Tuesday, May 21, 2019

1968 Mosrite / Bill Gruggett Semi-Hollow electric in Santa Barbara for $550

Here is a rare bird. A Mosrite branded Semi-Hollow built by Bill Gruggett in Bakersfield CA in 1968.  Bill teamed up with Semie Mosely on and off from the mid 1960's to the mid 1970's, 

This guitar sports the telltale slanted Neck pickup that Bill placed on some of the Hallmark guitars he designed in later years.  The body on this is a sort of 335-ish with a bolt on neck.  The shape looks more like a Japanese made Mosrite "Avenger" than the more common Mosrite "Celebrity" hollow body electric.  And that Tunematic style bridge is very "un-Mosrite." So who knows what this really is.  If Bill Gruggett did build this he may have cobbled it from various leftover spare parts - which he was known to do in his shop in Bakersfield.   

Definitely not one of Bill's highly figured bodies or more eccentric designs like the "Stradette." 

Expect the neck on this to have small low frets like all Mosrite guitars.  No idea about those Humbucker looking pickups.  This one will have to be played to be assessed properly.

 Mosrite Hollow Body Electric Guitar 1968 - $550 hide this posting

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Mosrite Hollow Body Guitar 1968/69
Really cool vintage guitar
Brazilian Rosewood fretboard
Electronics work well
Made in Bakersfield by Bill Gruggett while working at Mosrite
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