Mosrite Joe Maphis Models Serial # List - An Ongoing Project

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Mosrite Joe Maphis Models Serial # List - An Ongoing Project

Postby 101Volts » Mon Jan 03, 2022 10:19 pm

For anyone who has found this thread for the first time, if I've posted a recent reply to the topic, check there for the most recent update to the list.

==============
Recent Updates:
==============

4 Jan 2022 - Created topic, added 10 instruments.

=====================
Model History & Trivia:
=====================

Mosrite History is a sparsely known subject, and hopefully this can help fill some of that void.

First, there are several guitars that can be known as a "Joe Maphis Model." The first one was what became the Ventures model. Few exist, and they are early "Joe Maphis" Prototypes, pre-dating all of the Ventures models. These date from 1962 or 1963, as far as I know, but I don't know much about these. They're completely different from what ended up being the Joe Maphis models later on.

After that, The Joe Maphis Guitar (Single Neck, Production model, seems to have started production in 1966) came as a 6 String Guitar, 12 String Guitar, and as a 4 String Bass. All of these have a body that's "fatter" than a Ventures model, and it's a chambered body. I'm not sure when production ended, but the 13th of February 1969 is the end date for the initial Bakersfield factory period. (The doors were locked the next day, the 14th of February 1969.) That said, we do have one guitar listed that was assembled in the 1970s, probably with a 1960s body.

I've also seen a variant of the 6 String Guitar, with body horns that were more curved. I'm not sure where that fits in with this model's history, yet; it may or may not be a more ornate prototype.

This model shares its body outline shape with the Mosrite "Combo" model, which is a semi-hollow guitar with an F hole.

There's also a Joe Maphis Double Neck model, though it does not share the shape of the common Joe Maphis Single Neck (production) model. It is also listed here by association of Joe's name, although the Double Neck model looks like more of a Ventures Double Neck than not. Then again, Joe primarily played Double-Necked Guitar, and he had to take a back seat to the Ventures, so I suppose this might have been a bit of an apology?

===================
Model Specifications:
===================

Single Neck Models:

24.50" Scale Length (6 String and 12 String Guitar)
30.00" Scale Length (Bass)
Mosrite Ventures Single Coil Pickups / Mosrite Ventures Bass Pickups
Maple Neck
Binding on Neck
Rosewood Fretboard
Fretboard Binding
Chambered Body
Binding on Body

Lastly, I've seen some of these with more ornate horns by the neck. I'm not sure when that version dates from.

Double-Necked Models:

To be frank, I need to double-check the info before posting this here. However, I don't expect it's much different from the Ventures models. I just don't expect this model to have a chambered body, but I don't know.

============================================
Single Neck (Prototype, Pre-Ventures) Models - 1:
============================================

No Number Visible - Sunburst. For sale from DOLPHIN GUITARS, Suita, Japan. Pics and page saved. https://reverb.com/item/40978223-mosrit ... demo-video

=====================================
Single Neck Production Models - 5 Total:
=====================================

=================
4-String Basses - 2:
=================

============
Known #s - 1:
============

R080 - Natural. For Sale on Reverb, 2021 from Yeahman's Vintage & Used Guitars in Bern, Switzerland. Pics and page saved. https://reverb.com/item/44471788-1966-m ... 02-natural

================
Speculated #s - 1:
================

R103 - Natural. For sale on Reverb, 2021 from Magnetic Heaven Music, San Diego, CA, USA. Seller didn't say the #, I looked at pics after inverting color. Pics and page saved. https://reverb.com/item/32646155-mosrit ... low-serial

==================
6-String Guitars - 5:
==================

============
Known #s - 2:
============

D005 - Natural. Owned by Josh Fehnel. The neck date says Jan 26, 1966 and the neck also seems to says "0009" under the date (the first 0 was cut off by a screw hole.) Was sold by Lipham in Gainsville, FL (Where, I'm told, Tom Petty and also members of the Allman Brothers Band worked?) Pics saved.
D221 - Natural. For sale from Reverb, seller "Gear Central" in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 2022. This guitar was bought by the original owner in 1968, and it had the tuners replaced for Grovers some time ago. The vibrato spring was also replaced, but everything else is original. It's a very well used, worn example: worn but original frets, cracked and arm-worn (and pick-scratched) finish, paint worn through on the neck, belt buckle rash, cigarette burns on the headstock. This guitar's why I wanted to start the list in the first place. Pics and Page Saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/48820678-mosrit ... intage-usa

==================================
Speculated and Uncertain # Section - 1:
==================================

D606 or D608 - Natural. Has a signature on the guitar. Pics and page saved. http://www.guitartraders.com/20288

====================
Unknown # Section - 2:
====================

??? - Natural. Has strangely curved, decorative horns on it. Was on eBay at one point, but I didn't document it. I do have 1 pic saved, though.
???? - Solid Red Front, Sunburst Neck and Headstock with "by Semie Moseley" Logo on it. Has 3-Ply Binding on the Body, and 1-Ply Binding on the neck. Has a stop tailpiece, like seen on Mosrite 350 models. Also has "Diamond" tuners. This is most likely a 1970 - 1973 model, due to the strange finish and hodgepodge of 1970s parts, and Semie's name under the logo. This guitar was listed on Reverb in April 2018, and I posted about it; the post got a good number of replies, including one by the current owner. Pics and Pages (forum discussion included) Saved. Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/4351324-1968-mo ... ric-guitar --- Forum Post: viewtopic.php?p=69392#p69392

===================
12-String Guitars - 0:
===================

None yet.

===========================================
Double Neck Models with 6 and 12 String Necks:
===========================================

============
Known #s - 2:
============

2J067 - Sunburst. For sale from Japan, seller "tresurejapan" on 4 Jan 2022. Pics and page saved.
2J116 - Red (Refinish.) has smooth-top pickups, strangely. For sale from Bryan's Gear Emporium in Ingleburn, Australia on 4, Jan 2022. Pics and page saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/38802777-1965-m ... -twin-neck

==============
Unknown #s - 2:
==============

2J??? - Blue. For sale from Jay Rosen Music in Emeryville, CA, USA on 4 Jan, 2022. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/34432420-mosrit ... -1966-blue
????? - Blue. May have not been stamped, or may have been re-fretted, though it doesn't look like it. For sale from Andy Babiuk's Fab Gear, Rochester, NY, USA. Pics and page saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/3007991-mosrite ... -1966-blue

=================
Total Instruments:
=================

=======================================
Single Neck (Prototype, Pre-Ventures) Models:
=======================================

1 Guitar.

============================
Single Neck (Production) Models:
============================

1 Bass with a Known #,
1 Bass with a Speculated #.

2 Six-String Guitars with Known #s,
1 Guitar with a Speculated #,
2 Guitars with an Unknown #.

==================
Double-Neck Models:
==================

2 with a known #,
2 with unknown (or missing) #s.

Total Instruments - 12.

===============================
Finishes & Variants Accounted For:
===============================

===========================
Single Neck (Prototype) Models:
===========================

Sunburst

============================
Single Neck (Production) Models:
============================

Natural - Natural front, Natural Dark Brown back. This is the most common finish for these models, and it may have been the only option in the 1960s.
Solid Red Front, with Brown Sides & Back - Only seen on 1 early 1970s Parts-rite model.

==================
Double Neck Models:
==================

Blue
Sunburst

========

Finally, here's a photo of a Joe Maphis (Production model) Guitar, for Facebook posts to have something to link:

Image

- 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: Mosrite Joe Maphis Models Serial # List - An Ongoing Project

Postby 101Volts » Tue Jan 04, 2022 10:04 am

For anyone who has found this thread for the first time, if I've posted a recent reply to the topic, check there for the most recent update to the list.

==============
Recent Updates:
==============

4 Jan 2022 -

Update 1: Created topic, added 10 instruments.

Update 2: Added a few instruments, and deleted what I felt to be excessive equal sign barriers.

=====================
Model History & Trivia:
=====================

Mosrite History is a sparsely known subject, and hopefully this can help fill some of that void.

First, there are several guitars that can be known as a "Joe Maphis Model." The first one was what became the Ventures model. Few exist, and they are early "Joe Maphis" Prototypes, pre-dating all of the Ventures models. These date from 1962 or 1963, as far as I know, but I don't know much about these. They're completely different from what ended up being the Joe Maphis models later on.

After that, The Joe Maphis Guitar (Single Neck, Production model, seems to have started production in 1966) came as a 6 String Guitar, 12 String Guitar, and as a 4 String Bass. All of these have a body that's "fatter" than a Ventures model, and it's a chambered body. I'm not sure when production ended, but the 13th of February 1969 is the end date for the initial Bakersfield factory period. (The doors were locked the next day, the 14th of February 1969.) That said, we do have one guitar listed that was assembled in the 1970s, probably with a 1960s body.

I've also seen a variant of the 6 String Guitar, with body horns that were more curved. I'm not sure where that fits in with this model's history, yet; it may or may not be a more ornate prototype.

This model shares its body outline shape with the Mosrite "Combo" model, which is a semi-hollow guitar with an F hole.

There's also a Joe Maphis Double Neck model, though it does not share the shape of the common Joe Maphis Single Neck (production) model. It is also listed here by association of Joe's name, although the Double Neck model looks like more of a Ventures Double Neck than not. Then again, Joe primarily played Double-Necked Guitar, and he had to take a back seat to the Ventures, so I suppose this might have been a bit of an apology?

===================
Model Specifications:
===================

Single Neck Models:

24.50" Scale Length (6 String and 12 String Guitar)
30.00" Scale Length (Bass)
Mosrite Ventures Single Coil Pickups / Mosrite Ventures Bass Pickups
Maple Neck
Binding on Neck
Rosewood Fretboard
Fretboard Binding
Chambered Body
Binding on Body

Lastly, I've seen some of these with more ornate horns by the neck. I'm not sure when that version dates from.

Double-Necked Models:

To be frank, I need to double-check the info before posting this here. However, I don't expect it's much different from the Ventures models. I just don't expect this model to have a chambered body, but I don't know.

=================================================
Single Neck (Prototype, Pre-Ventures) Models - 3 Total:
=================================================

W0221676 - Sunburst. Number is on the Vibramute tailpiece. Belongs to Arturo Tapia Paulin. Pics saved. ---https://www.facebook.com/groups/329425863860893/permalink/1150905755046229/

Unknown, or No Number:

No Number Visible - Sunburst, Mistake Plate model. Has a very primitive Vibramute on it, so early that it doesn't say "Vibramute." Seems to be one of the five 1959 models. Pics and page saved.--- https://reverb.com/item/4592357-mosrite ... b-58571457
No Number Visible - Sunburst. For sale from DOLPHIN GUITARS, Suita, Japan. Pics and page saved. --- https://reverb.com/item/40978223-mosrit ... demo-video

====================================
Single Neck Production Models - 9 Total:
====================================

=================
4-String Basses - 2:
=================

Known #s - 1:

R080 - Natural. For Sale on Reverb, 2021 from Yeahman's Vintage & Used Guitars in Bern, Switzerland. Pics and page saved. https://reverb.com/item/44471788-1966-m ... 02-natural

Speculated #s - 1:

R103 - Natural. For sale on Reverb, 2021 from Magnetic Heaven Music, San Diego, CA, USA. Seller didn't say the #, I looked at pics after inverting color. Pics and page saved. https://reverb.com/item/32646155-mosrit ... low-serial

==================
6-String Guitars - 7:
==================

Known #s - 3:

D005 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock, which takes up most of the headstock. Owned by Josh Fehnel. The neck date says Jan 26, 1966 and the neck also seems to says "0009" under the date (the first 0 was cut off by a screw hole.) Was sold by Lipham in Gainsville, FL (Where, I'm told, Tom Petty and also members of the Allman Brothers Band worked?) Pics saved.
D086 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis Model" on headstock, instead of "Joe Maphis model I." Model name is also off-center, and a bit close to the "M" carve. 2 pics saved. Belongs to Beau Butcher.
D221 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock. For sale from Reverb, seller "Gear Central" in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 2022. This guitar was bought by the original owner in 1968, and it had the tuners replaced for Grovers some time ago. The vibrato spring was also replaced, but everything else is original. It's a very well used, worn example: worn but original frets, cracked and arm-worn (and pick-scratched) finish, paint worn through on the neck, belt buckle rash, cigarette burns on the headstock. This guitar's why I wanted to start the list in the first place. Pics and Page Saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/48820678-mosrit ... intage-usa
D404 - Natural. Only says "Mosrite" on the headstock, does not have the model name. Also has what seems to be a plugged hole in the headstock, near where the model name would be. Has smooth "Mark V" pickups, and the truss rod channel appears to be adjustable at the headstock, but the body end is also open. Belongs to Fredric Vandel. Pics saved. https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 9113516548


Speculated and Uncertain # Section - 1:

D606 or D608 - Natural. Does not have a model name on the headstock, and has plastic-button Kluson tuners. Has a signature on the guitar. Pics and page saved. http://www.guitartraders.com/20288

Unknown # Section - 3:

???? - Natural. Has strangely curved, decorative horns on it. Was on eBay at one point, but I didn't document it. I do have 1 pic saved, though.
???? - Natural. Belongs to Charley Dunn. Pic saved. Has "Joe Maphis model I" on the headstock. https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 874070786/
???? - Solid Red Front, Sunburst Neck and Headstock with "by Semie Moseley" Logo on it. Has 3-Ply Binding on the Body, and 1-Ply Binding on the neck. Has a stop tailpiece, like seen on Mosrite 350 models. Also has "Diamond" tuners. This is most likely a 1970 - 1973 model, due to the strange finish and hodgepodge of 1970s parts, and Semie's name under the logo. This guitar was listed on Reverb in April 2018, and I posted about it; the post got a good number of replies, including one by the current owner. Pics and Pages (forum discussion included) Saved. Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/4351324-1968-mo ... ric-guitar --- Forum Post: viewtopic.php?p=69392#p69392

===================
12-String Guitars - 0:
===================

None yet.

