88_jsz33k
?: Red body and neck. https://reverb.com/nz/item/6282103-mosr ... ck-vintage
?: Red. Neck's stripped and neck pickup cavity routed so the bottom end could be closer to the bridge. Available from Gonkulator on Reverb Late April 2018, sold later: https://reverb.com/item/11837350-mosrit ... er-project
?: Red Burst. Seen "in the UK magazine The Guitar Magazine in the collection of Ross Godfrey who plays with the band Morcheeba." - Sumlin


Known # Section: 36 Guitars


NO 003
NO 015: Black, appears to be unmodified. Showed up on Reverb on February 21, 2020 from "Weird/Unique Guitars." Reverb Ad: https://reverb.com/item/32577326-mosrit ... 1970-black
NO 016: Black with Sunburst Headstock. Showed up on Reverb in November 2019 in a case and in very good if not excellent condition. This is the only model currently listed with a Sunburst Headstock, and it may be the only one. Reverb Ad: https://reverb.com/item/29460726-1971-m ... -500-black YT Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iO_qqE77jA
NO 028: Black. Described as "Dark Burgundy," but it just appears to be the standard Black for these models.
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 031: Black. Owned by Tim Brennan (of Tym Guitars in Australia.) https://tymguitars.com.au/blogs/blog/14 ... O-ptJ6SsAo
NO 032: Refretted and modified. Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3676
NO 039
NO 040: Refinished in some sort of Pink. Pic saved. Belongs to Michael Flores.
NO 041
NO 045
NO 049: Black. Has heavy weather checking.
NO 068: Black. Missing original pups and knobs. Seller said it's a 1972 model. Update, April 14 2020: For sale from "Britt's Gear Depot" in Texas. The pickups have been replaced with Hallmark Humbuckers, a good replacement. Also has a worn "Lew's Music Center" sticker on the back of the headstock. Comes with a case, maybe the case is original? Reverb Link: https://reverb.com/item/33259555-mosrit ... k-burgundy Update, May 29 2020: Now owned by Forum member Steelaire17. viewtopic.php?f=4&t=7990
NO 071: Black.
Source: http://home.insightbb.com/~marksma/wsb/ ... ip-35.html
NO 077: Refinished in a Metallic Pink. Pics and page saved. Has TV Jones Pickups on it. Knobs aren't original. Body has binding on both sides, which is unusual, to say the least. I'm uncertain if the binding is original or not. Sold by "RETROVERB MUSIC, INC." Listed in early April, 2020. https://reverb.com/item/33130313-mosrit ... 4Q3AJFzg1k
NO 081: Black. Owned by Jim Diamond.
NO 083: Red.
NO 087: Red (not sure if it was refinished or not.) had a neck repair that wasn't touched up. Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3663
NO 101: Brown. Owned by forum member chartbreaker who bought it (apparently) new in 75 - 76. Played hard, well enjoyed and has a knife mark between pickups.
?? 119: Brown. Seems to have been parted out on eBay. Sources:
https://reverb.com/item/2852359-brown-c ... del-guitar
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mosrite-1970-B ... SwuoxanXpS
NO 127: Brown. Showed up on Reverb on September 1st or 2nd 2019.
Source: https://reverb.com/item/26263169-mosrit ... 1970-brown
NO 133
NO 135: Black. Pics saved. Seen for sale on eBay U.K. in May 2012.
NO 140: White. Perhaps this was dorkrockrecords' guitar listed in the unknown exact numbers section?
NO 153 "Deluxe:" Black - "Made in 1969. It is black with a red tortoise shell pick guard. The scale is 1/8" shorter than the Gibson scale. After taking this picture, it has since been completely restored by my father, the master luthier Bill Gruggett, an original member of the Mosrite Guitars team. Original Mosrite parts were used from his personal stock, except for new high-quality PC-USA pickups, which I requested." Note: I think the "1/8 shorter than Gibson scale" note is wrong; it probably doesn't differ from the typical 1/4 shorter than Gibson scale.
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 160
NO 162: Black. Was owned by Sumlin, and is currently owned by Mark Burletson.
NO 170
NO 172: Sunburst.
NO 177: Black. Number's according to the seller. Appears to be stock. Finish has much checking, and a spot of paint's missing by the output jack. Seller is "RETROVERB MUSIC, INC." https://reverb.com/item/312458-mosrite- ... t-bXLAho0k
NO 180: Brown or Natural.
Source: https://reverb.com/item/3369670-mosrite-bluesbender
NO 190: Cherry Burst.
NO 195: Has a pad on the back.
NO 196: Black. Signed by Nokie Edwards.
NO 202: Black. Pics saved. Has a Black Widow type pad on the back. Was for sale on eBay in April 2011.
NO 203

This list is up to 46 individual guitars (maybe fewer, depending on ones in the unknown # section.)

36 with Numbers,
1 with a partial number,
2 with no numbers,
7 unknown.

- Austin
1966 Ventures II (German Carved, B670,)
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 1,
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 2,
1976 Brass Rail Deluxe #10,
2013 Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI.

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Re: Bluesbender serial numbers

Postby 101Volts » Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:03 pm

This is a "Downloading files to my HDD" Update.

Previous update:

NO 040 (Refinished) Added. Pic saved. Belongs to Michael Flores.

I've also added font coloring to the Red and Brown instruments, and I removed the double listing for 153.

