This is a rare, Mosrite Celebrity CE II Mark I electric guitar made circa 1967 in the USA at the Bakersfield, California factory. It is a beautiful, double cutaway, thin, fully bound, hollow body instrument. The features include a green finish, two single coil pickups, two bound f-holes, an adjustable metal bridge with individually adjustable saddles, a die cast Mosrite tremolo tailpiece, two metal strap pins, a white pickguard, with a black stripe around the edge and another gaurd plate on which all of the electronics except for the pickups are mounted. This guitar comes with the original hardshell case that has taken on some wear over the years. Mosrite guitars were first established in 1952 after Semi Moseley left Rickenbacker and joined Ray Boatwright. They merged their last names to create the name Mosrite. It is said that Mosrite began making their first Celebrities around late 1965. This guitar is a beautiful find that you do not want to miss. Get your hands on this piece of guitar history.
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CONDITION:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
This guitar is 100% original and in good condition. There are about two barely visible small spots of wear on the front and about three on the back. Also, a few spots of wear can be seen on the sides, some wear is located on the lower bass bout back, and a line of crazing about one inch long extends down from the treble side of the bridge, otherwise the finish is very clean. The accompanying case is starting to come apart at the seems. This guitar plays fantastic and sounds great.
TUNERS:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
The all original, closed back, individual, deluxe tuners with silver, chrome buttons, which are a unique, flat, diamond, septagram shape are smooth and in great working order. Description from VintageSilvertones.com
NECK:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Very thin, straight, rock maple, bolt-on neck, with 22 of the infamous, very low, Mosrite "speed frets" plus a zero fret on a Rosewood fingerboard and a 24.5" scale. The frets are marked by two small dot inlays per marked fret except for the twelfth fret which has three tiny dots. There is fret wear on the first few frets, but that does not effect the tone or playability of the instrument. The headstock, featuring an M shape on the top and silkscreened logos, has some slight wear on the edges. The neck, which is kept straight with an adjustable truss rod, has about two small spots of wear on the back. The action is fast.
PICKUPS:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
The two single coil pickups are in good working condition. The neck pickup has a clean, clear, warm bell-like tone while the bridge has a crispier, treblier, smooth tone. This guitar is good for a myriad of styles, including jazz, rock, funk, blues, and country. This Mosrite has silver, "M" stamped, hat-type volume and tone knobs marked with "T" and "V" indicators along with the numbers 1-5 on the base of the knob. Each pickup shares one volume and one tone pot. It also has a three-way toggle to select the neck, bridge or both pickups. All electronics work properly.
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DIMENSIONS:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Overall length: 41"
Body width: 16.5"
Body thickness: 1 7/8" (2 3/8" with neck)
Width of the nut: 1 5/8"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Depth of the neck at nut: 1 3/8" approximately
String height at 12th fret: 1/16"
Here's the original description from the Mosrite promotional materials (circa 1966):
CE II MARK I MODEL 211
THE CE II MARK I MAINTAINS THE MOSRITE ARCH TOP FEATURES WITH A SLIM, THINNER BODY TO FULFILL THE INDIVIDUAL REQUIREMNTS OF MANY GUITAR ARTISTS AND INCLUDE ALL THE STANDARD FEATURES OF TEH MOSRITE ELECTRIC GUITAR LISTED ON PAGE 15.
IT HAS SUPERBLY OUTDISTANCED THE OTHERS IN ITS FIELD IN SOUND AND PLAYABILITY.
1 13/16 INCH SIDE RIM
24 1/2 INCH SCALE
22 FRETSDescription from VintageSilvertones.com
Mosrite Celebrity CE II Mark I
Item #: mosr1006