==================================================
Double Neck Models with 6 and 12 String Necks - 4 Total:
==================================================

Known #s - 2:

2J067 - Sunburst. For sale from Japan, seller "tresurejapan" on 4 Jan 2022. Pics and page saved.
2J116 - Red (Refinish.) has smooth-top pickups, strangely. For sale from Bryan's Gear Emporium in Ingleburn, Australia on 4, Jan 2022. Pics and page saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/38802777-1965-m ... -twin-neck

Unknown #s - 2:

2J??? - Blue. For sale from Jay Rosen Music in Emeryville, CA, USA on 4 Jan, 2022. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/34432420-mosrit ... -1966-blue
????? - Blue. May have not been stamped, or may have been re-fretted, though it doesn't look like it. For sale from Andy Babiuk's Fab Gear, Rochester, NY, USA. Pics and page saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/3007991-mosrite ... -1966-blue

=================
Total Instruments:
=================

Single Neck (Prototype, Pre-Ventures) Models:

3 Guitars.

Single Neck (Production) Models:

1 Bass with a Known #,
1 Bass with a Speculated #.

3 Six-String Guitars with Known #s,
1 Guitar with a Speculated #,
3 Guitars with an Unknown #.

Double-Neck Models:

2 with a known #,
2 with unknown (or missing) #s.

Total Instruments - 16.

===============================
Finishes & Variants Accounted For:
===============================

Single Neck (Prototype) Models:

Sunburst

Single Neck (Production) Models:

Natural - Natural front, Natural Dark Brown back. This is the most common finish for these models, and it may have been the only option in the 1960s.
Solid Red Front, with Brown Sides & Back - Only seen on 1 early 1970s Parts-rite model.

Double Neck Models:

Blue
Sunburst

========

Finally, here's a photo of a Joe Maphis (Production model) Guitar, for Facebook posts to have something to link:

Image

- 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: Mosrite Joe Maphis Models Serial # List - An Ongoing Project

Postby 101Volts » Tue Jan 04, 2022 4:40 pm

For anyone who has found this thread for the first time, if I've posted a recent reply to the topic, check there for the most recent update to the list.

==============
Recent Updates:
==============

5 Jan 2022:

Added various guitars to the list, including now a Joe Maphis Double Neck from 1991 or 1992.

4 Jan 2022 -

Update 1: Created topic, added 10 instruments.

Update 2: Added a few instruments, and deleted what I felt to be excessive equal sign barriers.

======================
Models History & Trivia:
======================

Mosrite History is a sparsely known subject, and hopefully this can help fill some of that void.

First, there are several guitars that can be known as a "Joe Maphis Model." The first one was what became the Ventures model. Few exist, and they are early "Joe Maphis" Prototypes, pre-dating all of the Ventures models. These date from 1962 or 1963, as far as I know, but I don't know much about these. They're completely different from what ended up being the Joe Maphis models later on.

After that, The Joe Maphis Guitar (Single Neck, Production model, seems to have started production in 1966) came as a 6 String Guitar, 12 String Guitar, and as a 4 String Bass. All of these have a body that's "fatter" than a Ventures model, and it's a chambered body. I'm not sure when production ended, but the 13th of February 1969 is the end date for the initial Bakersfield factory period. (The doors were locked the next day, the 14th of February 1969.) That said, we do have one guitar listed that was assembled in the 1970s, probably with a 1960s body.

I've also seen a variant of the 6 String Guitar, with body horns that were more curved. I'm not sure where that fits in with this model's history, yet; it may or may not be a more ornate prototype.

This model shares its body outline shape with the Mosrite "Combo" model, which is a semi-hollow guitar with an F hole.

There's also a Joe Maphis Double Neck model, though it does not share the shape of the common Joe Maphis Single Neck (production) model. It is also listed here by association of Joe's name, although the Double Neck model looks like more of a Ventures Double Neck than not. Then again, Joe primarily played Double-Necked Guitar, and he had to take a back seat to the Ventures, so I suppose this might have been a bit of an apology?

Finally, Semie still made a rare few Joe Maphis Double Neck Models in the 1980s - his death in 1992, but these differ from the first iteration of the Maphis Double Neck. These ones look much more like the one Semie built for Joe in the 1950s.

===================
Model Specifications:
===================

Single Neck Models:

24.50" Scale Length (6 String and 12 String Guitar)
30.00" Scale Length (Bass)
Mosrite Ventures Single Coil Pickups / Mosrite Ventures Bass Pickups
Maple Neck
Binding on Neck
Rosewood Fretboard
Fretboard Binding
Chambered Body
Binding on Body

Lastly, I've seen some of these with more ornate horns by the neck. I'm not sure when that version dates from.

Double-Necked Models:

To be frank, I need to double-check the info before posting this here. However, I don't expect it's much different from the Ventures models. I just don't expect this model to have a chambered body, but I don't know.

=================================================
Single Neck (Prototype, Pre-Ventures) Models - 3 Total:
=================================================

W0221676 - Sunburst. Number is on the Vibramute tailpiece. Belongs to Arturo Tapia Paulin. Pics saved. ---https://www.facebook.com/groups/329425863860893/permalink/1150905755046229/

Unknown, or No Number:

No Number Visible - Sunburst, Mistake Plate model. Has a very primitive Vibramute on it, so early that it doesn't say "Vibramute." Seems to be one of the five 1959 models. Pics and page saved.--- https://reverb.com/item/4592357-mosrite ... b-58571457
No Number Visible - Sunburst. For sale from DOLPHIN GUITARS, Suita, Japan. Pics and page saved. --- https://reverb.com/item/40978223-mosrit ... demo-video

====================================
Single Neck Production Models - 9 Total:
====================================

=================
4-String Basses - 2:
=================

Known #s - 1:

R080 - Natural. For Sale on Reverb, 2021 from Yeahman's Vintage & Used Guitars in Bern, Switzerland. Pics and page saved. https://reverb.com/item/44471788-1966-m ... 02-natural

Speculated #s - 1:

R103 - Natural. For sale on Reverb, 2021 from Magnetic Heaven Music, San Diego, CA, USA. Seller didn't say the #, I looked at pics after inverting color. Pics and page saved. https://reverb.com/item/32646155-mosrit ... low-serial

==================
6-String Guitars - 8:
==================

Known #s - 4:

D005 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock, which takes up most of the headstock. Owned by Josh Fehnel. The neck date says Jan 26, 1966 and the neck also seems to says "0009" under the date (the first 0 was cut off by a screw hole.) Was sold by Lipham's in Gainsville, FL, a prominent store where, I've read, Tom Petty took guitar lessons and members of the Allman Brothers Band worked. Pics saved.
D086 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis Model" on headstock, instead of "Joe Maphis model I." Model name is also off-center, and a bit close to the "M" carve. 2 pics saved. Belongs to Beau Butcher.
D221 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock. For sale from Reverb, seller "Gear Central" in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 2022. This guitar was bought by the original owner in 1968, and it had the tuners replaced for Grovers some time ago. The vibrato spring was also replaced, but everything else is original. It's a very well used, worn example: worn but original frets, cracked and arm-worn (and pick-scratched) finish, paint worn through on the neck, belt buckle rash, cigarette burns on the headstock. This guitar's why I wanted to start the list in the first place. Pics and Page Saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/48820678-mosrit ... intage-usa
D404 - Natural. No model name on headstock. Also has what seems to be a plugged hole in the headstock, near where the model name would be. Has smooth "Mark V" pickups, and the truss rod channel appears to be adjustable at the headstock, but the body end is also open. Belongs to Fredric Vandel. Pics saved. https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 9113516548
D448 - Natural. No model name on headstock. Posted by Ricky Toner on Facebook in 2017: --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 037847959/
D481 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis Model" on headstock. Was in a flood, so it's missing electronics and the string guide. Belongs to Cindy Cline. Pics saved. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 785036654/


Speculated and Uncertain # Section - 1:

D606 or D608 - Natural. Does not have a model name on the headstock, and has plastic-button Kluson tuners. Has a signature on the guitar. Pics and page saved. http://www.guitartraders.com/20288

Unknown # Section - 3:

???? - Natural. Has strangely curved, decorative horns on it. Was on eBay at one point, but I didn't document it. I do have 1 pic saved, though.
???? - Natural. Belongs to Charley Dunn. Pic saved. Has "Joe Maphis model I" on the headstock. https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 874070786/
???? - Solid Red Front, Sunburst Neck and Headstock with "by Semie Moseley" Logo on it. Has 3-Ply Binding on the Body, and 1-Ply Binding on the neck. Has a stop tailpiece, like seen on Mosrite 350 models. Also has "Diamond" tuners. This is most likely a 1970 - 1973 model, due to the strange finish and hodgepodge of 1970s parts, and Semie's name under the logo. This guitar was listed on Reverb in April 2018, and I posted about it; the post got a good number of replies, including one by the current owner. Pics and Pages (forum discussion included) Saved. Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/4351324-1968-mo ... ric-guitar --- Forum Post: viewtopic.php?p=69392#p69392

===================
12-String Guitars - 1:
===================

Blank or Unknown # Section - 1:

???? - Natural. French-Adam Gardner's. Pics saved. https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 239211182/

==================================================
Double Neck Models with 6 and 12 String Necks - 4 Total:
==================================================

Known #s - 2:

2J067 - Sunburst. For sale from Japan, seller "tresurejapan" on 4 Jan 2022. Pics and page saved.
2J116 - Red (Refinish.) has smooth-top pickups, strangely. For sale from Bryan's Gear Emporium in Ingleburn, Australia on 4, Jan 2022. Pics and page saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/38802777-1965-m ... -twin-neck

Unknown #s - 2:

????? - Blue. For sale from Jay Rosen Music in Emeryville, CA, USA on 4 Jan, 2022. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/34432420-mosrit ... -1966-blue
????? - Blue. May have not been stamped, or may have been re-fretted, though it doesn't look like it. For sale from Andy Babiuk's Fab Gear, Rochester, NY, USA. Pics and page saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/3007991-mosrite ... -1966-blue

Unknown # Later Joe Maphis Double Necks from the 80s and 90s - 1:

???? - I'm not sure how to describe the finish, at present. This is supposed to be a 1991 - 1992 instrument, and it looks like one of Semie's 1950s builds, but with better materials available. Was posted for sale from Merinda Kispert Kacsmaryk in 2017. ---https://www.facebook.com/groups/329425863860893/permalink/938016773001796/

=================
Total Instruments:
=================

Single Neck (Prototype, Pre-Ventures) Models:

3 Guitars.

Single Neck (Production) Models:

1 Bass with a Known #,
1 Bass with a Speculated #.

4 Six-String Guitars with Known #s,
1 Guitar with a Speculated #,
3 Guitars with an Unknown #.

1 Blank/Unknown 12 String Guitar,

Double-Neck Models:

1960s models:

2 with a known #,
2 with unknown (or missing) #s.

1980s - 1992 instruments:

1 from 1991/1992.

Total Instruments - 19.

===============================
Finishes & Variants Accounted For:
===============================

Single Neck (Prototype) Models:

Sunburst

Single Neck (Production) Models:

Natural - Natural front, Natural Dark Brown back. This is the most common finish for these models, and it may have been the only option in the 1960s.
Solid Red Front, with Brown Sides & Back - Only seen on 1 early 1970s Parts-rite model.

Double Neck Models:

1960s:

Blue.
Sunburst.

1980s - 1990s:

Translucent Yellow to Red Burst.

========

Finally, here's a photo of a Joe Maphis (Production model) Guitar, for Facebook posts to have something to link:

Image

- 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: Mosrite Joe Maphis Models Serial # List - An Ongoing Project

Postby 101Volts » Tue Jan 04, 2022 8:42 pm

For anyone who has found this thread for the first time, if I've posted a recent reply to the topic, check there for the most recent update to the list.

(I mean to post this note until the end of page 1.)

===============
Recent Updates:
===============

5 Jan 2022:

Update 1: Added various guitars to the list, including now a Joe Maphis Double Neck from 1991 or 1992.

Update 2:

Moved Charley Dunn's to the Known # section; it's D117.

Added 2 more Double Neck models, 2J143 and also one with 2 mismatched numbers: 2J368/2J369.

Also added the first 1980s Joe Maphis Single Neck model to the list.

Simplified the list, so I don't confuse simple addition again while probably too tired.

Changed the trivia and history section.

4 Jan 2022 -

Update 1: Created topic, added 10 instruments.

Update 2: Added a few instruments, and deleted what I felt to be excessive equal sign barriers.

=====================
Models History & Trivia:
=====================

Mosrite History is a sparsely known subject, and hopefully this can help fill some of that void.

First, there's a small batch of guitars from 1959 - 1962 that can be known as a "Joe Maphis Model." These first ones later became the Ventures model. They pre-date all of the Ventures models. I don't know much about these. They're completely different from what ended up being the Joe Maphis models later on.

After that, The production model that was the Joe Maphis single neck model seems to have started production in Jan 1966. It came as a 6 String Guitar, 12 String Guitar, and as a 4 String Bass. All of these have a body that's fatter than a Ventures model, and it has a chambered body. I'm not sure when production ended, but the 13th of February 1969 is the end date for the initial Bakersfield factory period. (The doors were locked the next day, the 14th of February 1969.) That said, we do have 1 guitar listed that was assembled in the 1970s, probably with a 1960s body.

I've also seen a variant of the 6 String Guitar, with body horns that were more curved. I'm not sure where that fits in with this model's history, yet; it may or may not be a more ornate prototype.

This model shares its body outline shape with the Mosrite "Combo" model, which is a semi-hollow guitar with an F hole.

There's also a Joe Maphis Double Neck model, though it does not share the shape of the common Joe Maphis Single Neck (production) model. It is also listed here by association of Joe's name, although the Double Neck model looks like more of a Ventures Double Neck than not. Then again, Joe primarily played Double-Necked Guitar, and he had to take a back seat to the Ventures, so I suppose this might have been a bit of an apology?

