Bluesbender serial numbers

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Re: Bluesbender serial numbers

Postby chartbreaker » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:30 am

you can add number N0101 in brown. It carries with it great history for me. I bought it from a reputable shop who bought out another shops inventory that went broke. It was sold to me as new in '75 or '76. I was told the guitar was a "new old stock" '69 that went unsold for several years. There was not a mark or scratch anywhere, even the pickguard. So given the guitar's condition, the case condition (virtually perfect) and the dealer's reputation as a stand-up guy, I had (and still have) no reason to disbelieve what he told me. Of course without a paper trail anything is possible. No, I didn't get a warranty card or any other paperwork other that a hand-written receipt that was immediately lost or tossed.

My Blues Bender is still one of the best playing axes in my nearly 50 year collection (20 or 30 guitars and basses along with all the usual keyboards, drums, amps, stompboxes, and miles of electrical spaghetti). Frets are severely worn yet still no buzz anywhere. Neck is still laser-straight. Like most Mosrites that worked for a living, the finish is seriously cracked with several chips. Original pickups still sing like new. Still sports the original pots and switches that continue to work flawlessly. It was my main gigging axe for over ten years until I switched to bass decades ago to get more gigs (I've since retired from stage/studio work). If I ever have to start selling off my gear collection, my Mosrite will be the very last thing to go and tears will be shed doing it...

Over the years this Mosrite has been left in trucks or car trunks for days during road trips (both winter and summer), gigged outdoors in freezing temperatures in winter and out in the hot sun in summer, kicked, dropped, set on fire with lighter fluid during overly enthusiastic slide solos (actually did that a few dozen times until my shirt caught fire), and once even stabbed. It was being used by a bandmate where I was a bass player, and the gig ran over a half-hour past quitting time. The guitarist was having so much fun he didn't want to stop, so I casually walked over, popped out my trusty buck knife and stabbed my own guitar right between the pickups, cutting off the strings! DId I mention I was known to enjoy an alcoholic beverage now and then when I was young? Sorry to ramble, but my Mosrite represents many of the best times (and a few bad times) of my life to me.

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Re: Bluesbender serial numbers

Postby 101Volts » Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:57 am

chartbreaker wrote:you can add number N0101 in brown. It carries with it great history for me. I bought it from a reputable shop who bought out another shops inventory that went broke. It was sold to me as new in '75 or '76. I was told the guitar was a "new old stock" '69 that went unsold for several years. There was not a mark or scratch anywhere, even the pickguard. So given the guitar's condition, the case condition (virtually perfect) and the dealer's reputation as a stand-up guy, I had (and still have) no reason to disbelieve what he told me. Of course without a paper trail anything is possible. No, I didn't get a warranty card or any other paperwork other that a hand-written receipt that was immediately lost or tossed.

My Blues Bender is still one of the best playing axes in my nearly 50 year collection (20 or 30 guitars and basses along with all the usual keyboards, drums, amps, stompboxes, and miles of electrical spaghetti). Frets are severely worn yet still no buzz anywhere. Neck is still laser-straight. Like most Mosrites that worked for a living, the finish is seriously cracked with several chips. Original pickups still sing like new. Still sports the original pots and switches that continue to work flawlessly. It was my main gigging axe for over ten years until I switched to bass decades ago to get more gigs (I've since retired from stage/studio work). If I ever have to start selling off my gear collection, my Mosrite will be the very last thing to go and tears will be shed doing it...

Over the years this Mosrite has been left in trucks or car trunks for days during road trips (both winter and summer), gigged outdoors in freezing temperatures in winter and out in the hot sun in summer, kicked, dropped, set on fire with lighter fluid during overly enthusiastic slide solos (actually did that a few dozen times until my shirt caught fire), and once even stabbed. It was being used by a bandmate where I was a bass player, and the gig ran over a half-hour past quitting time. The guitarist was having so much fun he didn't want to stop, so I casually walked over, popped out my trusty buck knife and stabbed my own guitar right between the pickups, cutting off the strings! DId I mention I was known to enjoy an alcoholic beverage now and then when I was young? Sorry to ramble, but my Mosrite represents many of the best times (and a few bad times) of my life to me.


Sounds like you've enjoyed No. 101 a lot over the years. :)

Numbers 101 and 127 added. Both are Brown.

