In this screenshot from an entry by John Frusciante on [his official website](http://johnfrusciante.com/article/hello-audience), he talks about using his Mosrite Ventures guitar on recordings of unreleased music of his past: "I have put up a 19 minute group of 6 songs recorded on 4-track cassette in May 2010, the instrumentation being 3 guitars and one drum machine. It is a bunch of weird anti-rock star guitar solos, played mainly on a Mosrite Ventures guitar..."more
Johnny is seen in this image playing his Mosrite Ventures II. *Rolling Stone* writes in [this article](http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-greatest-guitarists-20111123/johnny-ramone-20111122) "John Cummings made his name with an inexpensive Mosrite guitar, on which he hammered out high-speed downstroked barre chords in a slashing, minimalist style that appropriately became known as 'buzzsaw.'" [This article from *Premier Guitar*](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Maximum_Energy_The_Gear_of_the_Original_Punks_) writes "Johnny relied on a Mosrite Ventures II model guitar. He often said that he went to 48th Street in Manhattan—music row—looking for the cheapest guitar he could find. This is true, but he was also looking for something that would separate him visually from the soft-rock players of the day. Made only in 1965, the Ventures II model was the company’s entry-level Mosrite guitar, and it had a basswood slab body, a thin and fast neck, plastic trim and knobs, and single-coil pickups."more
Ricky Wilson was the first B-52's guitarist. You can see him play on his Blue Mosrite Ventures in the above video clip. The Mosrite Ventures II could have also been a Mark V and is commonly referred to as such in some circles. Either way, it's the same design. Ricky actually had 3 of these guitars of known - a Sunburst One, a Black One, and a Blue one. The Blue one is his best known guitar as it appeared on the lyrics sheet for the first record, and was used in this video, as well as in concert in the early days of the band pre-first album and until Ricky passed on in 1985. Photo of the Sunburst One - http://www.stereophile.com/images/imagecache/960-wide/photopost/data/508/293b52s-4-72dpi.jpg Video of the Black One - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4QSYx4wVQg - up close and personal Photo of Ricky's Main Blue Ventures II/Mark V guitar where it currently resides - http://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lko0wqFKlT1qfvhmzo1_500.jpg The Plaque Beneath the Blue one on Exhibit - which I believe is at the Cleveland Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame.... BLUE MOSRITE GUITAR B52s guitarist Ricky Wilson played Rock Lobster, Dance This Mess Around and many other of the band's early classics on this guitar as the group toured extensively. This instrument was also featured on the lyric sheet of their 1979 debut album. Ricky's unorthodox approach to the guitar is evidenced by the missing strings. Ricky strung his guitars with either four or five extra thick strings instead of the usual six and he also devised a different tuning for almost every song the band created. Collection of Linda J. Wilson Typically, at the early shows, the Ventures II/Mark V was tuned to CFxxFF for Rock Lobster and Dance this Mess Around. It seems later on in his career Ricky switched the guitar to a 5-string setup, most likely DADxBB as that's the most used tuning that the B-52's used (Lava, Moon, Give Me Back My Man, Strobe Light, just to name a few). The main blue one is on exhibit in Athens Georgia these days and has heavy browning around the pickguard screws, what looks like a TV knob for the tone knob, and heavily crazed paintjob.more
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