Finally, Semie still made a rare few Joe Maphis Double Neck Models in the 1980s - his death in 1992, but these differ from the first iteration of the Maphis Double Neck. These ones look much more like the one Semie built for Joe in the 1950s.

===================
Model Specifications:
===================

Single Neck Models:

24.50" Scale Length (6 String and 12 String Guitar)
30.00" Scale Length (Bass)
Mosrite Ventures Single Coil Pickups / Mosrite Ventures Bass Pickups
Maple Neck
Binding on Neck
Rosewood Fretboard
Fretboard Binding
Chambered Body
Binding on Body

Lastly, I've seen some of these with more ornate horns by the neck. I'm not sure when that version dates from.

Double-Necked Models:

To be frank, I need to double-check the info before posting this here. However, I don't expect it's much different from the Ventures models. I just don't expect this model to have a chambered body, but I don't know.

=====================================================
1959 - 1962 Single Neck (Prototype, Pre-Ventures) Models:
=====================================================

Known #s - 1:

W0221676 - Sunburst. Number is on the Vibramute tailpiece. Belongs to Arturo Tapia Paulin. Pics saved. ---https://www.facebook.com/groups/329425863860893/permalink/1150905755046229/

Unknown, or No Number - 2:

No Number Visible - Sunburst, Mistake Plate model. Has a very primitive Vibramute on it, so early that it doesn't say "Vibramute." Seems to be one of the five 1959 models. Pics and page saved.--- https://reverb.com/item/4592357-mosrite ... b-58571457
No Number Visible - Sunburst. For sale from DOLPHIN GUITARS, Suita, Japan. Pics and page saved. --- https://reverb.com/item/40978223-mosrit ... demo-video

==================================
1960s Single Neck Production Models:
==================================

==============
4-String Basses:
==============

Known #s - 1:

R080 - Natural. For Sale on Reverb, 2021 from Yeahman's Vintage & Used Guitars in Bern, Switzerland. Pics and page saved. https://reverb.com/item/44471788-1966-m ... 02-natural

Speculated #s - 1:

R103 - Natural. For sale on Reverb, 2021 from Magnetic Heaven Music, San Diego, CA, USA. Seller didn't say the #, I looked at pics after inverting color. Pics and page saved. https://reverb.com/item/32646155-mosrit ... low-serial

===========================
6-String Guitars, 1960s Models:
===========================

Known #s - 7:

D005 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock, which takes up most of the headstock. Owned by Josh Fehnel. The neck date says Jan 26, 1966 and the neck also seems to says "0009" under the date (the first 0 was cut off by a screw hole.) Was sold by Lipham's in Gainsville, FL, a prominent store where, I've read, Tom Petty took guitar lessons and members of the Allman Brothers Band worked. Pics saved.
D086 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis Model" on headstock, instead of "Joe Maphis model I." Model name is also off-center, and a bit close to the "M" carve. 2 pics saved. Belongs to Beau Butcher.
D117 - Natural. Has "Joe Maphis model I" on the headstock. Belongs to Charley Dunn. Pics saved. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 874070786/
D221 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock. For sale from Reverb, seller "Gear Central" in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 2022. This guitar was bought by the original owner in 1968, and it had the tuners replaced for Grovers some time ago. The vibrato spring was also replaced, but everything else is original. It's a very well used, worn example: worn but original frets, cracked and arm-worn (and pick-scratched) finish, paint worn through on the neck, belt buckle rash, cigarette burns on the headstock. This guitar's why I wanted to start the list in the first place. Pics and Page Saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/48820678-mosrit ... intage-usa
D404 - Natural. No model name on headstock. Also has what seems to be a plugged hole in the headstock, near where the model name would be. Has smooth "Mark V" pickups, and the truss rod channel appears to be adjustable at the headstock, but the body end is also open. Belongs to Fredric Vandel. Pics saved. https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 9113516548
D448 - Natural. No model name on headstock. Posted by Ricky Toner on Facebook in 2017. Pics saved. Link: --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 037847959/
D481 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis Model" on headstock. Was in a flood, so it's missing electronics and the string guide. Belongs to Cindy Cline. Pics saved. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 785036654/


Speculated and Uncertain # Section - 2:

D035 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock, and has a body-end truss rod adjustment, so it has to be early. I can barely tell the #, if at all, in the photos. Pics and page saved. Was for sale from Double-d-guitars in Baltimore, MD, USA. --- https://reverb.com/item/26665-mosrite-j ... ric-guitar
D606 or D608 - Natural. Does not have a model name on the headstock, and has plastic-button Kluson tuners. Has a signature on the guitar. Pics and page saved. http://www.guitartraders.com/20288


Unknown # Section - 2:

???? - Natural. Has strangely curved, decorative horns on it. Was on eBay at one point, but I didn't document it. I do have 1 pic saved, though. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 874070786/
???? - Solid Red Front, Sunburst Neck and Headstock with "by Semie Moseley" Logo on it. Has 3-Ply Binding on the Body, and 1-Ply Binding on the neck. Has a stop tailpiece, like seen on Mosrite 350 models. Also has "Diamond" tuners. This is most likely a 1970 - 1973 model, due to the strange finish and hodgepodge of 1970s parts, and Semie's name under the logo. This guitar was listed on Reverb in April 2018, and I posted about it; the post got a good number of replies, including one by the current owner. Pics and Pages (forum discussion included) Saved. Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/4351324-1968-mo ... ric-guitar --- Forum Post: viewtopic.php?p=69392#p69392

===============
12-String Guitars:
===============

Blank or Unknown # Section - 1:

???? - Natural. French-Adam Gardner's. Pics saved. https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 239211182/

============================
6-String Guitars, 1980s Models:
============================

Known #s - 1:

42339, "R0SS" in Fretboard (original owner's name?) - Natural, marbled wood. Built in 1986. Pics and page saved. --- https://reverb.com/item/142589-mosrite- ... 86-natural

================================================
1960s Double Neck Models with 6 and 12 String Necks:
================================================

Known #s - 5:

2J067 - Sunburst. For sale from Japan, seller "tresurejapan" on 4 Jan 2022. Pics and page saved.
2J116 - Red (Refinish.) has smooth-top pickups, strangely. For sale from Bryan's Gear Emporium in Ingleburn, Australia on 4, Jan 2022. Pics and page saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/38802777-1965-m ... -twin-neck
2J120 --- Sunburst. 2 pics saved. https://guitarpoint.de/de/electric/zema ... oubleneck/
2J143 - Red. Was for sale at Ed Roman's site. # is according to the Ed Roman page. --- http://www.edroman.com/detail_sheets/mo ... _d113.html
2J368 / 2J369 - Sunburst, Necks Sunburst, Headstocks Black. Serial # 368 is on the 6 String Neck, serial # 369 is on the 12 String Neck. 6 String Neck says "Joe Maphis Model." Pics and page saved. --- http://www.tuneyoursound.com/collection ... uitar-1966

Unknown #s - 2:

????? - Blue. For sale from Jay Rosen Music in Emeryville, CA, USA on 4 Jan, 2022. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/34432420-mosrit ... -1966-blue
????? - Blue. May have not been stamped, or may have been re-fretted, though it doesn't look like it. For sale from Andy Babiuk's Fab Gear, Rochester, NY, USA. Pics and page saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/3007991-mosrite ... -1966-blue

========================
1980s - 1990s Double Necks:
========================

Known #s - 1:

PRO-001 - Sunburst. Prototype of the 1980s Joe Maphis Double-necks. Reads "Prototype J.M. 65 made in memory of my dear friend Joe Maphis Semie Mosely 1986" on the back of the 6-String Headstock. Pics and page saved. --- https://www.frettedamericana.com/produc ... ouble-neck

Unknown #s - 1:

???? - I'm not sure how to describe the finish, at present. This is supposed to be a 1991 - 1992 instrument, and it looks like one of Semie's 1950s builds, but with better materials available. Was posted for sale from Merinda Kispert Kacsmaryk in 2017. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 773001796/

=================
Total Instruments:
=================

Single Neck (Prototype, Pre-Ventures) Models:

1 with a known #,
2 with unknown #s.

1960s Single Neck (Production) Models:

1 Bass with a Known #,
1 Bass with a Speculated #.

7 Six-String Guitars with Known #s,
2 Guitars with a Speculated #,
2 Guitars with an Unknown #.

1 Blank/Unknown 12 String Guitar,

1980s Single Neck Models:

1 Known # 6-String Guitar.

1960s Double-Neck Models:

5 with known #s,
2 with unknown (or missing) #s.

1980s - 1992 Double Neck Instruments:

Known #s - 1

Unknown #s - 1

Total Instruments - 27.

===============================
Finishes & Variants Accounted For:
===============================

Single Neck (Prototype) Models:

Sunburst

Single Neck (Production) Models:

Natural - Natural front, Natural Dark Brown back. This is the most common finish for these models, and it may have been the only option in the 1960s.
Solid Red Front, with Brown Sides & Back - Only seen on 1 early 1970s Parts-rite model.

Double Neck Models:

1960s:

Blue,
Red,
Sunburst.

1980s - 1990s:

Sunburst.
Translucent Yellow to Red Burst.

========

Finally, here's a photo of a Joe Maphis (Production model) Guitar, for Facebook posts to have something to link:

Image

- 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: Mosrite Joe Maphis Models Serial # List - An Ongoing Project

Postby 101Volts » Wed Jan 05, 2022 2:37 pm

For anyone who has found this thread for the first time, if I've posted a recent reply to the topic, check there for the most recent update to the list.

(I mean to post this note until the end of page 1.)

===============
Recent Updates:
===============

5 Jan 2022:

Update 1:

Added various guitars to the list, including now a Joe Maphis Double Neck from 1991 or 1992.

Update 2:

Moved Charley Dunn's to the Known # section; it's D117.

Added 2 more Double Neck models, 2J143 and also one with 2 mismatched numbers: 2J368/2J369.

Also added the first 1980s Joe Maphis Single Neck model to the list.

Simplified the list, so I don't confuse simple addition again while probably too tired.

Changed the trivia and history section.

Update 3:

Changed position of the 1980s single neck, and added info to the curved-horn (Joe Maphis model II.)

=====================
Models History & Trivia:
=====================

Mosrite History is a sparsely known subject, and hopefully this can help fill some of that void.

First, there's a small batch of guitars from 1959 - 1962 that can be known as a "Joe Maphis Model." These first ones later became the Ventures model. They pre-date all of the Ventures models. I don't know much about these. They're completely different from what ended up being the Joe Maphis models later on.

After that, The production model that was the Joe Maphis single neck model seems to have started production in Jan 1966. It came as a 6 String Guitar, 12 String Guitar, and as a 4 String Bass. All of these have a body that's fatter than a Ventures model, and it has a chambered body. I'm not sure when production ended, but the 13th of February 1969 is the end date for the initial Bakersfield factory period. (The doors were locked the next day, the 14th of February 1969.) That said, we do have 1 guitar listed that was assembled in the 1970s, probably with a 1960s body.

I've also seen a variant of the 6 String Guitar, with body horns that were more curved. I'm not sure where that fits in with this model's history, yet; it may or may not be a more ornate prototype.

This model shares its body outline shape with the Mosrite "Combo" model, which is a semi-hollow guitar with an F hole.

There's also a Joe Maphis Double Neck model, though it does not share the shape of the common Joe Maphis Single Neck (production) model. It is also listed here by association of Joe's name, although the Double Neck model looks like more of a Ventures Double Neck than not. Then again, Joe primarily played Double-Necked Guitar, and he had to take a back seat to the Ventures, so I suppose this might have been a bit of an apology?

Finally, Semie still made a rare few Joe Maphis Double Neck Models in the 1980s - his death in 1992, but these differ from the first iteration of the Maphis Double Neck. These ones look much more like the one Semie built for Joe in the 1950s.

===================
Model Specifications:
===================

Single Neck Models:

24.50" Scale Length (6 String and 12 String Guitar)
30.00" Scale Length (Bass)
Mosrite Ventures Single Coil Pickups / Mosrite Ventures Bass Pickups
Maple Neck
Binding on Neck
Rosewood Fretboard
Fretboard Binding
Chambered Body
Binding on Body

Lastly, I've seen some of these with more ornate horns by the neck. I'm not sure when that version dates from.

Double-Necked Models:

To be frank, I need to double-check the info before posting this here. However, I don't expect it's much different from the Ventures models. I just don't expect this model to have a chambered body, but I don't know.

