MOSRITE BASS - SOME SUPERFICIAL OBSERVATIONS

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Re: MOSRITE BASS - SOME SUPERFICIAL OBSERVATIONS

Postby MWaldorf » Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:54 pm

Elliot Easton wrote:Yes, Semie built this, the only 5-string Mosrite bass that I know of, for Ben Orr. Way. It was a matching set of 3 guitars-mine was a red 3 pickup hardtail! I wish I had a photo of that one and also the blue Mark I he made for me: on the shaded blue headstock, instead of a Ventures logo he created one especially for me. It had my name but the 2 E's of my first and last names were speakers with blaring sound waves coming out! Man, I wish I'd kept that one!


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Postby Elliot Easton » Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:56 pm

MWaldorf wrote:
Elliot Easton wrote:Yes, Semie built this, the only 5-string Mosrite bass that I know of, for Ben Orr. Way. It was a matching set of 3 guitars-mine was a red 3 pickup hardtail! I wish I had a photo of that one and also the blue Mark I he made for me: on the shaded blue headstock, instead of a Ventures logo he created one especially for me. It had my name but the 2 E's of my first and last names were speakers with blaring sound waves coming out! Man, I wish I'd kept that one!


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i shows up perfectly here. hmmmm...here it is again:

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Postby LoveyX » Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:01 pm

Hi Elliot,

Interesting artwork! Always loved The Cars & still do. Can't believe no one asked about The New Cars!

Any idea where the bass is now?

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Postby Elliot Easton » Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:06 pm

LoveyX wrote:Hi Elliot,

Interesting artwork! Always loved The Cars & still do. Can't believe no one asked about The New Cars!

Any idea where the bass is now?


yes, i believe it is now in the possession of our drummer, david robinson.
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Postby MWaldorf » Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:08 pm

Hmmm. Must be an Internet Explorer thing, because it displays in Firefox. And, wow! That's amazing! Did Ben use it on any recordings or at live shows?
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Postby Elliot Easton » Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:12 pm

MWaldorf wrote:Hmmm. Must be an Internet Explorer thing, because it displays in Firefox. And, wow! That's amazing! Did Ben use it on any recordings or at live shows?


i'm pretty sure it arrived after our final album together was completed so i don't think it made it onto any cars recordings. i remember him playing it in rehearsals for the last tour. he might have taken it on the road and played a few songs on it. that seems to ring a bell. i also seem to remember that the low string was a low B and that the short scale wasn't doing that string any favors! :lol:
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Postby LoveyX » Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:23 pm

i also seem to remember that the low string was a low B and that the short scale wasn't doing that string any favors! :lol:


That's funny, but the cool looks of it almost make up for it! 8-)

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Postby Elliot Easton » Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:25 pm

LoveyX wrote:
i also seem to remember that the low string was a low B and that the short scale wasn't doing that string any favors! :lol:


That's funny, but the cool looks of it almost make up for it! 8-)



Almost???!!!!???? Boy, tough room!:lol:
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Postby Dennisthe Menace » Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:01 pm

Elliot Easton wrote:
Veenture wrote:
MWaldorf wrote:When we zoom in on the bass Bob Bogle is holding we not only see the two pick-ups on it but also a third (!) control knob -undoubtedly
to serve as tone control for the newly added bridge pick-up. Notice too, the absence still of a tone switch near the treble horn.
i would have thought the third knob would have been a second volume, giving the bass separate volume controls, no?
OK, now I'm totally confused...I had thought that the first 2 knobs were your master volume and tone controls.
The third, I thought was a 'blend' knob between the 2 p'ups, before the p'up selector switch came into play......??? :?
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Postby ivan100000 » Sat Mar 12, 2011 5:05 am

Guitar-geeking my way across the internet at 3:57 AM leads me to this great thread; thanks to all who've posted. Here's my January 1965 gold Mosrite non-Ventures bass with matching gold headstock (as well as gold back-of-the-headstock), tapered knobs, cloverleaf Klusons w/ slotted center screws, and the early-style neckplate that doesn't bolt all the way through. I've never found out why the serial # is 0001, but it's a great bass.

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