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Glen Campbell's 1971-1974 Mosrite Mark I

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Re: Glen Campbell's 1971-1974 Mosrite Mark I

Post by Cowpoke » Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:49 am

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Glen Campbell, Carl Jackson and Steve Turner performing at the 1984 fourth of July celebration, St. Louis, Missouri. Photo by Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
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Re: Glen Campbell's 1971-1974 Mosrite Mark I

Post by jay » Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:04 pm

Bob has a great eye!!!

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Glen Campbells Mosrite Mark I on the staircase in Malibu
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Here is a frame capture from Austin City Limits

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Glen with the Mosrite Mark I
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Re: Glen Campbell's 1971-1974 Mosrite Mark I

Post by Bob Willard Henke » Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:47 pm

While I was working with Glen we had the opportunity to clear out a storage trailer he had in CA. This guitar was in that trailer and I took it home with me. The guitar was in good shape however it needed some TLC which I gave it. It was missing the spring for the Vibramate Tailpiece (which you can see in the above video clip) but otherwise just needed to be cleaned and set up properly. It took some time but I managed to find a spring that would work on the guitar and when I returned it to Glen it was a fully functioning Mosrite. I used ion a few gigs and I have to say, It sounded great. It's in the photo of Glen sitting on the stairs with part of his guitar collection.



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Re: 1971-1974 Mosrite Mark I

Post by Bluebird » Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:23 am

Just to add to my previous post since I can't seem to find the edit function:

The Mosrite story was told to me by Rodger Wynfield from whom I got the Bluebird 6 that I still own. He was a guitar tech/part-time band member for Glen. He mentioned it when we were talking about the whereabouts of some of the Bluebirds.

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Re: 1971-1974 Mosrite Mark I

Post by Bluebird » Mon Jun 22, 2015 5:17 pm

I was told told that someone in the audience at one of his shows offered him the Mosrite for one of Glen's Bluebird 6 string guitars which, obviously, he accepted.

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Re: 1971-1974 Mosrite Mark I

Post by Cowpoke » Sat Jun 13, 2015 4:49 pm

Hi Jay, great post, thank you. Here's another video of Glen playing the 71-74 Mosrite Mark 1.



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Glen Campbell's 1971-1974 Mosrite Mark I

Post by jay » Sat Jun 13, 2015 7:27 am

In 1962 the Ventures paid Mosrite, to manufacture a line of guitars for them. That line's main guitar, for the most part, was The Ventures Model Mark I. The Ventures purchased these guitars from Mosrite and then distributed them. The Ventures were the sole distributor. This was a terrible deal for Semie and the Ventures...as it ended up that 100's of guitars sat warehoused and sold for pennies on the dollar when their 5 year contract ended and Mosrite went bankrupt.

In 1970 Semie started making guitars again and reintroduced the Mark I in 1971 and produced it until 1974.

It appears, that in 1985, Glen showed up at a couple of concerts playing a 71-74 Mark I.
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The oddity is, Glen was fully committed to Ovation during the time span that this guitar was produced. It is no secret that Glen loved Mosrite guitars. Maybe Semie, once he re-opened the factory, sent him one. We will never know. But it is pretty neat to see a mature Glen killing it with a Mosrite!



Many thanks to The Mosrite Forum, Paul Moody and Jeff Dayton for helping with this piece.



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