=====================================================
1959 - 1962 Single Neck (Prototype, Pre-Ventures) Models:
=====================================================

Known #s - 1:

W0221676 - Sunburst. Number is on the Vibramute tailpiece. Belongs to Arturo Tapia Paulin. Pics saved. ---https://www.facebook.com/groups/329425863860893/permalink/1150905755046229/

Unknown, or No Number - 2:

No Number Visible - Sunburst, Mistake Plate model. Has a very primitive Vibramute on it, so early that it doesn't say "Vibramute." Seems to be one of the five 1959 models. Pics and page saved.--- https://reverb.com/item/4592357-mosrite ... b-58571457
No Number Visible - Sunburst. For sale from DOLPHIN GUITARS, Suita, Japan. Pics and page saved. --- https://reverb.com/item/40978223-mosrit ... demo-video

==================================
1960s Single Neck Production Models:
==================================

==============
4-String Basses:
==============

Known #s - 1:

R080 - Natural. For Sale on Reverb, 2021 from Yeahman's Vintage & Used Guitars in Bern, Switzerland. Pics and page saved. https://reverb.com/item/44471788-1966-m ... 02-natural

Speculated #s - 1:

R103 - Natural. For sale on Reverb, 2021 from Magnetic Heaven Music, San Diego, CA, USA. Seller didn't say the #, I looked at pics after inverting color. Pics and page saved. https://reverb.com/item/32646155-mosrit ... low-serial

===========================
6-String Guitars, 1960s Models:
===========================

Known #s - 7:

D005 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock, which takes up most of the headstock. Owned by Josh Fehnel. The neck date says Jan 26, 1966 and the neck also seems to says "0009" under the date (the first 0 was cut off by a screw hole.) Was sold by Lipham's in Gainsville, FL, a prominent store where, I've read, Tom Petty took guitar lessons and members of the Allman Brothers Band worked. Pics saved.
D086 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis Model" on headstock, instead of "Joe Maphis model I." Model name is also off-center, and a bit close to the "M" carve. 2 pics saved. Belongs to Beau Butcher.
D117 - Natural. Has "Joe Maphis model I" on the headstock. Belongs to Charley Dunn. Pics saved. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 874070786/
D221 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock. For sale from Reverb, seller "Gear Central" in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 2022. This guitar was bought by the original owner in 1968, and it had the tuners replaced for Grovers some time ago. The vibrato spring was also replaced, but everything else is original. It's a very well used, worn example: worn but original frets, cracked and arm-worn (and pick-scratched) finish, paint worn through on the neck, belt buckle rash, cigarette burns on the headstock. This guitar's why I wanted to start the list in the first place. Pics and Page Saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/48820678-mosrit ... intage-usa
D404 - Natural. No model name on headstock. Also has what seems to be a plugged hole in the headstock, near where the model name would be. Has smooth "Mark V" pickups, and the truss rod channel appears to be adjustable at the headstock, but the body end is also open. Belongs to Fredric Vandel. Pics saved. https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 9113516548
D448 - Natural. No model name on headstock. Posted by Ricky Toner on Facebook in 2017. Pics saved. Link: --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 037847959/
D481 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis Model" on headstock. Was in a flood, so it's missing electronics and the string guide. Belongs to Cindy Cline. Pics saved. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 785036654/


Speculated and Uncertain # Section - 2:

D035 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock, and has a body-end truss rod adjustment, so it has to be early. I can barely tell the #, if at all, in the photos. Pics and page saved. Was for sale from Double-d-guitars in Baltimore, MD, USA. --- https://reverb.com/item/26665-mosrite-j ... ric-guitar
D606 or D608 - Natural. Does not have a model name on the headstock, and has plastic-button Kluson tuners. Has a signature on the guitar. Pics and page saved. http://www.guitartraders.com/20288


Unknown # Section - 2:

???1 or ???7 - Natural. Joe Maphis model II, which has more curved, more ornate horns on it. Has a number, but I can't tell what it is. It seems to have a 1 or a 7 in the Was on eBay at one point, but I didn't document it. I do have 1 pic saved, though. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 874070786/
???? - Solid Red Front, Sunburst Neck and Headstock with "by Semie Moseley" Logo on it. Has 3-Ply Binding on the Body, and 1-Ply Binding on the neck. Has a stop tailpiece, like seen on Mosrite 350 models. Also has "Diamond" tuners. This is most likely a 1970 - 1973 model, due to the strange finish and hodgepodge of 1970s parts, and Semie's name under the logo. This guitar was listed on Reverb in April 2018, and I posted about it; the post got a good number of replies, including one by the current owner. Pics and Pages (forum discussion included) Saved. Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/4351324-1968-mo ... ric-guitar --- Forum Post: viewtopic.php?p=69392#p69392

===============
12-String Guitars:
===============

Blank or Unknown # Section - 1:

???? - Natural. French-Adam Gardner's. Pics saved. https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 239211182/

================================================
1960s Double Neck Models with 6 and 12 String Necks:
================================================

Known #s - 5:

2J067 - Sunburst. For sale from Japan, seller "tresurejapan" on 4 Jan 2022. Pics and page saved.
2J116 - Red (Refinish.) has smooth-top pickups, strangely. For sale from Bryan's Gear Emporium in Ingleburn, Australia on 4, Jan 2022. Pics and page saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/38802777-1965-m ... -twin-neck
2J120 --- Sunburst. 2 pics saved. https://guitarpoint.de/de/electric/zema ... oubleneck/
2J143 - Red. Was for sale at Ed Roman's site. # is according to the Ed Roman page. --- http://www.edroman.com/detail_sheets/mo ... _d113.html
2J368 / 2J369 - Sunburst, Necks Sunburst, Headstocks Black. Serial # 368 is on the 6 String Neck, serial # 369 is on the 12 String Neck. 6 String Neck says "Joe Maphis Model." Pics and page saved. --- http://www.tuneyoursound.com/collection ... uitar-1966

Unknown #s - 2:

????? - Blue. For sale from Jay Rosen Music in Emeryville, CA, USA on 4 Jan, 2022. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/34432420-mosrit ... -1966-blue
????? - Blue. May have not been stamped, or may have been re-fretted, though it doesn't look like it. For sale from Andy Babiuk's Fab Gear, Rochester, NY, USA. Pics and page saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/3007991-mosrite ... -1966-blue

============================
6-String Guitars, 1980s Models:
============================

Known #s - 1:

42339, "R0SS" in Fretboard (original owner's name?) - Natural, marbled wood. Built in 1986. Belongs to Adam (dorkrockrecords.) It's a one-off. Pics and page saved. --- https://reverb.com/item/142589-mosrite- ... 86-natural

========================
1980s - 1990s Double Necks:
========================

Known #s - 1:

PRO-001 - Sunburst. Prototype of the 1980s Joe Maphis Double-necks. Reads "Prototype J.M. 65 made in memory of my dear friend Joe Maphis Semie Mosely 1986" on the back of the 6-String Headstock. Pics and page saved. --- https://www.frettedamericana.com/produc ... ouble-neck

Unknown #s - 1:

???? - I'm not sure how to describe the finish, at present. This is supposed to be a 1991 - 1992 instrument, and it looks like one of Semie's 1950s builds, but with better materials available. Was posted for sale from Merinda Kispert Kacsmaryk in 2017. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 773001796/

=================
Total Instruments:
=================

Single Neck (Prototype, Pre-Ventures) Models:

1 with a known #,
2 with unknown #s.

1960s Single Neck (Production) Models:

1 Bass with a Known #,
1 Bass with a Speculated #.

7 Six-String Guitars with Known #s,
2 Guitars with a Speculated #,
2 Guitars with an Unknown #.

1 Blank/Unknown 12 String Guitar,

1960s Double-Neck Models:

5 with known #s,
2 with unknown (or missing) #s.

1980s - 1993 Instruments:

Single Neck Models:

1 Known # 6-String Guitar.

Double Neck Models::

Known #s - 1
Unknown #s - 1

Total Instruments - 27.

===============================
Finishes & Variants Accounted For:
===============================

Single Neck (Prototype) Models:

Sunburst

Single Neck (Production) Models:

Natural - Natural front, Natural Dark Brown back. This is the most common finish for these models, and it may have been the only option in the 1960s.
Solid Red Front, with Brown Sides & Back - Only seen on 1 early 1970s Parts-rite model.

Double Neck Models:

1960s:

Blue,
Red,
Sunburst.

1980s - 1990s:

Sunburst.
Translucent Yellow to Red Burst.

========

Finally, here's a photo of a Joe Maphis (Production model) Guitar, for Facebook posts to have something to link:

Image

- 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: Mosrite Joe Maphis Models Serial # List - An Ongoing Project

Postby 101Volts » Wed Jan 05, 2022 5:21 pm

For anyone who has found this thread for the first time, if I've posted a recent reply to the topic, check there for the most recent update to the list.

(I mean to post this note until the end of page 1.)

===============
Recent Updates:
===============

6 Jan 2022:

Added V0157, which is a 1986 - 1990 instrument that is a Maphis, but has a Ventures type body, with a Maphis arm rest. This is a 1959 - 1962 Maphis reissue. I couldn't download pics directly from that page, but I have them.

=====================
Models History & Trivia:
=====================

Mosrite History is a sparsely known subject, and hopefully this can help fill some of that void.

First, there's a small batch of guitars from 1959 - 1962 that can be known as a "Joe Maphis Model." These first ones later became the Ventures model. They pre-date all of the Ventures models. I don't know much about these. They're completely different from what ended up being the Joe Maphis models later on.

After that, The production model that was the Joe Maphis single neck model seems to have started production in Jan 1966. It came as a 6 String Guitar, 12 String Guitar, and as a 4 String Bass. All of these have a body that's fatter than a Ventures model, and it has a chambered body. I'm not sure when production ended, but the 13th of February 1969 is the end date for the initial Bakersfield factory period. (The doors were locked the next day, the 14th of February 1969.) That said, we do have 1 guitar listed that was assembled in the 1970s, probably with a 1960s body.

I've also seen a variant of the 6 String Guitar, with body horns that were more curved. I'm not sure where that fits in with this model's history, yet; it may or may not be a more ornate prototype.

This model shares its body outline shape with the Mosrite "Combo" model, which is a semi-hollow guitar with an F hole.

There's also a Joe Maphis Double Neck model, though it does not share the shape of the common Joe Maphis Single Neck (production) model. It is also listed here by association of Joe's name, although the Double Neck model looks like more of a Ventures Double Neck than not. Then again, Joe primarily played Double-Necked Guitar, and he had to take a back seat to the Ventures, so I suppose this might have been a bit of an apology?

Finally, Semie still made a rare few Joe Maphis Double Neck Models in the 1980s - his death in 1992, but these differ from the first iteration of the Maphis Double Neck. These ones look much more like the one Semie built for Joe in the 1950s.

===================
Model Specifications:
===================

Single Neck Models:

24.50" Scale Length (6 String and 12 String Guitar)
30.00" Scale Length (Bass)
Mosrite Ventures Single Coil Pickups / Mosrite Ventures Bass Pickups
Maple Neck
Binding on Neck
Rosewood Fretboard
Fretboard Binding
Chambered Body
Binding on Body

Lastly, I've seen some of these with more ornate horns by the neck. I'm not sure when that version dates from.

Double-Necked Models:

To be frank, I need to double-check the info before posting this here. However, I don't expect it's much different from the Ventures models. I just don't expect this model to have a chambered body, but I don't know.

=====================================================
1959 - 1962 Single Neck (Prototype, Pre-Ventures) Models:
=====================================================

Known #s - 1:

W0221676 - Sunburst. Number is on the Vibramute tailpiece. Belongs to Arturo Tapia Paulin. Pics saved. ---https://www.facebook.com/groups/329425863860893/permalink/1150905755046229/

Unknown, or No Number - 2:

No Number Visible - Sunburst, Mistake Plate model. Has a very primitive Vibramute on it, so early that it doesn't say "Vibramute." Seems to be one of the five 1959 models. Pics and page saved.--- https://reverb.com/item/4592357-mosrite ... b-58571457
No Number Visible - Sunburst. For sale from DOLPHIN GUITARS, Suita, Japan. Pics and page saved. --- https://reverb.com/item/40978223-mosrit ... demo-video

==================================
1960s Single Neck Production Models:
==================================

==============
4-String Basses:
==============

Known #s - 1:

R080 - Natural. For Sale on Reverb, 2021 from Yeahman's Vintage & Used Guitars in Bern, Switzerland. Pics and page saved. https://reverb.com/item/44471788-1966-m ... 02-natural

Speculated #s - 1:

R103 - Natural. For sale on Reverb, 2021 from Magnetic Heaven Music, San Diego, CA, USA. Seller didn't say the #, I looked at pics after inverting color. Pics and page saved. https://reverb.com/item/32646155-mosrit ... low-serial

===========================
6-String Guitars, 1960s Models:
===========================

Known #s - 7:

D005 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock, which takes up most of the headstock. Owned by Josh Fehnel. The neck date says Jan 26, 1966 and the neck also seems to says "0009" under the date (the first 0 was cut off by a screw hole.) Was sold by Lipham's in Gainsville, FL, a prominent store where, I've read, Tom Petty took guitar lessons and members of the Allman Brothers Band worked. Pics saved.
D086 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis Model" on headstock, instead of "Joe Maphis model I." Model name is also off-center, and a bit close to the "M" carve. 2 pics saved. Belongs to Beau Butcher.
D117 - Natural. Has "Joe Maphis model I" on the headstock. Belongs to Charley Dunn. Pics saved. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 874070786/
D221 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock. For sale from Reverb, seller "Gear Central" in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 2022. This guitar was bought by the original owner in 1968, and it had the tuners replaced for Grovers some time ago. The vibrato spring was also replaced, but everything else is original. It's a very well used, worn example: worn but original frets, cracked and arm-worn (and pick-scratched) finish, paint worn through on the neck, belt buckle rash, cigarette burns on the headstock. This guitar's why I wanted to start the list in the first place. Pics and Page Saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/48820678-mosrit ... intage-usa
D404 - Natural. No model name on headstock. Also has what seems to be a plugged hole in the headstock, near where the model name would be. Has smooth "Mark V" pickups, and the truss rod channel appears to be adjustable at the headstock, but the body end is also open. Belongs to Fredric Vandel. Pics saved. https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 9113516548
D448 - Natural. No model name on headstock. Posted by Ricky Toner on Facebook in 2017. Pics saved. Link: --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 037847959/
D481 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis Model" on headstock. Was in a flood, so it's missing electronics and the string guide. Belongs to Cindy Cline. Pics saved. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 785036654/


Speculated and Uncertain # Section - 2:

D035 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock, and has a body-end truss rod adjustment, so it has to be early. I can barely tell the #, if at all, in the photos. Pics and page saved. Was for sale from Double-d-guitars in Baltimore, MD, USA. --- https://reverb.com/item/26665-mosrite-j ... ric-guitar
D606 or D608 - Natural. Does not have a model name on the headstock, and has plastic-button Kluson tuners. Has a signature on the guitar. Pics and page saved. http://www.guitartraders.com/20288


Unknown # Section - 2:

