Mosrite double necks

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Mosrite double necks

Postby dubtrub » Wed Feb 04, 2009 1:41 am

I've been going through my stash of photo's from the net of Mosrite double necks. It seems as though the only ones that were consistent in their design and appointments was solely the production Joe Maphis 12x6 model. Most of these are simply photo's minus any pertinent information. Feel free to post additional photo's or offer any knowledge you may have regarding any particulars. I just thought it would be appropriate to have a photo collection of double necks.

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Postby EFElliott » Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:30 am

Hey Danny, Gettin' that itch To build a double neck or two ???
Though I'd stick my old photo of me and Larry Collins Mosrite
double neck on, it's one of the only pix I have of my early Mosrite
days. The photo was snaped my Uncle Semie in the Mosrite lunch room at
1500 "P" street, the door behind me on the right was the assembally room
where all those Ventures model guitars were put togeither from
late '63 to '66. I'll look for more double neck photos.
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Postby Dennisthe Menace » Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:56 am

.....and Danny and I talked about this one a while back....This is NOT a '64..............
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make the Mos' of it, choose the 'rite stuff.
.........Owner of 9 Mosrites...
.....proud owner and documented:
1963 "the Ventures" Model s/n #0038
http://www.thevintagerockproject.com/

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Re: Mosrite double necks

Postby GattonFan » Wed Feb 04, 2009 7:39 am

Hey, Ed .. do you remember how many people were working there at the time. Just curious as to how many people Mosrite employed at any one time making these guitars.

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Postby dubtrub » Wed Feb 04, 2009 9:54 am

Can't forget Barbara Mandrell's 1981 double neck.

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Re: Mosrite double necks

Postby Deke Dickerson » Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:58 am

Hey Danny and the gang--

I've posted pictures of my doublenecks on the forum already, though I still need to get a good photo of the Gino King doubleneck.

As far as "production" goes, these things started out as custom ordered instruments, and although the first one made for Joe Maphis had an "octave" neck on the top (essentially a 6-string guitar beginning at the 12th fret, or very roughly a 6-string with a mandolin scale length), you could custom order whatever the heck you wanted.

Artie at Front Porch has one of the more bizarre ones I've seen, it has a 12-string octave neck! A little bitty neck with a huge headstock.

I've only seen two original authentic Mosrite doublenecks with a bass on top, very rare version.

John aka Mosriteforever had that red white & blue double with the 8-string mando on the top neck and the 12-string guitar on the bottom, you'd wear out a tuner battery by the time you got that thing in tune!

The only two "production runs" of Mosrite doublenecks were short lived. Even some of those were customized right from the factory. In 1966-1968 they made a bunch of the "Joe Maphis model" doublenecks with the 12-string neck on top. In the 1980's Semie made at least 25 or so of the "JM65" model, an homage to Joe's original doubleneck with the octave neck on top.

So yeah, interesting thread, and one that seems inexhaustible, Semie sure made a lot of darn doublenecks! ha

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Re: Mosrite double necks

Postby dubtrub » Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:43 am

Deke, since you own and have no doubt played a variety of double necks, does the octave neck get very much use or is it more of a novelty?

It seems that the octave neck is the most common. I have to admit it is the most aesthetically pleasing, that 12x6 just looks out of proportion, but how practical is the octave neck? I realize that answer would be up to the individual style of music, but if one was to have 'one' double neck, what neck would be first choice? I'll open that question up for everyone to anser.

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Re: Mosrite double necks

Postby TerryTNM » Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:13 pm

Here's Larry Collins guitar
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Postby Strat-o-rama » Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:21 pm

Hi Terry,
I know you've worked on that guitar and I brought this particular instrument up on the Bob Regan thread. Deke descibed it as not as big as the guitar he(Larry Collins) had back in the days of his duets with Joe Maphis. Is it basically constructed the same as the 50's style, only slimmer, or is it more of a semi-solid/chambered design?

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Re: Mosrite double necks

Postby Dennisthe Menace » Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:24 pm

dubtrub wrote:Deke, since you own and have no doubt played a variety of double necks, does the octave neck get very much use or is it more of a novelty?

It seems that the octave neck is the most common. I have to admit it is the most aesthetically pleasing, that 12x6 just looks out of proportion, but how practical is the octave neck? I realize that answer would be up to the individual style of music, but if one was to have 'one' double neck, what neck would be choice? I'll open that question up for everyone to anser.

Well, I'm in a Group that plays 60s through the 90s. My 12/6 is very versatile and gets the job done. When we are doing early Beatles, Birds, the Who, etc,
the 12 string 'jangly' tone comes into play very nicely :mrgreen: . When it comes to doing tunes that require a 12 String Acoustic, I will basically just change the
program settings on the XP-100 amp and "Voila!" I now have the sound AND the tone of a 12 string Guild Acoustic.....so yeah, this works out perfectly for
my style, but again, that's just me................But, everyone's style of playing and their needs are going to be different. Danny, it's funny, I never gave it
much thought on the 12/6 versus the OctaveNeck/6 String set up....that's a good question and an interesting comparison :|
make the Mos' of it, choose the 'rite stuff.
.........Owner of 9 Mosrites...
.....proud owner and documented:
1963 "the Ventures" Model s/n #0038
http://www.thevintagerockproject.com/


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