No # Stamped (or Number Missing) Section - 2 Guitars:

Blank : Black. Owned by forum member TimR. Pic saved.
Blank : Red Burst, with Deluxe Electronics. Pics and page saved. Owned by Tim Brennan. Has a Bigsby. This is either a rare Deluxe model, or it's the only one:
https://www.tymguitars.com.au/blogs/blo ... kpBMie_np0

Partial # Section - 1 Guitar:

NO 03?/04?: White. Once owned by Adam (dorkrockrecords.)

Speculated # Section - 1 Guitar

Blank or NO x25: Red. Pics and page saved. Neck's stripped and neck pickup cavity routed so the bottom end could be closer to the bridge. The pics seem to show that there's no number, but I can vaguely make out a 25 in there, which may or may not be me imagining things. Available from Gonkulator on Reverb Late April 2018, sold later: https://reverb.com/item/11837350-mosrit ... er-project

Unknown # Section - 6 Guitars:


?: Brown. Pic and page saved. Found at Black Book Guitars. https://www.blackbookguitars.com/collec ... esbender-1
?: Black. Played by John Reis in 2017. Pic and page saved. Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQwF5hQhgXj ... =otisserie
?: Black. Used in the band Hole in 1990. Youtube video of Hole playing it in 1990: https://youtu.be/vKJCQHxwcms?t=528
?: Black. Pics and page saved. Showed up for sale from Guitar Wishes in 2019, and they made a video about it. https://guitarwishes.com/product/mosrite-blues-bender/ and the YT video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf88_jsz33k
?: Red body and neck. Pics and page saved. Sold from Red Pyramid, in Seattle. https://reverb.com/nz/item/6282103-mosr ... ck-vintage
?: Red Burst. Seen "in the UK magazine The Guitar Magazine, in the collection of Ross Godfrey, who plays with the band Morcheeba." - Sumlin


Known # Section: 36 Guitars


NO 003
NO 015: Black, appears to be unmodified. Pics and page saved. Showed up on Reverb on February 21, 2020 from "Weird/Unique Guitars." Reverb Ad: https://reverb.com/item/32577326-mosrit ... 1970-black
NO 016: Black with Sunburst Headstock. Pics and page saved. Showed up on Reverb in November 2019 in a case and in very good if not excellent condition. This is the only model currently listed with a Sunburst Headstock, and it may be the only one. Reverb Ad: https://reverb.com/item/29460726-1971-m ... -500-black YT Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iO_qqE77jA
NO 028: Black. Described as "Dark Burgundy," but it just appears to be the standard Black for these models.
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 031: Black. Owned by Tim Brennan (of Tym Guitars in Australia.) https://tymguitars.com.au/blogs/blog/14 ... O-ptJ6SsAo
NO 032: Refretted and modified. Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3676
NO 039
NO 040: Refinished in some sort of Pink. Pic saved. Belongs to Michael Flores.
NO 041
NO 045
NO 049: Black. Has heavy weather checking.
NO 068: Black. Missing original pups and knobs. Seller said it's a 1972 model. Update, April 14 2020: For sale from "Britt's Gear Depot" in Texas. The pickups have been replaced with Hallmark Humbuckers, a good replacement. Also has a worn "Lew's Music Center" sticker on the back of the headstock. Comes with a case, maybe the case is original? Reverb Link: https://reverb.com/item/33259555-mosrit ... k-burgundy Update, May 29 2020: Now owned by Forum member Steelaire17. viewtopic.php?f=4&t=7990
NO 071: Black.
Source: http://home.insightbb.com/~marksma/wsb/ ... ip-35.html
NO 077: Refinished in a Metallic Pink. Pics and page saved. Has TV Jones Pickups on it. Knobs aren't original. Body has binding on both sides, which is unusual, to say the least. I'm uncertain if the binding is original or not. Sold by "RETROVERB MUSIC, INC." Listed in early April, 2020. https://reverb.com/item/33130313-mosrit ... 4Q3AJFzg1k
NO 081: Black. Owned by Jim Diamond.
NO 083: Red.
NO 087: Red (not sure if it was refinished or not.) had a neck repair that wasn't touched up. Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3663
NO 101: Brown. Owned by forum member chartbreaker who bought it (apparently) new in 75 - 76. Played hard, well enjoyed and has a knife mark between pickups.
?? 119: Brown. Seems to have been parted out on eBay. Sources:
https://reverb.com/item/2852359-brown-c ... del-guitar
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mosrite-1970-B ... SwuoxanXpS
NO 127: Brown. Showed up on Reverb on September 1st or 2nd 2019.
Source: https://reverb.com/item/26263169-mosrit ... 1970-brown
NO 133
NO 135: Black. Pics saved. Seen for sale on eBay U.K. in May 2012.
NO 140: White. Perhaps this was dorkrockrecords' guitar listed in the unknown exact numbers section?
NO 153 "Deluxe:" Black. Pic and page saved. "Made in 1969. It is black with a red tortoise shell pick guard. The scale is 1/8" shorter than the Gibson scale. After taking this picture, it has since been completely restored by my father, the master luthier Bill Gruggett, an original member of the Mosrite Guitars team. Original Mosrite parts were used from his personal stock, except for new high-quality PC-USA pickups, which I requested." Note: I think the "1/8 shorter than Gibson scale" note is wrong; it probably doesn't differ from the typical 1/4 shorter than Gibson scale.
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 160
NO 162: Black. Pic saved from Ne.jp. Was owned by Sumlin, and is currently owned by Mark Burletson. http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 170
NO 172: Sunburst.
NO 177: Black. Number's according to the seller. Appears to be stock. Finish has much checking, and a spot of paint's missing by the output jack. Seller is "RETROVERB MUSIC, INC." https://reverb.com/item/312458-mosrite- ... t-bXLAho0k
NO 180: Brown or Natural.
Source: https://reverb.com/item/3369670-mosrite-bluesbender
NO 190: Cherry Burst.
NO 195: Has a pad on the back.
NO 196: Black. Signed by Nokie Edwards.
NO 202: Black. Pics saved. Has a Black Widow type pad on the back. Was for sale on eBay in April 2011.
NO 203

This list is up to 46 individual guitars (maybe fewer, depending on ones in the unknown # section.)