???1 or ???7 - Natural. Joe Maphis model II, which has more curved, more ornate horns on it. Has a number, but I can't tell what it is. It seems to have a 1 or a 7 in the Was on eBay at one point, but I didn't document it. I do have 1 pic saved, though. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 874070786/
???? - Solid Red Front, Sunburst Neck and Headstock with "by Semie Moseley" Logo on it. Has 3-Ply Binding on the Body, and 1-Ply Binding on the neck. Has a stop tailpiece, like seen on Mosrite 350 models. Also has "Diamond" tuners. This is most likely a 1970 - 1973 model, due to the strange finish and hodgepodge of 1970s parts, and Semie's name under the logo. This guitar was listed on Reverb in April 2018, and I posted about it; the post got a good number of replies, including one by the current owner. Pics and Pages (forum discussion included) Saved. Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/4351324-1968-mo ... ric-guitar --- Forum Post: viewtopic.php?p=69392#p69392

===============
12-String Guitars:
===============

Blank or Unknown # Section - 1:

???? - Natural. French-Adam Gardner's. Pics saved. https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 239211182/

================================================
1960s Double Neck Models with 6 and 12 String Necks:
================================================

Known #s - 5:

2J067 - Sunburst. For sale from Japan, seller "tresurejapan" on 4 Jan 2022. Pics and page saved.
2J116 - Red (Refinish.) has smooth-top pickups, strangely. For sale from Bryan's Gear Emporium in Ingleburn, Australia on 4, Jan 2022. Pics and page saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/38802777-1965-m ... -twin-neck
2J120] --- Sunburst. 2 pics saved. https://guitarpoint.de/de/electric/zema ... oubleneck/
2J143 - Red. Was for sale at Ed Roman's site. # is according to the Ed Roman page. --- http://www.edroman.com/detail_sheets/mo ... _d113.html
2J368 / 2J369 - Sunburst, Necks Sunburst, Headstocks Black. Serial # 368 is on the 6 String Neck, serial # 369 is on the 12 String Neck. 6 String Neck says "Joe Maphis Model." Pics and page saved. --- http://www.tuneyoursound.com/collection ... uitar-1966

Unknown #s - 2:

????? - Blue. For sale from Jay Rosen Music in Emeryville, CA, USA on 4 Jan, 2022. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/34432420-mosrit ... -1966-blue
????? - Blue. May have not been stamped, or may have been re-fretted, though it doesn't look like it. For sale from Andy Babiuk's Fab Gear, Rochester, NY, USA. Pics and page saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/3007991-mosrite ... -1966-blue

============================
6-String Guitars, 1980s Models:
============================

Known #s - 2:

Joe Maphis Custom:

42339, "R0SS" in Fretboard (original owner's name?) - Combo style body. Natural, marbled wood. Built in 1986. Belongs to Adam (dorkrockrecords.) It's a one-off. Pics and page saved. --- https://reverb.com/item/142589-mosrite- ... 86-natural

JM65 Model:

V0157 - 1959 to 1962 "Maphis" style guitar (Ventures type body.) Sunburst, with an arm rest. Was made for Marty Stuart. I couldn't download the page or photos with my browser. I printed the page and found its pics elsewhere. --- https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/295 ... OZ4a1v-Xpk

========================
1980s - 1990s Double Necks:
========================

Known #s - 1:

PRO-001 - Sunburst. Prototype of the 1980s Joe Maphis Double-necks. Reads "Prototype J.M. 65 made in memory of my dear friend Joe Maphis Semie Mosely 1986" on the back of the 6-String Headstock. Pics and page saved. --- https://www.frettedamericana.com/produc ... ouble-neck

Unknown #s - 1:

???? - I'm not sure how to describe the finish, at present. This is supposed to be a 1991 - 1992 instrument, and it looks like one of Semie's 1950s builds, but with better materials available. Was posted for sale from Merinda Kispert Kacsmaryk in 2017. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 773001796/

=================
Total Instruments:
=================

Single Neck (Prototype, Pre-Ventures) Models:

1 with a known #,
2 with unknown #s.

1960s Single Neck (Production) Models:

1 Bass with a Known #,
1 Bass with a Speculated #.

7 Six-String Guitars with Known #s,
2 Guitars with a Speculated #,
2 Guitars with an Unknown #.

1 Blank/Unknown 12 String Guitar,

1960s Double-Neck Models:

5 with known #s,
2 with unknown (or missing) #s.

1980s - 1993 Instruments:

Single Neck Models:

1 Known # Combo-style body,
1 Known # Ventures-type body.

Double Neck Models::

Known #s - 1
Unknown #s - 1

Total Instruments - 28.

===============================
Finishes & Variants Accounted For:
===============================

Single Neck (Prototype) Models:

Sunburst

Single Neck (Production) Models:

Natural - Natural front, Natural Dark Brown back. This is the most common finish for these models, and it may have been the only option in the 1960s.
Solid Red Front, with Brown Sides & Back - Only seen on 1 early 1970s Parts-rite model.

Double Neck Models:

1960s:

Blue,
Red,
Sunburst.

1980s - 1990s:

Sunburst.
Translucent Yellow to Red Burst.

========

Finally, here's a photo of a Joe Maphis (Production model) Guitar, for Facebook posts to have something to link:

Image

- 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: Mosrite Joe Maphis Models Serial # List - An Ongoing Project

Postby 101Volts » Thu Jan 06, 2022 12:20 pm

For anyone who has found this thread for the first time, if I've posted a recent reply to the topic, check there for the most recent update to the list.

(I mean to post this note until the end of page 1.)

===============
Recent Updates:
===============

6 Jan 2022:

Update 1:

Added V0157, which is a 1986 - 1990 instrument that is a Maphis, but has a Ventures type body, with a Maphis arm rest. This is a 1959 - 1962 Maphis reissue. I couldn't download pics directly from that page, but I have them.

Update 2:

Added a Double Neck with both Bass and Guitar necks. Pots date to 1973.

Also, the "1980s - 1990s" section is now the 1970s - 1990s section.

=====================
Models History & Trivia:
=====================

Mosrite History is a sparsely known subject, and hopefully this can help fill some of that void.

First, there's a small batch of guitars from 1959 - 1962 that can be known as a "Joe Maphis Model." These first ones later became the Ventures model. They pre-date all of the Ventures models. I don't know much about these. They're completely different from what ended up being the Joe Maphis models later on.

After that, The production model that was the Joe Maphis single neck model seems to have started production in Jan 1966. It came as a 6 String Guitar, 12 String Guitar, and as a 4 String Bass. All of these have a body that's fatter than a Ventures model, and it has a chambered body. I'm not sure when production ended, but the 13th of February 1969 is the end date for the initial Bakersfield factory period. (The doors were locked the next day, the 14th of February 1969.) That said, we do have 1 guitar listed that was assembled in the 1970s, probably with a 1960s body.

I've also seen a variant of the 6 String Guitar, with body horns that were more curved. I'm not sure where that fits in with this model's history, yet; it may or may not be a more ornate prototype.

This model shares its body outline shape with the Mosrite "Combo" model, which is a semi-hollow guitar with an F hole.

There's also a Joe Maphis Double Neck model, though it does not share the shape of the common Joe Maphis Single Neck (production) model. It is also listed here by association of Joe's name, although the Double Neck model looks like more of a Ventures Double Neck than not. Then again, Joe primarily played Double-Necked Guitar, and he had to take a back seat to the Ventures, so I suppose this might have been a bit of an apology?

Finally, Semie still made a rare few Joe Maphis Double Neck Models in the 1980s - his death in 1992, but these differ from the first iteration of the Maphis Double Neck. These ones look much more like the one Semie built for Joe in the 1950s.

===================
Model Specifications:
===================

Single Neck Models:

24.50" Scale Length (6 String and 12 String Guitar)
30.00" Scale Length (Bass)
Mosrite Ventures Single Coil Pickups / Mosrite Ventures Bass Pickups
Maple Neck
Binding on Neck
Rosewood Fretboard
Fretboard Binding
Chambered Body
Binding on Body

Lastly, I've seen some of these with more ornate horns by the neck. I'm not sure when that version dates from.

Double-Necked Models:

To be frank, I need to double-check the info before posting this here. However, I don't expect it's much different from the Ventures models. I just don't expect this model to have a chambered body, but I don't know.

=====================================================
1959 - 1962 Single Neck (Prototype, Pre-Ventures) Models:
=====================================================

Known #s - 1:

W0221676 - Sunburst. Number is on the Vibramute tailpiece. Belongs to Arturo Tapia Paulin. Pics saved. ---https://www.facebook.com/groups/329425863860893/permalink/1150905755046229/

Unknown, or No Number - 2:

No Number Visible - Sunburst, Mistake Plate model. Has a very primitive Vibramute on it, so early that it doesn't say "Vibramute." Seems to be one of the five 1959 models. Pics and page saved.--- https://reverb.com/item/4592357-mosrite ... b-58571457
No Number Visible - Sunburst. For sale from DOLPHIN GUITARS, Suita, Japan. Pics and page saved. --- https://reverb.com/item/40978223-mosrit ... demo-video

==================================
1960s Single Neck Production Models:
==================================

==============
4-String Basses:
==============

Known #s - 1:

R080 - Natural. For Sale on Reverb, 2021 from Yeahman's Vintage & Used Guitars in Bern, Switzerland. Pics and page saved. https://reverb.com/item/44471788-1966-m ... 02-natural

Speculated #s - 1:

R103 - Natural. For sale on Reverb, 2021 from Magnetic Heaven Music, San Diego, CA, USA. Seller didn't say the #, I looked at pics after inverting color. Pics and page saved. https://reverb.com/item/32646155-mosrit ... low-serial

===========================
6-String Guitars, 1960s Models:
===========================

Known #s - 7:

D005 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock, which takes up most of the headstock. Owned by Josh Fehnel. The neck date says Jan 26, 1966 and the neck also seems to says "0009" under the date (the first 0 was cut off by a screw hole.) Was sold by Lipham's in Gainsville, FL, a prominent store where, I've read, Tom Petty took guitar lessons and members of the Allman Brothers Band worked. Pics saved.
D086 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis Model" on headstock, instead of "Joe Maphis model I." Model name is also off-center, and a bit close to the "M" carve. 2 pics saved. Belongs to Beau Butcher.
D117 - Natural. Has "Joe Maphis model I" on the headstock. Belongs to Charley Dunn. Pics saved. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 874070786/
D221 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock. For sale from Reverb, seller "Gear Central" in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 2022. This guitar was bought by the original owner in 1968, and it had the tuners replaced for Grovers some time ago. The vibrato spring was also replaced, but everything else is original. It's a very well used, worn example: worn but original frets, cracked and arm-worn (and pick-scratched) finish, paint worn through on the neck, belt buckle rash, cigarette burns on the headstock. This guitar's why I wanted to start the list in the first place. Pics and Page Saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/48820678-mosrit ... intage-usa
D404 - Natural. No model name on headstock. Also has what seems to be a plugged hole in the headstock, near where the model name would be. Has smooth "Mark V" pickups, and the truss rod channel appears to be adjustable at the headstock, but the body end is also open. Belongs to Fredric Vandel. Pics saved. https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 9113516548
D448 - Natural. No model name on headstock. Posted by Ricky Toner on Facebook in 2017. Pics saved. Link: --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 037847959/
D481 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis Model" on headstock. Was in a flood, so it's missing electronics and the string guide. Belongs to Cindy Cline. Pics saved. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 785036654/


Speculated and Uncertain # Section - 2:

D035 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock, and has a body-end truss rod adjustment, so it has to be early. I can barely tell the #, if at all, in the photos. Pics and page saved. Was for sale from Double-d-guitars in Baltimore, MD, USA. --- https://reverb.com/item/26665-mosrite-j ... ric-guitar
D606 or D608 - Natural. Does not have a model name on the headstock, and has plastic-button Kluson tuners. Has a signature on the guitar. Pics and page saved. http://www.guitartraders.com/20288


Unknown # Section - 2:

???1 or ???7 - Natural. Joe Maphis model II, which has more curved, more ornate horns on it. Has a number, but I can't tell what it is. It seems to have a 1 or a 7 in the Was on eBay at one point, but I didn't document it. I do have 1 pic saved, though. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 874070786/
???? - Solid Red Front, Sunburst Neck and Headstock with "by Semie Moseley" Logo on it. Has 3-Ply Binding on the Body, and 1-Ply Binding on the neck. Has a stop tailpiece, like seen on Mosrite 350 models. Also has "Diamond" tuners. This is most likely a 1970 - 1973 model, due to the strange finish and hodgepodge of 1970s parts, and Semie's name under the logo. This guitar was listed on Reverb in April 2018, and I posted about it; the post got a good number of replies, including one by the current owner. Pics and Pages (forum discussion included) Saved. Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/4351324-1968-mo ... ric-guitar --- Forum Post: viewtopic.php?p=69392#p69392

===============
12-String Guitars:
===============

Blank or Unknown # Section - 1:

???? - Natural. French-Adam Gardner's. Pics saved. https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 239211182/

================================================
1960s Double Neck Models with 6 and 12 String Necks:
================================================

Known #s - 5:

2J067 - Sunburst. For sale from Japan, seller "tresurejapan" on 4 Jan 2022. Pics and page saved.
2J116 - Red (Refinish.) has smooth-top pickups, strangely. For sale from Bryan's Gear Emporium in Ingleburn, Australia on 4, Jan 2022. Pics and page saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/38802777-1965-m ... -twin-neck
2J120] --- Sunburst. 2 pics saved. https://guitarpoint.de/de/electric/zema ... oubleneck/
2J143 - Red. Was for sale at Ed Roman's site. # is according to the Ed Roman page. --- http://www.edroman.com/detail_sheets/mo ... _d113.html
2J368 / 2J369 - Sunburst, Necks Sunburst, Headstocks Black. Serial # 368 is on the 6 String Neck, serial # 369 is on the 12 String Neck. 6 String Neck says "Joe Maphis Model." Pics and page saved. --- http://www.tuneyoursound.com/collection ... uitar-1966

Unknown #s - 2:

