1966 Sunburst Mosrite Mark V Model

Make: Mosrite
Model: Ventures Model Mark V
Colour: Sunburst
Year: 1966
Serial Number: B1XX
Case: Original
Comments: All original and extremely good condition except for a few small dings. Original sunburst paint has fine laquer checking. Is a late Ventures model as indicated by the truss rod adjustment on the headstock. Another fine collector!


Reference Information:
Information below is the property of Tym Guitars. http://tymguitars.com.au


Price at 1966: $398.00 US Dollars + $54 for a hardcase.

The first “Official Ventures” guitar was available in 1963. The first model was a set neck, celluloid bound body with a large “The Ventures” logo on the headstock. They were available in red or sunburst only. The jack was on the side of the guitar and these are referred to as side jack models.

The necks were very thin and had extremely low frets known at Mosrite as speed frets. They had a zero fret and semi circular type metal string guide (nut). The vibrato unit on these early models was called a Vibramute and had a special muting mechanism near the bridge. The Ventures used this model on their January 1965 tour.

In 1964 the jack was moved on to the scratch plate and the body binding was dropped. The neck joint was changed to the bolt on type but the screw heads were covered by a metal plate and then eventually went to a standard type bolt on neck through the plate.

The Ventures logo became smaller in mid ’64 and the pick ups changed to show the Mosrite of California logo embossed on them, but with no R for registered trade mark.

Sometime in mid ’65 the vibrato unit is changed to a Moseley type, which is essentially the same unit but now being die cast and with Moseley embossed into it. The mute mechanism had long since disappeared.

Volume and tone knobs are changed to a “hat type” with an “M” stamped on top and are numbered from 1 to 5 with V and T. In ’66 the knobs are changed again to something very simlar but taller and without the V and T embossed in them. Also around this time the string guide is changed to a 1/4 round unit.

Necks are made from two or three pieces of rock maple but are still very thin with extremely small and low frets installed. Most Mosrites have had truss rod adjustment at the headstock end since early to mid 65 but in mid to late ’66 the truss rod adjustment is moved to the headstock end of all models inc the Ventures model and a plastic rod cover installed.

2 comments on “1966 Sunburst Mosrite Mark V Model

  1. RBorne on said:

    I have an opportunity to purchase a Mark V Ventures model.
    I have removed the neck and there are no dates on the neck Or neck pocket. A serial number on the 22nd fret the numbers are spaced as follows:
    B 1XXX X
    Were all models stamped on the neck or pocket?
    Could this be a fake?

    • admin on said:

      may or may not be a fake, but it should have a date stamp somewhere. These guitars where made by hand so anything could have happened. Best bet is to ask the question on

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