Unknown Numbers Section - 7 Guitars:

-- ---: Redburst Guitar seen "in the UK magazine The Guitar Magazine in the collection of Ross Godfrey who plays with the band Morcheeba." - Sumlin
-- ---: Black Guitar, may not really be a Bluesbender (or a Mosrite at all) but may be a Mosrite S.M. model. Played by Jim Diamond (Detroit garage rock producer) in the early 2000s.
-- ---: Black Guitar - played by John Reis in 2017. Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQwF5hQhgXj ... =otisserie
-- ---: used in the band Hole in 1990. May or may not be Sumlin's Black B162 listed below.
-- ---: Red body and neck. https://reverb.com/nz/item/6282103-mosr ... ck-vintage
-- ---: Brown. https://www.blackbookguitars.com/collec ... esbender-1
-- ---: Red, Neck's stripped and neck pickup cavity routed so the bottom end could be closer to the bridge. Available from Gonkulator on Reverb Late April 2018, sold later: https://reverb.com/item/11837350-mosrit ... er-project

Bodies - 2:

-- ---: Black Body, no neck, large rout you could fit 3 pickups into and start routing a Stratocaster vibrato unit into (?) so maybe this was going to become a bass prototype but they didn't get around to it? Avalable from Gonkulator, Late April 2018 - Update, November 30; I bought it: https://reverb.com/item/11837375-mosrit ... y-in-black
-- ---: Not Finished Body, Not Routed except for the electronics section. Available from Gonkulator late April 2018 - Update, November 30; I bought it: https://reverb.com/item/11837362-mosrit ... ender-body

No Numbers Stamped Section - 1 Guitar:

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

Known Numbers - 29 Guitars:

NO 003
NO 028: "Dark Burgundy."
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 031: Color: ?; Owned by Tim Brennan (Tym)
NO 032: Refretted and modified. Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3676
NO 039
NO 041
NO 045
NO 049: Black, heavy weather checking
NO 068: Black; Missing original pups and knobs. Seller said it's a 1972 model.
NO 071: Black
Source: http://home.insightbb.com/~marksma/wsb/ ... ip-35.html
NO 083: Red
NO 087: Finished in Red, had a neck repair that wasn't touched up. (Not sure if this is refinished or not.) Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3663
NO 101: Brown - Owned by forum member chartbreaker who bought it (apparently) new in 75 - 76. Played hard, well enjoyed and has a knife mark between pickups.
?? 119: Brown - Seems to have been parted out on eBay. Sources:
https://reverb.com/item/2852359-brown-c ... del-guitar
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mosrite-1970-B ... SwuoxanXpS
NO 127: Brown - Showed up on Reverb on September 1st or 2nd 2019.
Source: https://reverb.com/item/26263169-mosrit ... 1970-brown
NO 133
NO 135: Black
NO 140: White
NO 153
NO 153 Deluxe: Black - "Made in 1969. It is black with a red tortoise shell pick guard. The scale is 1/8" shorter than the Gibson scale. After taking this picture, it has since been completely restored by my father, the master luthier Bill Gruggett, an original member of the Mosrite Guitars team. Original Mosrite parts were used from his personal stock, except for new high-quality PC-USA pickups, which I requested."
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 160
NO 162: Black (owned by Sumlin.)
NO 170
NO 172: Sunburst
NO 180: Brown or Natural.
Source: https://reverb.com/item/3369670-mosrite-bluesbender
NO 190: Cherry Burst
NO 195: Pad on back
NO 196: Black, Signed by Nokie Edwards
NO 203

Unknown Exact serial numbers - 1 Guitar:

NO 03x/04x (White, Owned by Adam for a time)

This list is up to 38 individual guitars (maybe give or take, depending on those in the unknown numbers section) and 2 bodies now, 4 guitars without numbers.

- Austin
1966 Ventures II German Carve B670 (Over B641; Misprint)
1970s Blues Bender Body 1 - "Funnily Routed Body"
1970s Blues Bender Body 2
1976 Brass Rail Deluxe #10
1990s/Early 2000s Riff: ES-335 Copy
2013 Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI

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Re: Bluesbender serial numbers

Postby 101Volts » Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:31 am

No 16 added. It, strangely, has a sunburst headstock. I've never seen another one like it.