????? - Blue. For sale from Jay Rosen Music in Emeryville, CA, USA on 4 Jan, 2022. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/34432420-mosrit ... -1966-blue
????? - Blue. May have not been stamped, or may have been re-fretted, though it doesn't look like it. For sale from Andy Babiuk's Fab Gear, Rochester, NY, USA. Pics and page saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/3007991-mosrite ... -1966-blue

============================
6-String Guitars, 1980s Models:
============================

Known #s - 2:

Joe Maphis Custom:

42339, "R0SS" in Fretboard (original owner's name?) - Combo style body. Natural, marbled wood. Built in 1986. Belongs to Adam (dorkrockrecords.) It's a one-off. Pics and page saved. --- https://reverb.com/item/142589-mosrite- ... 86-natural

JM65 Model:

V0157 - 1959 to 1962 "Maphis" style guitar (Ventures type body.) Sunburst, with an arm rest. Was made for Marty Stuart. I couldn't download the page or photos with my browser. I printed the page and found its pics elsewhere. --- https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/295 ... OZ4a1v-Xpk

========================
1970s - 1990s Double Necks:
========================

Known #s - 1:

PRO-001 - Sunburst. Prototype of the 1980s Joe Maphis Double-necks. Reads "Prototype J.M. 65 made in memory of my dear friend Joe Maphis Semie Mosely 1986" on the back of the 6-String Headstock. Pics and page saved. --- https://www.frettedamericana.com/produc ... ouble-neck

Speculated #s - 1:

xxx086 Guitar Neck, 106086 Bass Neck - Sunburst. Double neck with a 6-string guitar neck and 4-string bass neck. Was for sale from Southside Guitars
in Brooklyn, NY. Pics and page saved: --- https://reverb.com/item/435639-mosrite- ... 3-sunburst

Unknown #s - 1:

???? - I'm not sure how to describe the finish, at present. This is supposed to be a 1991 - 1992 instrument, and it looks like one of Semie's 1950s builds, but with better materials available. Was posted for sale from Merinda Kispert Kacsmaryk in 2017. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 773001796/

=================
Total Instruments:
=================

Single Neck (Prototype, Pre-Ventures) Models:

1 with a known #,
2 with unknown #s.

1960s Single Neck (Production) Models:

1 Bass with a Known #,
1 Bass with a Speculated #.

7 Six-String Guitars with Known #s,
2 Guitars with a Speculated #,
2 Guitars with an Unknown #.

1 Blank/Unknown 12 String Guitar,

1960s Double-Neck Models:

5 with known #s,
2 with unknown (or missing) #s.

1970s - 1993 Instruments:

Single Neck Models:

1 Known # Combo-style body,
1 Known # Ventures-type body.

Double Neck Models::

Known #s - 1
Speculated #s - 1
Unknown #s - 1

Total Instruments - 29.

===============================
Finishes & Variants Accounted For:
===============================

Single Neck (Prototype) Models:

Sunburst

Single Neck (Production) Models:

Natural - Natural front, Natural Dark Brown back. This is the most common finish for these models, and it may have been the only option in the 1960s.
Solid Red Front, with Brown Sides & Back - Only seen on 1 early 1970s Parts-rite model.

Double Neck Models:

1960s:

Blue,
Red,
Sunburst.

1970s:

Darker-seeming Sunburst.

1980s - 1990s:

Sunburst.
Translucent Yellow to Red Burst.

========

Finally, here's a photo of a Joe Maphis (Production model) Guitar, for Facebook posts to have something to link:

Image

- 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: Mosrite Joe Maphis Models Serial # List - An Ongoing Project

Postby 101Volts » Sun Jan 09, 2022 5:18 pm

For anyone who has found this thread for the first time, if I've posted a recent reply to the topic, check there for the most recent update to the list.

(I mean to post this note until the end of page 1.)

===============
Recent Updates:
===============

10 Jan 2022:

Added JM 06 (1986 Joe Maphis Double Neck) to the list.

=====================
Models History & Trivia:
=====================

Mosrite History is a sparsely known subject, and hopefully this can help fill some of that void.

First, there's a small batch of guitars from 1959 - 1962 that can be known as a "Joe Maphis Model." These first ones later became the Ventures model. They pre-date all of the Ventures models. I don't know much about these. They're completely different from what ended up being the Joe Maphis models later on.

After that, The production model that was the Joe Maphis single neck model seems to have started production in Jan 1966. It came as a 6 String Guitar, 12 String Guitar, and as a 4 String Bass. All of these have a body that's fatter than a Ventures model, and it has a chambered body. I'm not sure when production ended, but the 13th of February 1969 is the end date for the initial Bakersfield factory period. (The doors were locked the next day, the 14th of February 1969.) That said, we do have 1 guitar listed that was assembled in the 1970s, probably with a 1960s body.

I've also seen a variant of the 6 String Guitar, with body horns that were more curved. I'm not sure where that fits in with this model's history, yet; it may or may not be a more ornate prototype.

This model shares its body outline shape with the Mosrite "Combo" model, which is a semi-hollow guitar with an F hole.

There's also a Joe Maphis Double Neck model, though it does not share the shape of the common Joe Maphis Single Neck (production) model. It is also listed here by association of Joe's name, although the Double Neck model looks like more of a Ventures Double Neck than not. Then again, Joe primarily played Double-Necked Guitar, and he had to take a back seat to the Ventures, so I suppose this might have been a bit of an apology?

Finally, Semie still made a rare few Joe Maphis Double Neck Models in the 1980s - his death in 1992, but these differ from the first iteration of the Maphis Double Neck. These ones look much more like the one Semie built for Joe in the 1950s.

===================
Model Specifications:
===================

Single Neck Models:

24.50" Scale Length (6 String and 12 String Guitar)
30.00" Scale Length (Bass)
Mosrite Ventures Single Coil Pickups / Mosrite Ventures Bass Pickups
Maple Neck
Binding on Neck
Rosewood Fretboard
Fretboard Binding
Chambered Body
Binding on Body

Lastly, I've seen some of these with more ornate horns by the neck. I'm not sure when that version dates from.

Double-Necked Models:

To be frank, I need to double-check the info before posting this here. However, I don't expect it's much different from the Ventures models. I just don't expect this model to have a chambered body, but I don't know.

=====================================================
1959 - 1962 Single Neck (Prototype, Pre-Ventures) Models:
=====================================================

Known #s - 1:

W0221676 - Sunburst. Number is on the Vibramute tailpiece. Belongs to Arturo Tapia Paulin. Pics saved. ---https://www.facebook.com/groups/329425863860893/permalink/1150905755046229/

Unknown, or No Number - 2:

No Number Visible - Sunburst, Mistake Plate model. Has a very primitive Vibramute on it, so early that it doesn't say "Vibramute." Seems to be one of the five 1959 models. Pics and page saved.--- https://reverb.com/item/4592357-mosrite ... b-58571457
No Number Visible - Sunburst. For sale from DOLPHIN GUITARS, Suita, Japan. Pics and page saved. --- https://reverb.com/item/40978223-mosrit ... demo-video

==================================
1960s Single Neck Production Models:
==================================

==============
4-String Basses:
==============

Known #s - 1:

R080 - Natural. For Sale on Reverb, 2021 from Yeahman's Vintage & Used Guitars in Bern, Switzerland. Pics and page saved. https://reverb.com/item/44471788-1966-m ... 02-natural

Speculated #s - 1:

R103 - Natural. For sale on Reverb, 2021 from Magnetic Heaven Music, San Diego, CA, USA. Seller didn't say the #, I looked at pics after inverting color. Pics and page saved. https://reverb.com/item/32646155-mosrit ... low-serial

===========================
6-String Guitars, 1960s Models:
===========================

Known #s - 7:

D005 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock, which takes up most of the headstock. Owned by Josh Fehnel. The neck date says Jan 26, 1966 and the neck also seems to says "0009" under the date (the first 0 was cut off by a screw hole.) Was sold by Lipham's in Gainsville, FL, a prominent store where, I've read, Tom Petty took guitar lessons and members of the Allman Brothers Band worked. Pics saved.
D086 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis Model" on headstock, instead of "Joe Maphis model I." Model name is also off-center, and a bit close to the "M" carve. 2 pics saved. Belongs to Beau Butcher.
D117 - Natural. Has "Joe Maphis model I" on the headstock. Belongs to Charley Dunn. Pics saved. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 874070786/
D221 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock. For sale from Reverb, seller "Gear Central" in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 2022. This guitar was bought by the original owner in 1968, and it had the tuners replaced for Grovers some time ago. The vibrato spring was also replaced, but everything else is original. It's a very well used, worn example: worn but original frets, cracked and arm-worn (and pick-scratched) finish, paint worn through on the neck, belt buckle rash, cigarette burns on the headstock. This guitar's why I wanted to start the list in the first place. Pics and Page Saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/48820678-mosrit ... intage-usa
D404 - Natural. No model name on headstock. Also has what seems to be a plugged hole in the headstock, near where the model name would be. Has smooth "Mark V" pickups, and the truss rod channel appears to be adjustable at the headstock, but the body end is also open. Belongs to Fredric Vandel. Pics saved. https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 9113516548
D448 - Natural. No model name on headstock. Posted by Ricky Toner on Facebook in 2017. Pics saved. Link: --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 037847959/
D481 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis Model" on headstock. Was in a flood, so it's missing electronics and the string guide. Belongs to Cindy Cline. Pics saved. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 785036654/


Speculated and Uncertain # Section - 2:

D035 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock, and has a body-end truss rod adjustment, so it has to be early. I can barely tell the #, if at all, in the photos. Pics and page saved. Was for sale from Double-d-guitars in Baltimore, MD, USA. --- https://reverb.com/item/26665-mosrite-j ... ric-guitar
D606 or D608 - Natural. Does not have a model name on the headstock, and has plastic-button Kluson tuners. Has a signature on the guitar. Pics and page saved. http://www.guitartraders.com/20288


Unknown # Section - 2:

???1 or ???7 - Natural. Joe Maphis model II, which has more curved, more ornate horns on it. Has a number, but I can't tell what it is. It seems to have a 1 or a 7 in the Was on eBay at one point, but I didn't document it. I do have 1 pic saved, though. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 874070786/
???? - Solid Red Front, Sunburst Neck and Headstock with "by Semie Moseley" Logo on it. Has 3-Ply Binding on the Body, and 1-Ply Binding on the neck. Has a stop tailpiece, like seen on Mosrite 350 models. Also has "Diamond" tuners. This is most likely a 1970 - 1973 model, due to the strange finish and hodgepodge of 1970s parts, and Semie's name under the logo. This guitar was listed on Reverb in April 2018, and I posted about it; the post got a good number of replies, including one by the current owner. Pics and Pages (forum discussion included) Saved. Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/4351324-1968-mo ... ric-guitar --- Forum Post: viewtopic.php?p=69392#p69392

===============
12-String Guitars:
===============

Blank or Unknown # Section - 1:

???? - Natural. French-Adam Gardner's. Pics saved. https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 239211182/

================================================
1960s Double Neck Models with 6 and 12 String Necks:
================================================

Known #s - 5:

2J067 - Sunburst. For sale from Japan, seller "tresurejapan" on 4 Jan 2022. Pics and page saved.
2J116 - Red (Refinish.) has smooth-top pickups, strangely. For sale from Bryan's Gear Emporium in Ingleburn, Australia on 4, Jan 2022. Pics and page saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/38802777-1965-m ... -twin-neck
2J120] --- Sunburst. 2 pics saved. https://guitarpoint.de/de/electric/zema ... oubleneck/
2J143 - Red. Was for sale at Ed Roman's site. # is according to the Ed Roman page. --- http://www.edroman.com/detail_sheets/mo ... _d113.html
2J368 / 2J369 - Sunburst, Necks Sunburst, Headstocks Black. Serial # 368 is on the 6 String Neck, serial # 369 is on the 12 String Neck. 6 String Neck says "Joe Maphis Model." Pics and page saved. --- http://www.tuneyoursound.com/collection ... uitar-1966

Unknown #s - 2:

????? - Blue. For sale from Jay Rosen Music in Emeryville, CA, USA on 4 Jan, 2022. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/34432420-mosrit ... -1966-blue
????? - Blue. May have not been stamped, or may have been re-fretted, though it doesn't look like it. For sale from Andy Babiuk's Fab Gear, Rochester, NY, USA. Pics and page saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/3007991-mosrite ... -1966-blue

============================
6-String Guitars, 1980s Models:
============================

Known #s - 2:

Joe Maphis Custom:

42339, "R0SS" in Fretboard (original owner's name?) - Combo style body. Natural, marbled wood. Built in 1986. Belongs to Adam (dorkrockrecords.) It's a one-off. Pics and page saved. --- https://reverb.com/item/142589-mosrite- ... 86-natural

JM65 Model:

V0157 - 1959 to 1962 "Maphis" style guitar (Ventures type body.) Sunburst, with an arm rest. Was made for Marty Stuart. I couldn't download the page or photos with my browser. I printed the page and found its pics elsewhere. --- https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/295 ... OZ4a1v-Xpk

========================
1970s - 1990s Double Necks:
========================

Known #s - 2:

PRO-001 - Sunburst. Prototype of the 1980s Joe Maphis Double-necks. Reads "Prototype J.M. 65 made in memory of my dear friend Joe Maphis Semie Mosely 1986" on the back of the 6-String Headstock. Pics and page saved. --- https://www.frettedamericana.com/produc ... ouble-neck
JM 06 - 1986 Joe Maphis Double Neck. Sunburst. 1 Photo Saved. https://www.facebook.com/groups/5297862 ... 248267139/

Speculated #s - 1:

xxx086 Guitar Neck, 106086 Bass Neck - Sunburst. Double neck with a 6-string guitar neck and 4-string bass neck. Was for sale from Southside Guitars
in Brooklyn, NY. Pics and page saved: --- https://reverb.com/item/435639-mosrite- ... 3-sunburst

Unknown #s - 1:

???? - I'm not sure how to describe the finish, at present. This is supposed to be a 1991 - 1992 instrument, and it looks like one of Semie's 1950s builds, but with better materials available. Was posted for sale from Merinda Kispert Kacsmaryk in 2017. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 773001796/

=================
Total Instruments:
=================

Single Neck (Prototype, Pre-Ventures) Models:

1 with a known #,
2 with unknown #s.

