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Glen Campbell's Mosrite Celebrity I

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Re: Glen Campbell's Mosrite Celebrity I

Post by Mike Joyce » Wed Oct 28, 2020 2:30 pm

Yes, that just seemed like fate playing a hand there. Glen/Jimmy/Ovation a great combination. It's interesting to spot how many artists were using Ovations, especially through the 70s-80s. They must surely have been influenced by Glen's example and also the unique sound they created. I can always hear an Ovation on a song when I listen carefully, they seem to stand out to me, probably because I have heard them on so many Glen records.



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Re: Glen Campbell's Mosrite Celebrity I

Post by jay » Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:05 am

MIke,
With the help of the internet, guitar forensics becomes pretty easy. Speaking of books...this chapter would have been incredible for guitar fans...Glen Campbell's Relationship With Semie Mosely. Sadly no one ever asked him about his Mosrite days. :-(

I think we would have found that Glen "may" have had a hand in the design of a couple of Mosrites...he had several immediately as they were released. Glen certainly was playing Mosrites exclusively and a LOT of them!

Glen had already been to Fender and requested that he be an artist sponsor. Denied. Had Semie not been all tied up in the Ventures contract, Glen was a shoo-in for Mosrite sponsership...especially with the TV show.

But along came Charlie Kaman, right place, right time...perfect storm for Glen and Ovation!



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Re: Glen Campbell's Mosrite Celebrity I

Post by Mike Joyce » Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:34 pm

Fantastic pics jay, I hadn't seen a couple of these shots. Wouldn't it be great to have a book of pictures which each chapter dedicated to each guitar Glen played, including the album covers. It would need an expert like yourself to edit it etc. That would be a great read.



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Glen Campbell's Other Mosrite Celebrity II

Post by jay » Thu Oct 15, 2020 5:28 pm

I had seen this picture over the years, but ignored it for some reason. It shows Glen playing a another Mosrite Celebrity, but red! And it is a Celebrity II, not a Celebrity 1.

Although they look similar, several differences stand out:

1. It does not have the matching guard around lower bout knobs
2. It has a pickup selector on the upper bottom bout.
3. The width of the body is slimmer thinline at 1 7/8" vs 2 3/4"

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Glen Campbell Playing a Red Mosrite Celebrity
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Re: Glen Campbell's Mosrite Celebrity I

Post by Bluebird » Sat May 30, 2020 9:54 pm

Here's another great picture of Glen with the Mosrite Celebrity I.
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Re: Glen Campbell's Mosrite Celebrity I

Post by jay » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:38 am

The more you look...the more this guitar shows up...

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Re: Glen Campbell's Mosrite Celebrity I

Post by jay » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:28 am

This was on Bill Mack's Facebook page. This Mosrite seems to show up from time to time, indicating that Glen probably transitioned to it from the Epiphone, for a hollow body. This is the best picture of the guitar (not Glen) where we see that he had his initials on the 12th fret. Another indication that Semie and Glen probably had a good relationship. Here is what Bill Mack had to say concerning this picture:
Here's a treasured "snap-shot" taken in the mid-'60s: Glen Campbell was nervously waiting to go on stage for a TV appearance at Panther Hall in Fort Worth, I was the emcee of the show. I did a bum job of snapping the picture because the director of the show was yelling for us to rush on stage, the theme was being played! I've often wished I could have had someone else "click" the camera and I could have joined Glen in the picture. I never had a picture made with this awesome, talented super-star.
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Re: Glen Campbell's Mosrite Celebrity I

Post by jay » Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:18 am

The only pictures of Glen Campbell's Mosrite Celebrity were in black and white. I happened to see a picture of Glen playing a Mosrite in Billstown, with his uncle, Boo Campbell. A little closer inspection showed it to be the one he had at HemisFair and in the studio. So now we know what color it was. Here is a framegrab from breautube's video Glen Campbell Talks With Robin Leach & Matt Lauer

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Glen Campbell's Mosrite Celebrity I

Post by jay » Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:36 pm

The black and white 1968 photograph, of Glen with his guitars by his pool, is a testament of how much Glen appreciated the stable of guitars that he owned at that time. A good portion of these guitars were Mosrite's.

In this picture, the fourth guitar from the end (r) is a Mosrite Celebrity I.
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In 1964 Semie Mosley (original creator and owner of Mosrite) decided Mosrite should offer a hollow body electric. He took a Framus body and created the Celebrity model. Soon after, he wanted a thicker bout version and created the Celebrity I (one). The Celebrity Glen had was probably produced around 1968. Glen's Californian was basically a Celebrity with a resonator.

Although there may be others...I have only come across one picture of Glen using his Celebrity.
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Glen Campbell with his Mosrite Celebrity 3
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