1960s sparkle comparison: 1965 Mosrite The Ventures and 1962 Fender Stratocaster

Mosrite and Stratocaster red sparkle

Probably one of the most controversial subject among Collectors and Aficionados, “Sparkle” finishes always lit up the debate, wether they are “factory” or not, but one thing is for sure, they are a piece of art in their own, and absolutely beautiful to see in person. Today we compare two unique examples made in the 60s in California, at the Mosrite factory in Bakersfield and at the Fender factory in Fullerton.

Ever since their debut on the market in 1963, Mosrite “The Ventures” guitars were something absolutely unique and revolutionary, and even if their overall shape resembled something of a reversed Stratocaster form, nothing else looked like anything ever seen before on another Electric Guitar.

To start, the neck was designed to resolve many of the issues of traditionally crafted guitars, from the stability issues of the Les Paul headstock to the tuning issues of the Fenders, that is why the brand new Mosrite guitar managed to have a slim and quite fast profile, but with a small volute on the back of the head to prevent the typical cracks, and a precise zero-fret nut design for better intonation.

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