1960s Single Neck (Production) Models:

1 Bass with a Known #,
1 Bass with a Speculated #.

7 Six-String Guitars with Known #s,
2 Guitars with a Speculated #,
2 Guitars with an Unknown #.

1 Blank/Unknown 12 String Guitar,

1960s Double-Neck Models:

5 with known #s,
2 with unknown (or missing) #s.

1970s - 1993 Instruments:

Single Neck Models:

1 Known # Combo-style body,
1 Known # Ventures-type body.

Double Neck Models::

Known #s - 2
Speculated #s - 1
Unknown #s - 1

Total Instruments - 30.

===============================
Finishes & Variants Accounted For:
===============================

Single Neck (Prototype) Models:

Sunburst

Single Neck (Production) Models:

Natural - Natural front, Natural Dark Brown back. This is the most common finish for these models, and it may have been the only option in the 1960s.
Solid Red Front, with Brown Sides & Back - Only seen on 1 early 1970s Parts-rite model.

Double Neck Models:

1960s:

Blue,
Red,
Sunburst.

1970s:

Darker-seeming Sunburst.

1980s - 1990s:

Sunburst.
Translucent Yellow to Red Burst.

========

Finally, here's a photo of a Joe Maphis (Production model) Guitar, for Facebook posts to have something to link:

Image

- 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: Mosrite Joe Maphis Models Serial # List - An Ongoing Project

Postby 101Volts » Mon Jan 10, 2022 10:36 am

For anyone who has found this thread for the first time, if I've posted a recent reply to the topic, check there for the most recent update to the list.

(I mean to post this note until the end of page 1.)

===============
Recent Updates:
===============

10 Jan 2022:

Added JM 06 (1986 Joe Maphis Double Neck) to the list.

Update 2:

Added a mystery # with Chet Atkins' signature autographed on it, according to the seller.

=====================
Models History & Trivia:
=====================

Mosrite History is a sparsely known subject, and hopefully this can help fill some of that void.

First, there's a small batch of guitars from 1959 - 1962 that can be known as a "Joe Maphis Model." These first ones later became the Ventures model. They pre-date all of the Ventures models. I don't know much about these. They're completely different from what ended up being the Joe Maphis models later on.

After that, The production model that was the Joe Maphis single neck model seems to have started production in Jan 1966. It came as a 6 String Guitar, 12 String Guitar, and as a 4 String Bass. All of these have a body that's fatter than a Ventures model, and it has a chambered body. I'm not sure when production ended, but the 13th of February 1969 is the end date for the initial Bakersfield factory period. (The doors were locked the next day, the 14th of February 1969.) That said, we do have 1 guitar listed that was assembled in the 1970s, probably with a 1960s body.

I've also seen a variant of the 6 String Guitar, with body horns that were more curved. I'm not sure where that fits in with this model's history, yet; it may or may not be a more ornate prototype.

This model shares its body outline shape with the Mosrite "Combo" model, which is a semi-hollow guitar with an F hole.

There's also a Joe Maphis Double Neck model, though it does not share the shape of the common Joe Maphis Single Neck (production) model. It is also listed here by association of Joe's name, although the Double Neck model looks like more of a Ventures Double Neck than not. Then again, Joe primarily played Double-Necked Guitar, and he had to take a back seat to the Ventures, so I suppose this might have been a bit of an apology?

Finally, Semie still made a rare few Joe Maphis Double Neck Models in the 1980s - his death in 1992, but these differ from the first iteration of the Maphis Double Neck. These ones look much more like the one Semie built for Joe in the 1950s.

===================
Model Specifications:
===================

Single Neck Models:

24.50" Scale Length (6 String and 12 String Guitar)
30.00" Scale Length (Bass)
Mosrite Ventures Single Coil Pickups / Mosrite Ventures Bass Pickups
Maple Neck
Binding on Neck
Rosewood Fretboard
Fretboard Binding
Chambered Body
Binding on Body

Lastly, I've seen some of these with more ornate horns by the neck. I'm not sure when that version dates from.

Double-Necked Models:

To be frank, I need to double-check the info before posting this here. However, I don't expect it's much different from the Ventures models. I just don't expect this model to have a chambered body, but I don't know.

=====================================================
1959 - 1962 Single Neck (Prototype, Pre-Ventures) Models:
=====================================================

Known #s - 1:

W0221676 - Sunburst. Number is on the Vibramute tailpiece. Belongs to Arturo Tapia Paulin. Pics saved. ---https://www.facebook.com/groups/329425863860893/permalink/1150905755046229/

Unknown, or No Number - 2:

No Number Visible - Sunburst, Mistake Plate model. Has a very primitive Vibramute on it, so early that it doesn't say "Vibramute." Seems to be one of the five 1959 models. Pics and page saved.--- https://reverb.com/item/4592357-mosrite ... b-58571457
No Number Visible - Sunburst. For sale from DOLPHIN GUITARS, Suita, Japan. Pics and page saved. --- https://reverb.com/item/40978223-mosrit ... demo-video

==================================
1960s Single Neck Production Models:
==================================

==============
4-String Basses:
==============

Known #s - 1:

R080 - Natural. For Sale on Reverb, 2021 from Yeahman's Vintage & Used Guitars in Bern, Switzerland. Pics and page saved. https://reverb.com/item/44471788-1966-m ... 02-natural

Speculated #s - 1:

R103 - Natural. For sale on Reverb, 2021 from Magnetic Heaven Music, San Diego, CA, USA. Seller didn't say the #, I looked at pics after inverting color. Pics and page saved. https://reverb.com/item/32646155-mosrit ... low-serial

===========================
6-String Guitars, 1960s Models:
===========================

Known #s - 7:

D005 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock, which takes up most of the headstock. Owned by Josh Fehnel. The neck date says Jan 26, 1966 and the neck also seems to says "0009" under the date (the first 0 was cut off by a screw hole.) Was sold by Lipham's in Gainsville, FL, a prominent store where, I've read, Tom Petty took guitar lessons and members of the Allman Brothers Band worked. Pics saved.
D086 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis Model" on headstock, instead of "Joe Maphis model I." Model name is also off-center, and a bit close to the "M" carve. 2 pics saved. Belongs to Beau Butcher.
D117 - Natural. Has "Joe Maphis model I" on the headstock. Belongs to Charley Dunn. Pics saved. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 874070786/
D221 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock. For sale from Reverb, seller "Gear Central" in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 2022. This guitar was bought by the original owner in 1968, and it had the tuners replaced for Grovers some time ago. The vibrato spring was also replaced, but everything else is original. It's a very well used, worn example: worn but original frets, cracked and arm-worn (and pick-scratched) finish, paint worn through on the neck, belt buckle rash, cigarette burns on the headstock. This guitar's why I wanted to start the list in the first place. Pics and Page Saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/48820678-mosrit ... intage-usa
D404 - Natural. No model name on headstock. Also has what seems to be a plugged hole in the headstock, near where the model name would be. Has smooth "Mark V" pickups, and the truss rod channel appears to be adjustable at the headstock, but the body end is also open. Belongs to Fredric Vandel. Pics saved. https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 9113516548
D448 - Natural. No model name on headstock. Posted by Ricky Toner on Facebook in 2017. Pics saved. Link: --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 037847959/
D481 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis Model" on headstock. Was in a flood, so it's missing electronics and the string guide. Belongs to Cindy Cline. Pics saved. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 785036654/


Speculated and Uncertain # Section - 2:

D035 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock, and has a body-end truss rod adjustment, so it has to be early. I can barely tell the #, if at all, in the photos. Pics and page saved. Was for sale from Double-d-guitars in Baltimore, MD, USA. --- https://reverb.com/item/26665-mosrite-j ... ric-guitar
D606 or D608 - Natural. Does not have a model name on the headstock, and has plastic-button Kluson tuners. Has a signature on the guitar. Pics and page saved. http://www.guitartraders.com/20288


Unknown # Section - 3:

???1 or ???7 - Natural. Joe Maphis model II, which has more curved, more ornate horns on it. Has a number, but I can't tell what it is. It seems to have a 1 or a 7 in the Was on eBay at one point, but I didn't document it. I do have 1 pic saved, though. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 874070786/
???? - Natural. Low-def Pics saved, page saved. --- https://www.gbase.com/gear/mosrite-joe- ... 65-natural
???? - Solid Red Front, Sunburst Neck and Headstock with "by Semie Moseley" Logo on it. Has 3-Ply Binding on the Body, and 1-Ply Binding on the neck. Has a stop tailpiece, like seen on Mosrite 350 models. Also has "Diamond" tuners. This is most likely a 1970 - 1973 model, due to the strange finish and hodgepodge of 1970s parts, and Semie's name under the logo. This guitar was listed on Reverb in April 2018, and I posted about it; the post got a good number of replies, including one by the current owner. Pics and Pages (forum discussion included) Saved. Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/4351324-1968-mo ... ric-guitar --- Forum Post: viewtopic.php?p=69392#p69392


===============
12-String Guitars:
===============

Blank or Unknown # Section - 1:

???? - Natural. French-Adam Gardner's. Pics saved. https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 239211182/

================================================
1960s Double Neck Models with 6 and 12 String Necks:
================================================

Known #s - 5:

2J067 - Sunburst. For sale from Japan, seller "tresurejapan" on 4 Jan 2022. Pics and page saved.
2J116 - Red (Refinish.) has smooth-top pickups, strangely. For sale from Bryan's Gear Emporium in Ingleburn, Australia on 4, Jan 2022. Pics and page saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/38802777-1965-m ... -twin-neck
2J120] --- Sunburst. 2 pics saved. https://guitarpoint.de/de/electric/zema ... oubleneck/
2J143 - Red. Was for sale at Ed Roman's site. # is according to the Ed Roman page. --- http://www.edroman.com/detail_sheets/mo ... _d113.html
2J368 / 2J369 - Sunburst, Necks Sunburst, Headstocks Black. Serial # 368 is on the 6 String Neck, serial # 369 is on the 12 String Neck. 6 String Neck says "Joe Maphis Model." Pics and page saved. --- http://www.tuneyoursound.com/collection ... uitar-1966

Unknown #s - 2:

????? - Blue. For sale from Jay Rosen Music in Emeryville, CA, USA on 4 Jan, 2022. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/34432420-mosrit ... -1966-blue
????? - Blue. May have not been stamped, or may have been re-fretted, though it doesn't look like it. For sale from Andy Babiuk's Fab Gear, Rochester, NY, USA. Pics and page saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/3007991-mosrite ... -1966-blue

============================
6-String Guitars, 1980s Models:
============================

Known #s - 2:

Joe Maphis Custom:

42339, "R0SS" in Fretboard (original owner's name?) - Combo style body. Natural, marbled wood. Built in 1986. Belongs to Adam (dorkrockrecords.) It's a one-off. Pics and page saved. --- https://reverb.com/item/142589-mosrite- ... 86-natural

JM65 Model:

V0157 - 1959 to 1962 "Maphis" style guitar (Ventures type body.) Sunburst, with an arm rest. Was made for Marty Stuart. I couldn't download the page or photos with my browser. I printed the page and found its pics elsewhere. --- https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/295 ... OZ4a1v-Xpk

========================
1970s - 1990s Double Necks:
========================

Known #s - 2:

PRO-001 - Sunburst. Prototype of the 1980s Joe Maphis Double-necks. Reads "Prototype J.M. 65 made in memory of my dear friend Joe Maphis Semie Mosely 1986" on the back of the 6-String Headstock. Pics and page saved. --- https://www.frettedamericana.com/produc ... ouble-neck
JM 06 - 1986 Joe Maphis Double Neck. Sunburst. 1 Photo Saved. https://www.facebook.com/groups/5297862 ... 248267139/

Speculated #s - 1:

xxx086 Guitar Neck, 106086 Bass Neck - Sunburst. Double neck with a 6-string guitar neck and 4-string bass neck. Was for sale from Southside Guitars
in Brooklyn, NY. Pics and page saved: --- https://reverb.com/item/435639-mosrite- ... 3-sunburst

Unknown #s - 1:

???? - I'm not sure how to describe the finish, at present. This is supposed to be a 1991 - 1992 instrument, and it looks like one of Semie's 1950s builds, but with better materials available. Was posted for sale from Merinda Kispert Kacsmaryk in 2017. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 773001796/

=================
Total Instruments:
=================

Single Neck (Prototype, Pre-Ventures) Models:

1 with a known #,
2 with unknown #s.

1960s Single Neck (Production) Models:

1 Bass with a Known #,
1 Bass with a Speculated #.

7 Six-String Guitars with Known #s,
3 Guitars with a Speculated #,
2 Guitars with an Unknown #.

1 Blank/Unknown 12 String Guitar,

1960s Double-Neck Models:

5 with known #s,
2 with unknown (or missing) #s.

1970s - 1993 Instruments:

Single Neck Models:

1 Known # Combo-style body,
1 Known # Ventures-type body.

Double Neck Models::

Known #s - 2
Speculated #s - 1
Unknown #s - 1

Total Instruments - 31.

===============================
Finishes & Variants Accounted For:
===============================

Single Neck (Prototype) Models:

Sunburst

Single Neck (Production) Models:

Natural - Natural front, Natural Dark Brown back. This is the most common finish for these models, and it may have been the only option in the 1960s.
Solid Red Front, with Brown Sides & Back - Only seen on 1 early 1970s Parts-rite model.

Double Neck Models:

1960s:

Blue,
Red,
Sunburst.

1970s:

Darker-seeming Sunburst.

1980s - 1990s:

Sunburst.
Translucent Yellow to Red Burst.

