Mosrite Ventures Bass Question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by baconmpanada, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. How different is a Mosrite Ventures bass in terms of feel and sound to a fender style bass?

    I'm looking at one from the net, however since i have had no experience with Mosrite basses and would not be able to test them (as i live in the other side of the world), i would like to seek opinions of ones who have used a Mosrite bass.

    Also which is more desirable the 1 pickup or 2 pickup version?

  2. TRichardsbass

    TRichardsbass Commercial User

    Jun 3, 2009
    Between Muscle Shoals and Nashville
    Bassgearu, Music Industry Consulting and Sales
    Depends on your desires. The best way to figure out the sound is to listen to a lot of old Ventures records, especially the 1964-1969 stuff. Most of that was recorded with the Mosrites.

    If you want old school, one pickup. If you want a slightly more jazzy sound, two pickups.

    Hope that helps.

    THORRR Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2010
    Parker, Colorado
  4. Luckydog


    Dec 25, 1999
    As far as feel, I never owned a Mosrite, but played a couple. To me they felt light and almost toyish, particularly the neck. Not to disparage them to those who appreciate them, but thats been my experience.
  5. WoodyJ


    Jul 29, 2008
    Smyrna, GA
    As a long-time Ventures fan, I used to have a Mosrite Ventures bass (2 pickup) and a Ventures guitar, both 1965 models.

    I didn't keep the bass very long. It didn't have near the punch of a Fender and the neck profile didn't suit me. But it was nicely made, I liked the way it looked and I sold it for more than I paid for it (to a collector who was not a player).

    After the Ventures sales deal with Semie Moseley ended, around 1967, I believe, Ventures bassist Bob Bogle started playing a Fender Precision. When the Ventures' Aria/Wilson Bros. deal materialized in the early 2000's, Bob started playing one of those, which he did until his passing in 2009.

    Conversely, my Mosrite Ventures guitar had very hot pickups but with a very brittle sound that I didn't care for. And the neck was so tiny that it was difficult to play lead parts since the strings were so close together. It has been said that The Ventures often used their old Fenders in the studio during their 1963-66 "Mosrite years".
  6. ^
    Thanks for the inputs!

    this is helpful. I'm kind of bias to a certain weight and feel. That's one reason i had to sell my danelectro bass i had.


    I really dig the look of a mosrite and probably that's the number 1 factor im looking to buy one.

    Thanks again!
  7. rockinrayduke

    rockinrayduke Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2007
    Henderson, NV
  8. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Yep, they used to complain about the thin necks, but Semie Moseley wouldn't change them. I thought they sounded great with a totally unique tone, though. I used to have a Ventures guitar and played a handful of Mosrite basses at stores back in the day. But personally I found the guitars extremely hard to play because of the thin necks, but not so much the basses. They were hard to play because of the mile high action ;)
  9. Is the Ventures Mosrite a short scale? I've played a non-Ventures Mosrite, a Univox and an Eastwood; and all 3 were short scales.
  10. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    The ones I played were short.