36 with Numbers,
1 with a partial number,
1 with a speculated number,
3 with no numbers,
6 unknown.

- Austin
1966 Ventures II (German Carved, B670,)
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 1,
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 2,
1976 Brass Rail Deluxe #10,
2013 Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI.

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Re: Bluesbender serial numbers

Postby 101Volts » Sat Jun 13, 2020 5:47 pm

"Downloading files to my HDD" Update, Number 2. I've saved all photos and pages that I can now, unless I missed a few.

I've also added font coloring to the Red and Brown instruments, and I removed the double listing for 153.

No # Stamped (or Number Missing) Section - 2 Guitars:

Blank : Black. Owned by forum member TimR. Pic saved.
Blank : Red Burst, with Deluxe Electronics. Pics and page saved. Owned by Tim Brennan. Has a Bigsby. This is either a rare Deluxe model, or it's the only one:
https://www.tymguitars.com.au/blogs/blo ... kpBMie_np0

Partial # Section - 1 Guitar:

NO 03?/04?: White. Once owned by Adam (dorkrockrecords.)

Speculated # Section - 1 Guitar

Blank or NO x25: Red. Pics and page saved. Neck's stripped and neck pickup cavity routed so the bottom end could be closer to the bridge. The pics seem to show that there's no number, but I can vaguely make out a 25 in there, which may or may not be me imagining things. Available from Gonkulator on Reverb Late April 2018, sold later: https://reverb.com/item/11837350-mosrit ... er-project

Unknown # Section - 6 Guitars:


?: Brown. Pic and page saved. Found at Black Book Guitars. https://www.blackbookguitars.com/collec ... esbender-1
?: Black. Played by John Reis in 2017. Pic and page saved. Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQwF5hQhgXj ... =otisserie
?: Black. Used in the band Hole in 1990. Youtube video of Hole playing it in 1990: https://youtu.be/vKJCQHxwcms?t=528
?: Black. Pics and page saved. Showed up for sale from Guitar Wishes in 2019, and they made a video about it. https://guitarwishes.com/product/mosrite-blues-bender/ and the YT video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf88_jsz33k
?: Red body and neck. Pics and page saved. Sold from Red Pyramid, in Seattle. https://reverb.com/nz/item/6282103-mosr ... ck-vintage
?: Red Burst. Seen "in the UK magazine The Guitar Magazine, in the collection of Ross Godfrey, who plays with the band Morcheeba." - Sumlin