========

Finally, here's a photo of a Joe Maphis (Production model) Guitar, for Facebook posts to have something to link:

Image

- 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: Mosrite Joe Maphis Models Serial # List - An Ongoing Project

Postby 101Volts » Mon Jan 10, 2022 2:08 pm

For anyone who has found this thread for the first time, if I've posted a recent reply to the topic, check there for the most recent update to the list.

(I mean to post this note until the end of page 1.)

===============
Recent Updates:
===============

10 Jan 2022:

Added JM 06 (1986 Joe Maphis Double Neck) to the list.

Update 2:

Added a mystery # with Chet Atkins' signature autographed on it, according to the seller.

Update 3:

Added:

R116469 (Probably a wrong number? May be R1646.)

D189
D639
D971

?008 - Joe Maphis II Model.

JM 13

=====================
Models History & Trivia:
=====================

Mosrite History is a sparsely known subject, and hopefully this can help fill some of that void.

First, there's a small batch of guitars from 1959 - 1962 that can be known as a "Joe Maphis Model." These first ones later became the Ventures model. They pre-date all of the Ventures models. I don't know much about these. They're completely different from what ended up being the Joe Maphis models later on.

After that, The production model that was the Joe Maphis single neck model seems to have started production in Jan 1966. It came as a 6 String Guitar, 12 String Guitar, and as a 4 String Bass. All of these have a body that's fatter than a Ventures model, and it has a chambered body. I'm not sure when production ended, but the 13th of February 1969 is the end date for the initial Bakersfield factory period. (The doors were locked the next day, the 14th of February 1969.) That said, we do have 1 guitar listed that was assembled in the 1970s, probably with a 1960s body.

I've also seen a variant of the 6 String Guitar, with body horns that were more curved. I'm not sure where that fits in with this model's history, yet; it may or may not be a more ornate prototype.

This model shares its body outline shape with the Mosrite "Combo" model, which is a semi-hollow guitar with an F hole.

There's also a Joe Maphis Double Neck model, though it does not share the shape of the common Joe Maphis Single Neck (production) model. It is also listed here by association of Joe's name, although the Double Neck model looks like more of a Ventures Double Neck than not. Then again, Joe primarily played Double-Necked Guitar, and he had to take a back seat to the Ventures, so I suppose this might have been a bit of an apology?

Finally, Semie still made a rare few Joe Maphis Double Neck Models in the 1980s - his death in 1992, but these differ from the first iteration of the Maphis Double Neck. These ones look much more like the one Semie built for Joe in the 1950s.

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Model Specifications:
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Single Neck Models:

24.50" Scale Length (6 String and 12 String Guitar)
30.00" Scale Length (Bass)
Mosrite Ventures Single Coil Pickups / Mosrite Ventures Bass Pickups
Maple Neck
Binding on Neck
Rosewood Fretboard
Fretboard Binding
Chambered Body
Binding on Body

Lastly, I've seen some of these with more ornate horns by the neck. I'm not sure when that version dates from.

Double-Necked Models:

To be frank, I need to double-check the info before posting this here. However, I don't expect it's much different from the Ventures models. I just don't expect this model to have a chambered body, but I don't know.

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1959 - 1962 Single Neck (Prototype, Pre-Ventures) Models:
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Known #s - 1:

W0221676 - Sunburst. Number is on the Vibramute tailpiece. Belongs to Arturo Tapia Paulin. Pics saved. ---https://www.facebook.com/groups/329425863860893/permalink/1150905755046229/

Unknown, or No Number - 2:

No Number Visible - Sunburst, Mistake Plate model. Has a very primitive Vibramute on it, so early that it doesn't say "Vibramute." Seems to be one of the five 1959 models. Pics and page saved.--- https://reverb.com/item/4592357-mosrite ... b-58571457
No Number Visible - Sunburst. For sale from DOLPHIN GUITARS, Suita, Japan. Pics and page saved. --- https://reverb.com/item/40978223-mosrit ... demo-video

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1960s Single Neck Production Models:
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4-String Basses:
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Known #s - 2:

R080 - Natural. For Sale on Reverb, 2021 from Yeahman's Vintage & Used Guitars in Bern, Switzerland. Pics and page saved. https://reverb.com/item/44471788-1966-m ... 02-natural
R116469 - Sunburst, Tortoiseshell Pickguard. Part of this number appears to be a misprint or re-stamp. This may be 1646 with other digits, since the second 1 and the 9 are both faintly impressed on the fretboard. --- https://reverb.com/item/3346783-1966-mo ... r-sunburst

Speculated #s - 1:

R103 - Natural. For sale on Reverb, 2021 from Magnetic Heaven Music, San Diego, CA, USA. Seller didn't say the #, I looked at pics after inverting color. Pics and page saved. https://reverb.com/item/32646155-mosrit ... low-serial

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6-String Guitars, 1960s Models:
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Known #s - 10:

D005 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock, which takes up most of the headstock. Truss rod adjustment at the body only. Owned by Josh Fehnel. The neck date says Jan 26, 1966 and the neck also seems to says "0009" under the date (the first 0 was cut off by a screw hole.) Was sold by Lipham's in Gainsville, FL, a prominent store where, I've read, Tom Petty took guitar lessons and members of the Allman Brothers Band worked. Pics saved.
D086 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis Model" on headstock, instead of "Joe Maphis model I." Model name is also off-center, and a bit close to the "M" carve. 2 pics saved. Belongs to Beau Butcher.
D117 - Natural. Has "Joe Maphis model I" on the headstock. Belongs to Charley Dunn. Pics saved. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 874070786/
D189 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I." Truss rod adjustment at the body only. Pics and page saved. --- https://www.vintage-guitar.de/detailsit ... del-I.html
D221 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock. For sale from Reverb, seller "Gear Central" in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 2022. This guitar was bought by the original owner in 1968, and it had the tuners replaced for Grovers some time ago. The vibrato spring was also replaced, but everything else is original. It's a very well used, worn example: worn but original frets, cracked and arm-worn (and pick-scratched) finish, paint worn through on the neck, belt buckle rash, cigarette burns on the headstock. This guitar's why I wanted to start the list in the first place. Pics and Page Saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/48820678-mosrit ... intage-usa
D404 - Natural. No model name on headstock. Also has what seems to be a plugged hole in the headstock, near where the model name would be. Has smooth "Mark V" pickups, and the truss rod channel appears to be adjustable at the headstock, but the body end is also open. Belongs to Fredric Vandel. Pics saved. https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 9113516548
D448 - Natural. No model name on headstock. Posted by Ricky Toner on Facebook in 2017. Pics saved. Link: --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 037847959/
D481 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis Model" on headstock. Was in a flood, so it's missing electronics and the string guide. Belongs to Cindy Cline. Pics saved. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 785036654/
D639 - Natural. Does not have a Model name on the headstock. 2 Pics saved off Flickr.
D971 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model" on headstock. Also has what seems to be a cigarette burn by the Low E tuner, and either a knot in the wood above the tailpiece, or a chip in the finish. There Pics and page saved. Number according to Ed Roman's site's URL. http://www.edroman.com/detail_sheets/mo ... _d971.html

Speculated and Uncertain # Section - 2:

D035 - Natural. Says "Joe Maphis model I" on headstock, and has a body-end truss rod adjustment, so it has to be early. I can barely tell the #, if at all, in the photos. Pics and page saved. Was for sale from Double-d-guitars in Baltimore, MD, USA. --- https://reverb.com/item/26665-mosrite-j ... ric-guitar
D606 or D608 - Natural. Does not have a model name on the headstock, and has plastic-button Kluson tuners. Has a signature on the guitar. Pics and page saved. http://www.guitartraders.com/20288


Unknown # Section - 4:

???1 or ???7 - Natural. Joe Maphis model II, which has more curved, more ornate horns on it. Has a number, but I can't tell what it is. It seems to have a 1 or a 7 in the Was on eBay at one point, but I didn't document it. I do have 1 pic saved, though.
?008 - Natural. Joe Maphis Model II that was at Olivia's Vintage. Truss Rod adjustment at body end. Pics and page saved. --- https://reverb.com/item/2034757-1966-mo ... back-sides
????- Natural. Has Chet Atkins' Signature on it. Low-def Pics saved, page saved. --- https://www.gbase.com/gear/mosrite-joe- ... 65-natural
???? - Solid Red Front, Sunburst Neck and Headstock with "by Semie Moseley" Logo on it. Has 3-Ply Binding on the Body, and 1-Ply Binding on the neck. Has a stop tailpiece, like seen on Mosrite 350 models. Also has "Diamond" tuners. This is most likely a 1970 - 1973 model, due to the strange finish and hodgepodge of 1970s parts, and Semie's name under the logo. This guitar was listed on Reverb in April 2018, and I posted about it; the post got a good number of replies, including one by the current owner. Pics and Pages (forum discussion included) Saved. Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/4351324-1968-mo ... ric-guitar --- Forum Post: viewtopic.php?p=69392#p69392


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12-String Guitars:
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Blank or Unknown # Section - 1:

???? - Natural. French-Adam Gardner's. Pics saved. https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 239211182/

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1960s Double Neck Models with 6 and 12 String Necks:
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Known #s - 5:

2J067 - Sunburst. For sale from Japan, seller "tresurejapan" on 4 Jan 2022. Pics and page saved.
2J116 - Red (Refinish.) has smooth-top pickups, strangely. For sale from Bryan's Gear Emporium in Ingleburn, Australia on 4, Jan 2022. Pics and page saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/38802777-1965-m ... -twin-neck
2J120 --- Sunburst. 2 pics saved. https://guitarpoint.de/de/electric/zema ... oubleneck/
2J143 - Red. Was for sale at Ed Roman's site. # is according to the Ed Roman page. --- http://www.edroman.com/detail_sheets/mo ... _d113.html
2J368 / 2J369 - Sunburst, Necks Sunburst, Headstocks Black. Serial # 368 is on the 6 String Neck, serial # 369 is on the 12 String Neck. 6 String Neck says "Joe Maphis Model." Pics and page saved. --- http://www.tuneyoursound.com/collection ... uitar-1966

Unknown #s - 2:

????? - Blue. For sale from Jay Rosen Music in Emeryville, CA, USA on 4 Jan, 2022. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/34432420-mosrit ... -1966-blue
????? - Blue. May have not been stamped, or may have been re-fretted, though it doesn't look like it. For sale from Andy Babiuk's Fab Gear, Rochester, NY, USA. Pics and page saved. --- Reverb Listing: https://reverb.com/item/3007991-mosrite ... -1966-blue

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6-String Guitars, 1980s Models:
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Known #s - 2:

Joe Maphis Custom:

42339, "R0SS" in Fretboard (original owner's name?) - Combo style body. Natural, marbled wood. Built in 1986. Belongs to Adam (dorkrockrecords.) It's a one-off. Pics and page saved. --- https://reverb.com/item/142589-mosrite- ... 86-natural

JM65 Model:

V0157 - 1959 to 1962 "Maphis" style guitar (Ventures type body.) Sunburst, with an arm rest. Was made for Marty Stuart. I couldn't download the page or photos with my browser. I printed the page and found its pics elsewhere. --- https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/295 ... OZ4a1v-Xpk

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1970s - 1990s Double Necks:
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Known #s - 3:

PRO-001 - Sunburst. Prototype of the 1980s Joe Maphis Double-necks. Reads "Prototype J.M. 65 made in memory of my dear friend Joe Maphis Semie Mosely 1986" on the back of the 6-String Headstock. Pics and page saved. --- https://www.frettedamericana.com/produc ... ouble-neck
JM 06 - 1986 Joe Maphis Double Neck. Sunburst. 1 Photo Saved. https://www.facebook.com/groups/5297862 ... 248267139/
JM 13 - 1986 or 1987 Joe Maphis Double Neck. Sunburst. Was sold from Guitar Maniacs, Tacoma, WA, USA. --- https://reverb.com/item/33015695-mosrit ... c-sunburst

Speculated #s - 1:

xxx086 Guitar Neck, 106086 Bass Neck - Sunburst. Double neck with a 6-string guitar neck and 4-string bass neck. Was for sale from Southside Guitars
in Brooklyn, NY. Pics and page saved: --- https://reverb.com/item/435639-mosrite- ... 3-sunburst

Unknown #s - 1:

???? - I'm not sure how to describe the finish, at present. This is supposed to be a 1991 - 1992 instrument, and it looks like one of Semie's 1950s builds, but with better materials available. Was posted for sale from Merinda Kispert Kacsmaryk in 2017. --- https://www.facebook.com/groups/3294258 ... 773001796/

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Total Instruments:
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Single Neck (Prototype, Pre-Ventures) Models:

1 with a known #,
2 with unknown #s.

1960s Single Neck (Production) Models:

2 Basses with a Known #,
1 Bass with a Speculated #.

10 Six-String Guitars with Known #s,
2 Guitars with a Speculated #,
4 Guitars with an Unknown #.

1 Blank/Unknown 12 String Guitar,

1960s Double-Neck Models:

5 with known #s,
2 with unknown (or missing) #s.

1970s - 1993 Instruments:

Single Neck Models:

1 Known # Combo-style body,
1 Known # Ventures-type body.

Double Neck Models::

Known #s - 3
Speculated #s - 1
Unknown #s - 1

Total Instruments - 37.

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Finishes & Variants Accounted For:
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Single Neck (Prototype) Models:

Sunburst

Single Neck (Production) Models:

Natural - Natural front, Natural Dark Brown back. This is the most common finish for these models, and it may have been the only option in the 1960s.
Solid Red Front, with Brown Sides & Back - Only seen on 1 early 1970s Parts-rite model.

Double Neck Models:

1960s:

Blue,
Red,
Sunburst.

1970s:

Darker-seeming Sunburst.

1980s - 1990s:

Sunburst.
Translucent Yellow to Red Burst.

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Finally, here's a photo of a Joe Maphis (Production model) Guitar, for Facebook posts to have something to link:

Image

- 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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