In this photo gallery interview, James Dean Bradfield says, “I don’t know what year it is, but I do know it’s a pig of a guitar! It must have the smallest fretboard of all time. I’ve got small hands anyway, but f***ing hell! "And I can’t stop it feeding-back for some reason, so I need to find a spot for recording. I tend to use Line 6’s Amp Farm with this one. I do that quite a lot to be honest, to get the best tone. “I like the Mosrite’s sound, yet it’s horrible to play [laughs]. But it’s cool, it’s interesting; it’s old, but not original 1960s Mosrite I don’t think. I used this lots on Lifeblood and Journal For Plague Lovers.”more
This photo has appeared in an old issue of Creem magazine and also Guitar World. It is likely that this guitar was only used for a couple of shows. Here Johnny is on the left (Dee Dee's side) of the stage but they already are using Marshalls so I would date the photo to early 1976.more
Playing a Mosrite The Ventures here on the song "52 Girls" Ricky had a few of these, he was seen with the burst the most often, which was a 70's model. A few people on Mosrite forum posted about the others in the "Ricky Wilson's Guitars" thread there - http://mosriteforum.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=6196&sid=12e77d9dd1c6774124fd90a2222b3a31&start=10 Typically the Mosrite Ventures was tuned to DADxBB for "Lava" "Give Me Back My Man" "Moon" and such. This was the most common tuning the early B-52's used. While the Blue Mark V got more attention, it seems the Ventures got more stage time.more
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