Known # Section: 36 Guitars


NO 003
NO 015: Black, appears to be unmodified. Pics and page saved. Showed up on Reverb on February 21, 2020 from "Weird/Unique Guitars." Reverb Ad: https://reverb.com/item/32577326-mosrit ... 1970-black
NO 016: Black with Sunburst Headstock. Pics and page saved. Showed up on Reverb in November 2019 in a case and in very good if not excellent condition. This is the only model currently listed with a Sunburst Headstock, and it may be the only one. Reverb Ad: https://reverb.com/item/29460726-1971-m ... -500-black YT Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iO_qqE77jA
NO 028: Black. Described as "Dark Burgundy," but it just appears to be the standard Black for these models.
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 031: Black. Owned by Tim Brennan (of Tym Guitars in Australia.) https://tymguitars.com.au/blogs/blog/14 ... O-ptJ6SsAo
NO 032: Refretted and modified. Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3676
NO 039
NO 040: Refinished in some sort of Pink. Pic saved. Belongs to Michael Flores.
NO 041
NO 045
NO 049: Black. Has heavy weather checking.
NO 068: Black. Missing original pups and knobs. Seller said it's a 1972 model. Update, April 14 2020: For sale from "Britt's Gear Depot" in Texas. The pickups have been replaced with Hallmark Humbuckers, a good replacement. Also has a worn "Lew's Music Center" sticker on the back of the headstock. Comes with a case, maybe the case is original? Reverb Link: https://reverb.com/item/33259555-mosrit ... k-burgundy Update, May 29 2020: Now owned by Forum member Steelaire17. viewtopic.php?f=4&t=7990
NO 071: Black.
Source: http://home.insightbb.com/~marksma/wsb/ ... ip-35.html
NO 077: Refinished in a Metallic Pink. Pics and page saved. Has TV Jones Pickups on it. Knobs aren't original. Body has binding on both sides, which is unusual, to say the least. I'm uncertain if the binding is original or not. Sold by "RETROVERB MUSIC, INC." Listed in early April, 2020. https://reverb.com/item/33130313-mosrit ... 4Q3AJFzg1k
NO 081: Black. Owned by Jim Diamond.
NO 083: Red.
NO 087: Red (not sure if it was refinished or not.) had a neck repair that wasn't touched up. Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3663
NO 101: Brown. Owned by forum member chartbreaker who bought it (apparently) new in 75 - 76. Played hard, well enjoyed and has a knife mark between pickups.
?? 119: Brown. Pics and page saved. Seems to have been parted out on eBay. Sources:
https://reverb.com/item/2852359-brown-c ... del-guitar
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mosrite-1970-B ... SwuoxanXpS
NO 127: Brown. Pics and page saved. Showed up on Reverb on September 1st or 2nd 2019, from West Kentucky Music and Pawn (Location: Mayfield, KY.)
Source: https://reverb.com/item/26263169-mosrit ... 1970-brown
NO 133
NO 135: Black. Pics saved. Seen for sale on eBay U.K. in May 2012.
NO 140: White. Perhaps this was dorkrockrecords' guitar listed in the unknown exact numbers section?
NO 153 "Deluxe:" Black. Pic and page saved. Does not have M Knobs in the saved photo. "Made in 1969. It is black with a red tortoise shell pick guard. The scale is 1/8" shorter than the Gibson scale. After taking this picture, it has since been completely restored by my father, the master luthier Bill Gruggett, an original member of the Mosrite Guitars team. Original Mosrite parts were used from his personal stock, except for new high-quality PC-USA pickups, which I requested." Note: I think the "1/8 shorter than Gibson scale" note is wrong; it probably doesn't differ from the typical 1/4 shorter than Gibson scale.
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 160
NO 162: Black. Pic saved from Ne.jp. Was owned by Sumlin, and is currently owned by Mark Burletson. http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 170
NO 172: Sunburst.
NO 177: Black. Pics and page saved. Number's according to the seller. Appears to be stock. Finish has much checking, and a spot of paint's missing by the output jack. Seller is "RETROVERB MUSIC, INC." https://reverb.com/item/312458-mosrite- ... t-bXLAho0k
NO 180: Brown or Natural.
Source: https://reverb.com/item/3369670-mosrite-bluesbender
NO 190: Cherry Burst.
NO 195: Has a pad on the back.
NO 196: Black. Signed by Nokie Edwards.
NO 202: Black. Pics saved. Has a Black Widow type pad on the back. Was for sale on eBay in April 2011.
NO 203

This list is up to 46 individual guitars (maybe fewer, depending on ones in the unknown # section.)

36 with Numbers,
1 with a partial number,
1 with a speculated number,
3 with no numbers,
6 unknown.

- Austin
1966 Ventures II (German Carved, B670,)
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 1,
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 2,
1976 Brass Rail Deluxe #10,
2013 Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI.

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Re: Bluesbender serial numbers

Postby 101Volts » Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:48 am

Added:

Blank, Burgundy. It was posted by "Mississippi Ave" on Facebook in 2017.

Photo of NO 77 found from before it was refinished. It was Black.

NO 110, Black. Initially, I found a photo of it on Facebook from 2011, and I got that photo of it. I then found it on Photobucket, but I can't download those. It has a pink-ish ring (a sticker?) around the pickup selector, and it's missing one of the original M Knobs.



No # Stamped (or Number Missing) Section - 3 Guitars:

Blank : Black. Owned by forum member TimR. Pic saved.
Blank: Burgundy. Pic saved. Posted by "MIssissippi Ave" on Facebook in 2017.
Blank : Red Burst, with Deluxe Electronics. Pics and page saved. Owned by Tim Brennan. Has a Bigsby. This is either a rare Deluxe model, or it's the only one:
https://www.tymguitars.com.au/blogs/blo ... kpBMie_np0


Partial # Section - 1 Guitar:

NO 03?/04?: White. Once owned by Adam (dorkrockrecords.)

Speculated # Section - 1 Guitar

Blank or NO x25: Red. Pics and page saved. Neck's stripped and neck pickup cavity routed so the bottom end could be closer to the bridge. The pics seem to show that there's no number, but I can vaguely make out a 25 in there, which may or may not be me imagining things. Available from Gonkulator on Reverb Late April 2018, sold later: https://reverb.com/item/11837350-mosrit ... er-project

Unknown # Section - 6 Guitars:


?: Brown. Pic and page saved. Found at Black Book Guitars. https://www.blackbookguitars.com/collec ... esbender-1
?: Black. Played by John Reis in 2017. Pic and page saved. Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQwF5hQhgXj ... =otisserie
?: Black. Used in the band Hole in 1990. Youtube video of Hole playing it in 1990: https://youtu.be/vKJCQHxwcms?t=528
?: Black. Pics and page saved. Showed up for sale from Guitar Wishes in 2019, and they made a video about it. https://guitarwishes.com/product/mosrite-blues-bender/ and the YT video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf88_jsz33k
?: Red body and neck. Pics and page saved. Sold from Red Pyramid, in Seattle. https://reverb.com/nz/item/6282103-mosr ... ck-vintage
?: Red Burst. Seen "in the UK magazine The Guitar Magazine, in the collection of Ross Godfrey, who plays with the band Morcheeba." - Sumlin