Unknown Numbers Section - 7 Guitars:

-- ---: Redburst Guitar seen "in the UK magazine The Guitar Magazine in the collection of Ross Godfrey who plays with the band Morcheeba." - Sumlin
-- ---: Black Guitar, may not really be a Bluesbender (or a Mosrite at all) but may be a Mosrite S.M. model. Played by Jim Diamond (Detroit garage rock producer) in the early 2000s.
-- ---: Black Guitar - played by John Reis in 2017. Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQwF5hQhgXj ... =otisserie
-- ---: used in the band Hole in 1990. May or may not be Sumlin's Black B162 listed below.
-- ---: Red body and neck. https://reverb.com/nz/item/6282103-mosr ... ck-vintage
-- ---: Brown. https://www.blackbookguitars.com/collec ... esbender-1
-- ---: Red, Neck's stripped and neck pickup cavity routed so the bottom end could be closer to the bridge. Available from Gonkulator on Reverb Late April 2018, sold later: https://reverb.com/item/11837350-mosrit ... er-project

Bodies - 2:

-- ---: Black Body, no neck, large rout you could fit 3 pickups into and start routing a Stratocaster vibrato unit into (?) so maybe this was going to become a bass prototype but they didn't get around to it? Avalable from Gonkulator, Late April 2018 - Update, November 30; I bought it: https://reverb.com/item/11837375-mosrit ... y-in-black
-- ---: Not Finished Body, Not Routed except for the electronics section. Available from Gonkulator late April 2018 - Update, November 30; I bought it: https://reverb.com/item/11837362-mosrit ... ender-body

No Numbers Stamped Section - 1 Guitar:

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

Known Numbers - 30 Guitars:

NO 003
NO 016: Black with Sunburst Headstock. Showed up on Reverb in November 2019 in a case and in very good if not excellent condition (I didn't look close, it was late when I posted this individual message.) https://reverb.com/item/29460726-1971-m ... -500-black
NO 028: "Dark Burgundy."
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 031: Color: ?; Owned by Tim Brennan (Tym)
NO 032: Refretted and modified. Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3676
NO 039
NO 041
NO 045
NO 049: Black, heavy weather checking
NO 068: Black; Missing original pups and knobs. Seller said it's a 1972 model.
NO 071: Black
Source: http://home.insightbb.com/~marksma/wsb/ ... ip-35.html
NO 083: Red
NO 087: Finished in Red, had a neck repair that wasn't touched up. (Not sure if this is refinished or not.) Seen on eBay in October 2010. viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3663
NO 101: Brown - Owned by forum member chartbreaker who bought it (apparently) new in 75 - 76. Played hard, well enjoyed and has a knife mark between pickups.
?? 119: Brown - Seems to have been parted out on eBay. Sources:
https://reverb.com/item/2852359-brown-c ... del-guitar
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mosrite-1970-B ... SwuoxanXpS
NO 127: Brown - Showed up on Reverb on September 1st or 2nd 2019.
Source: https://reverb.com/item/26263169-mosrit ... 1970-brown
NO 133
NO 135: Black
NO 140: White
NO 153
NO 153 Deluxe: Black - "Made in 1969. It is black with a red tortoise shell pick guard. The scale is 1/8" shorter than the Gibson scale. After taking this picture, it has since been completely restored by my father, the master luthier Bill Gruggett, an original member of the Mosrite Guitars team. Original Mosrite parts were used from his personal stock, except for new high-quality PC-USA pickups, which I requested."
Source: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mochizuki/kiyosh ... rlist.html
NO 160
NO 162: Black
NO 170
NO 172: Sunburst
NO 180: Brown or Natural.
Source: https://reverb.com/item/3369670-mosrite-bluesbender
NO 190: Cherry Burst
NO 195: Pad on back
NO 196: Black, Signed by Nokie Edwards
NO 203

Unknown Exact serial numbers - 1 Guitar:

NO 03x/04x (White, Owned by Adam for a time)

This list is up to 39 individual guitars (maybe give or take, depending on those in the unknown numbers section) and 2 bodies now, 4 guitars without numbers.

- Austin
1966 Ventures II German Carve B670 (Over B641; Misprint)
1970s Blues Bender Body 1 - "Funnily Routed Body"
1970s Blues Bender Body 2
1976 Brass Rail Deluxe #10
1990s/Early 2000s Riff: ES-335 Copy
2013 Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI


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