Known # Section: 37 Guitars


NO 003
NO 015: Black, appears to be unmodified. Pics and page saved. Showed up on Reverb on February 21, 2020 from "Weird/Unique Guitars." Reverb Ad: https://reverb.com/item/32577326-mosrit ... 1970-black
NO 016: Black with Sunburst Headstock. Pics and page saved. Showed up on Reverb in November 2019 in a case and in very good if not excellent condition. This is the only model currently listed with a Sunburst Headstock, and it may be the only one. Reverb Ad: https://reverb.com/item/29460726-1971-m ... -500-black YT Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iO_qqE77jA
NO 028: Black. Described as "Dark Burgundy," but it just appears to be the standard Black for these models.
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 031: Black. Owned by Tim Brennan (of Tym Guitars in Australia.) https://tymguitars.com.au/blogs/blog/14 ... O-ptJ6SsAo
NO 032: Refretted and modified. Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3676
NO 039
NO 040: Refinished in some sort of Pink. Pic saved. Belongs to Michael Flores.
NO 041
NO 045
NO 049: Black. Has heavy weather checking.
NO 068: Black. Missing original pups and knobs. Seller said it's a 1972 model. Update, April 14 2020: For sale from "Britt's Gear Depot" in Texas. The pickups have been replaced with Hallmark Humbuckers, a good replacement. Also has a worn "Lew's Music Center" sticker on the back of the headstock. Comes with a case, maybe the case is original? Reverb Link: https://reverb.com/item/33259555-mosrit ... k-burgundy Update, May 29 2020: Now owned by Forum member Steelaire17. viewtopic.php?f=4&t=7990
NO 071: Black.
Source: http://home.insightbb.com/~marksma/wsb/ ... ip-35.html
NO 077: Refinished in a Metallic Pink (Originally Black.) Pics and page saved. Has TV Jones Pickups on it. Knobs aren't original. Body has binding on both sides, which is unusual, to say the least. I'm uncertain if the binding is original or not. Sold by "RETROVERB MUSIC, INC." Listed in early April, 2020. https://reverb.com/item/33130313-mosrit ... 4Q3AJFzg1k
NO 081: Black. Owned by Jim Diamond.
NO 083: Red.
NO 087: Red (not sure if it was refinished or not.) had a neck repair that wasn't touched up. Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3663
NO 101: Brown. Owned by forum member chartbreaker who bought it (apparently) new in 75 - 76. Played hard, well enjoyed and has a knife mark between pickups.
NO 110: Black. Pic saved. Number is according to Photobucket pictures, which I couldn't download. Has a pink-ish ring around the pickup selector, and is missing one original knob. Also has an odd looking logo on the headstock. Found on Facebook, posted by Rozhan Bin Asaad in Kota Kinabalu.
NO 119: Brown. Pics and page saved. Seems to have been parted out on eBay. Sources:
https://reverb.com/item/2852359-brown-c ... del-guitar
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mosrite-1970-B ... SwuoxanXpS
NO 127: Brown. Pics and page saved. Showed up on Reverb on September 1st or 2nd 2019, from West Kentucky Music and Pawn (Location: Mayfield, KY.)
Source: https://reverb.com/item/26263169-mosrit ... 1970-brown
NO 133
NO 135: Black. Pics saved. Seen for sale on eBay U.K. in May 2012.
NO 140: White. Perhaps this was dorkrockrecords' guitar listed in the unknown exact numbers section?
NO 153 "Deluxe:" Black. Pic and page saved. Does not have M Knobs in the saved photo. "Made in 1969. It is black with a red tortoise shell pick guard. The scale is 1/8" shorter than the Gibson scale. After taking this picture, it has since been completely restored by my father, the master luthier Bill Gruggett, an original member of the Mosrite Guitars team. Original Mosrite parts were used from his personal stock, except for new high-quality PC-USA pickups, which I requested." Note: I think the "1/8 shorter than Gibson scale" note is wrong; it probably doesn't differ from the typical 1/4 shorter than Gibson scale.
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 160
NO 162: Black. Pic saved from Ne.jp. Was owned by Sumlin, and is currently owned by Mark Burletson. http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 170
NO 172: Sunburst.
NO 177: Black. Pics and page saved. Number's according to the seller. Appears to be stock. Finish has much checking, and a spot of paint's missing by the output jack. Seller is "RETROVERB MUSIC, INC." https://reverb.com/item/312458-mosrite- ... t-bXLAho0k
NO 180: Brown or Natural.
Source: https://reverb.com/item/3369670-mosrite-bluesbender
NO 190: Cherry Burst.
NO 195: Has a pad on the back.
NO 196: Black. Signed by Nokie Edwards.
NO 202: Black. Pics saved. Has a Black Widow type pad on the back. Was for sale on eBay in April 2011.
NO 203

This list is up to 48 individual guitars (maybe fewer, depending on ones in the unknown # section.)

37 with Numbers,
1 with a partial number,
1 with a speculated number,
3 with no numbers,
6 unknown.

- Austin
1966 Ventures II (German Carved, B670,)
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 1,
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 2,
1976 Brass Rail Deluxe #10,
2013 Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI.

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Re: Bluesbender serial numbers

Postby 101Volts » Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:56 pm

Another update for the day. This time, I downloaded a few files. I found one more guitar, too:

NO 002 or NO 002x (photos aren't clear, and there seems to be one more digit at the end.) It's Black.

Previous update from today:

Added:

Blank, Burgundy. It was posted by "Mississippi Ave" on Facebook in 2017.

Photo of NO 77 found from before it was refinished. It was Black.

NO 110, Black. Initially, I found a photo of it on Facebook from 2011, and I got that photo of it. I then found it on Photobucket, but I can't download those pics. The guitar has a pink-ish ring (a sticker?) around the pickup selector, and it's missing one of the original M Knobs.



No # Stamped (or Number Missing) Section - 3 Guitars:

Blank : Black. Owned by forum member TimR. Pic saved.
Blank: Burgundy. Pic saved. Posted by "MIssissippi Ave" on Facebook in 2017.
Blank : Red Burst, with Deluxe Electronics. Pics and page saved. Owned by Tim Brennan. Has a Bigsby. This is either a rare Deluxe model, or it's modified, or it may even be the only one that was made with active electronics:
https://www.tymguitars.com.au/blogs/blo ... kpBMie_np0


Partial # Section - 2 Guitars:

NO 002 or NO 002x: Black. Pics and pages saved. Found at HewittsGarageStudio, a small site. Photos were posted in 2009. http://www.hewittsgaragestudio.com/gall ... ?g2_page=4
NO 03?/04?: White. Once owned by Adam (dorkrockrecords.)

Speculated # Section - 1 Guitar

Blank or NO x25: Red. Pics and page saved. Neck's stripped and neck pickup cavity routed so the bottom end could be closer to the bridge. The pics seem to show that there's no number, but I can vaguely make out a 25 in there, which may or may not be me imagining things. Available from Gonkulator on Reverb Late April 2018, sold later: https://reverb.com/item/11837350-mosrit ... er-project

Unknown # Section - 6 Guitars:


?: Brown. Pic and page saved. Found at Black Book Guitars. https://www.blackbookguitars.com/collec ... esbender-1
?: Black. Played by John Reis in 2017. Pic and page saved. Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQwF5hQhgXj ... =otisserie
?: Black. Used in the band Hole in 1990. Youtube video of Hole playing it in 1990: https://youtu.be/vKJCQHxwcms?t=528
?: Black. Pics and page saved. Showed up for sale from Guitar Wishes in 2019, and they made a video about it. https://guitarwishes.com/product/mosrite-blues-bender/ and the YT video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf88_jsz33k
?: Red body and neck. Pics and page saved. Sold from Red Pyramid, in Seattle. https://reverb.com/nz/item/6282103-mosr ... ck-vintage
?: Red Burst. Seen "in the UK magazine The Guitar Magazine, in the collection of Ross Godfrey, who plays with the band Morcheeba." - Sumlin


Known # Section: 37 Guitars


NO 003:
NO 015: Black, appears to be unmodified. Pics and page saved. Showed up on Reverb on February 21, 2020 from "Weird/Unique Guitars." Reverb Ad: https://reverb.com/item/32577326-mosrit ... 1970-black
NO 016: Black with Sunburst Headstock. Pics and page saved. Showed up on Reverb in November 2019 in a case and in very good if not excellent condition. This is the only model currently listed with a Sunburst Headstock, and it may be the only one. Reverb Ad: https://reverb.com/item/29460726-1971-m ... -500-black YT Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iO_qqE77jA
NO 028: Black. Pic saved. Described as "Dark Burgundy," but it just appears to be the standard Black for these models.
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 031: Black. Pics saved. Owned by Tim Brennan (of Tym Guitars in Australia.) https://tymguitars.com.au/blogs/blog/14 ... O-ptJ6SsAo
NO 032: Refretted and modified. Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3676
NO 039:
NO 040: Refinished in some sort of Pink / Yellow. Pic saved. Belongs to Michael Flores.
NO 041:
NO 045:
NO 049: Black. Has heavy weather checking.
NO 068: Black. Missing original pups and knobs. Seller said it's a 1972 model. Update, April 14 2020: For sale from "Britt's Gear Depot" in Texas. The pickups have been replaced with Hallmark Humbuckers, a good replacement. Also has a worn "Lew's Music Center" sticker on the back of the headstock. Comes with a case, maybe the case is original? Reverb Link: https://reverb.com/item/33259555-mosrit ... k-burgundy Update, May 29 2020: Now owned by Forum member Steelaire17. viewtopic.php?f=4&t=7990
NO 071: Black. Pic and page saved.
Source: http://home.insightbb.com/~marksma/wsb/ ... ip-35.html
NO 077: Refinished in a Metallic Pink (Originally Black.) Pics and page saved. Has TV Jones Pickups on it. Knobs aren't original. Body has binding on both sides, which is unusual, to say the least. I'm uncertain if the binding is original or not. Sold by "RETROVERB MUSIC, INC." Listed in early April, 2020. https://reverb.com/item/33130313-mosrit ... 4Q3AJFzg1k
NO 081: Black. Owned by Jim Diamond.
NO 083: Red.
NO 087: Red (not sure if it was refinished or not.) had a neck repair that wasn't touched up. Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3663
NO 101: Brown. Owned by forum member chartbreaker who bought it (apparently) new in 75 - 76. Played hard, well enjoyed and has a knife mark between pickups.
NO 110: Black. Pic saved. Number is according to Photobucket pictures, which I couldn't download. Has a pink-ish ring around the pickup selector, and is missing one original knob. Also has an odd looking logo on the headstock. Found on Facebook, posted by Rozhan Bin Asaad in Kota Kinabalu.
NO 119: Brown. Pics and page saved. Seems to have been parted out on eBay. Sources:
https://reverb.com/item/2852359-brown-c ... del-guitar
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mosrite-1970-B ... SwuoxanXpS
NO 127: Brown. Pics and page saved. Showed up on Reverb on September 1st or 2nd 2019, from West Kentucky Music and Pawn (Location: Mayfield, KY.)
Source: https://reverb.com/item/26263169-mosrit ... 1970-brown
NO 133:
NO 135: Black. Pics saved. Seen for sale on eBay U.K. in May 2012.
NO 140: White. Perhaps this was dorkrockrecords' guitar listed in the unknown exact numbers section?
NO 153 "Deluxe:" Black. Pic and page saved. Does not have M Knobs in the saved photo. "Made in 1969. It is black with a red tortoise shell pick guard. The scale is 1/8" shorter than the Gibson scale. After taking this picture, it has since been completely restored by my father, the master luthier Bill Gruggett, an original member of the Mosrite Guitars team. Original Mosrite parts were used from his personal stock, except for new high-quality PC-USA pickups, which I requested." Note: I think the "1/8 shorter than Gibson scale" note is wrong; it probably doesn't differ from the typical 1/4 shorter than Gibson scale.
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 160:
NO 162: Black. Pic saved from Ne.jp. Was owned by Sumlin, and is currently owned by Mark Burletson. Update, June 15 2020: Better photos found and downloaded from the Gretsch Talk Forum. http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 170:
NO 172: Sunburst.
NO 177: Black. Pics and page saved. Number's according to the seller. Appears to be stock. Finish has much checking, and a spot of paint's missing by the output jack. Seller is "RETROVERB MUSIC, INC." https://reverb.com/item/312458-mosrite- ... t-bXLAho0k
NO 180: Brown or Natural. Pics and page saved.
Source: https://reverb.com/item/3369670-mosrite-bluesbender
NO 190: Cherry Burst.
NO 195: Has a pad on the back.
NO 196: Black. Signed by Nokie Edwards.
NO 202: Black. Pics saved. Has a Black Widow type pad on the back. Was for sale on eBay in April 2011.
NO 203:

This list is up to 49 individual guitars (maybe fewer, depending on ones in the unknown # section.)

37 with Numbers,
2 with partial numbers,
1 with a speculated number,
3 with no numbers,
6 unknown.

- Austin
1966 Ventures II (German Carved, B670,)
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 1,
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 2,
1976 Brass Rail Deluxe #10,
2013 Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI.

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Re: Bluesbender serial numbers

Postby 101Volts » Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:38 pm

Last update for the day.

Added: NO xxx: Black Body, Neck, and Headstock. This is the only 100% Black instrument I've seen; most don't have a black neck and headstock.

Previous updates from today:

NO 002 or NO 002x (photos aren't clear, and there seems to be one more digit at the end.) It's Black.

Added:

Blank, Burgundy. It was posted by "Mississippi Ave" on Facebook in 2017.

Photo of NO 77 found from before it was refinished. It was Black.

NO 110, Black. Initially, I found a photo of it on Facebook from 2011, and I got that photo of it. I then found it on Photobucket, but I can't download those pics. The guitar has a pink-ish ring (a sticker?) around the pickup selector, and it's missing one of the original M Knobs.



No # Stamped (or Number Missing) Section - 3 Guitars:

Blank : Black. Owned by forum member TimR. Pic saved.
Blank: Burgundy. Pic saved. Posted by "MIssissippi Ave" on Facebook in 2017.
Blank : Red Burst, with Deluxe Electronics. Pics and page saved. Owned by Tim Brennan. Has a Bigsby. This is either a rare Deluxe model, or it's modified, or it may even be the only one that was made with active electronics:
https://www.tymguitars.com.au/blogs/blo ... kpBMie_np0


Partial # Section - 2 Guitars:

NO 002 or NO 002x: Black. Pics and pages saved. Found at HewittsGarageStudio, a small site. Photos were posted in 2009. http://www.hewittsgaragestudio.com/gall ... ?g2_page=4
NO 03?/04?: White. Once owned by Adam (dorkrockrecords.)

Speculated # Section - 1 Guitar

Blank or NO x25: Red. Pics and page saved. Neck's stripped and neck pickup cavity routed so the bottom end could be closer to the bridge. The pics seem to show that there's no number, but I can vaguely make out a 25 in there, which may or may not be me imagining things. Available from Gonkulator on Reverb Late April 2018, sold later: https://reverb.com/item/11837350-mosrit ... er-project

Unknown # Section - 7 Guitars:


?: Brown. Pic and page saved. Found at Black Book Guitars. https://www.blackbookguitars.com/collec ... esbender-1
?: Black. Played by John Reis in 2017. Pic and page saved. Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQwF5hQhgXj ... =otisserie
?: Black. Used in the band Hole in 1990. Youtube video of Hole playing it in 1990: https://youtu.be/vKJCQHxwcms?t=528
?: Black. Pics and page saved. Showed up for sale from Guitar Wishes in 2019, and they made a video about it. https://guitarwishes.com/product/mosrite-blues-bender/ and the YT video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf88_jsz33k
?: Black Body, black neck, and black headstock. Pics and page saved. Has a "Black Widow Pad" on the back, so I'm guessing this is a late one. Was sold by Austin Vintage Guitars in Austin, Texas. https://reverb.com/item/2842098-early-1 ... -rare#full
?: Red body and neck. Pics and page saved. Sold from Red Pyramid, in Seattle. https://reverb.com/nz/item/6282103-mosr ... ck-vintage
?: Red Burst. Seen "in the UK magazine The Guitar Magazine, in the collection of Ross Godfrey, who plays with the band Morcheeba." - Sumlin


Known # Section: 37 Guitars


NO 003:
NO 015: Black, appears to be unmodified. Pics and page saved. Showed up on Reverb on February 21, 2020 from "Weird/Unique Guitars." Reverb Ad: https://reverb.com/item/32577326-mosrit ... 1970-black
NO 016: Black with Sunburst Headstock. Pics and page saved. Showed up on Reverb in November 2019 in a case and in very good if not excellent condition. This is the only model currently listed with a Sunburst Headstock, and it may be the only one. Reverb Ad: https://reverb.com/item/29460726-1971-m ... -500-black YT Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iO_qqE77jA
NO 028: Black. Pic saved. Described as "Dark Burgundy," but it just appears to be the standard Black for these models.
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 031: Black. Pics saved. Owned by Tim Brennan (of Tym Guitars in Australia.) https://tymguitars.com.au/blogs/blog/14 ... O-ptJ6SsAo
NO 032: Refretted and modified. Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3676
NO 039:
NO 040: Refinished in some sort of Pink / Yellow. Pic saved. Belongs to Michael Flores.
NO 041:
NO 045:
NO 049: Black. Has heavy weather checking.
NO 068: Black. Missing original pups and knobs. Seller said it's a 1972 model. Update, April 14 2020: For sale from "Britt's Gear Depot" in Texas. The pickups have been replaced with Hallmark Humbuckers, a good replacement. Also has a worn "Lew's Music Center" sticker on the back of the headstock. Comes with a case, maybe the case is original? Reverb Link: https://reverb.com/item/33259555-mosrit ... k-burgundy Update, May 29 2020: Now owned by Forum member Steelaire17. viewtopic.php?f=4&t=7990
NO 071: Black. Pic and page saved.
Source: http://home.insightbb.com/~marksma/wsb/ ... ip-35.html
NO 077: Refinished in a Metallic Pink (Originally Black.) Pics and page saved. Has TV Jones Pickups on it. Knobs aren't original. Body has binding on both sides, which is unusual, to say the least. I'm uncertain if the binding is original or not. Sold by "RETROVERB MUSIC, INC." Listed in early April, 2020. https://reverb.com/item/33130313-mosrit ... 4Q3AJFzg1k
NO 081: Black. Owned by Jim Diamond.
NO 083: Red.
NO 087: Red (not sure if it was refinished or not.) had a neck repair that wasn't touched up. Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3663
NO 101: Brown. Owned by forum member chartbreaker who bought it (apparently) new in 75 - 76. Played hard, well enjoyed and has a knife mark between pickups.
NO 110: Black. Pic saved. Number is according to Photobucket pictures, which I couldn't download. Has a pink-ish ring around the pickup selector, and is missing one original knob. Also has an odd looking logo on the headstock. Found on Facebook, posted by Rozhan Bin Asaad in Kota Kinabalu.
NO 119: Brown. Pics and page saved. Seems to have been parted out on eBay. Sources:
https://reverb.com/item/2852359-brown-c ... del-guitar
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mosrite-1970-B ... SwuoxanXpS
NO 127: Brown. Pics and page saved. Showed up on Reverb on September 1st or 2nd 2019, from West Kentucky Music and Pawn (Location: Mayfield, KY.)
Source: https://reverb.com/item/26263169-mosrit ... 1970-brown
NO 133:
NO 135: Black. Pics saved. Seen for sale on eBay U.K. in May 2012.
NO 140: White. Perhaps this was dorkrockrecords' guitar listed in the unknown exact numbers section?
NO 153 "Deluxe:" Black. Pic and page saved. Does not have M Knobs in the saved photo. "Made in 1969. It is black with a red tortoise shell pick guard. The scale is 1/8" shorter than the Gibson scale. After taking this picture, it has since been completely restored by my father, the master luthier Bill Gruggett, an original member of the Mosrite Guitars team. Original Mosrite parts were used from his personal stock, except for new high-quality PC-USA pickups, which I requested." Note: I think the "1/8 shorter than Gibson scale" note is wrong; it probably doesn't differ from the typical 1/4 shorter than Gibson scale.
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 160:
NO 162: Black. Pic saved from Ne.jp. Was owned by Sumlin, and is currently owned by Mark Burletson. Update, June 15 2020: Better photos found and downloaded from the Gretsch Talk Forum. http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 170:
NO 172: Sunburst.
NO 177: Black. Pics and page saved. Number's according to the seller. Appears to be stock. Finish has much checking, and a spot of paint's missing by the output jack. Seller is "RETROVERB MUSIC, INC." https://reverb.com/item/312458-mosrite- ... t-bXLAho0k
NO 180: Brown or Natural. Pics and page saved.
Source: https://reverb.com/item/3369670-mosrite-bluesbender
NO 190: Cherry Burst.
NO 195: Has a pad on the back.
NO 196: Black. Signed by Nokie Edwards.
NO 202: Black. Pics saved. Has a Black Widow type pad on the back. Was for sale on eBay in April 2011.
NO 203:

This list is up to 50 individual guitars (maybe fewer, depending on ones in the unknown # section.)

37 with Numbers,
2 with partial numbers,
1 with a speculated number,
3 with no numbers,
7 unknown.

- Austin
1966 Ventures II (German Carved, B670,)
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 1,
1970s "Not a Blues Bender" Body 2,
1976 Brass Rail Deluxe #10,
2013 Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI.


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