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dickey

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Most who know me know I am a Mosrite freak; I am in LOVE with my original '65 Ventures Mark I Mosrite. But, I am always afraid to take it on a gig; I mean if I somehow bang the headstock & bend a tuning key, where am I gonna get a replacement. Mosrite parts are NOT easy to come by.
Anyway, I just picked up this Hallmark Classic 60. It is an identical repro of the '64 sidejack Mosrite but without the sidejack; sounds almost as good, plays like you wouldn't believe, and now I don't hafta take my precious Mosrite on the gig anymore. I am firmly convinced that Bob Shade, owner of Hallmark guitars, makes the absolute best guitars on the planet. The fit & finish is second to none,actually a much better guitar than my Mosrite, and they play & sound like nothing else. Why they are not more popular I'll never know.
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beyer160

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I've been eyeballing these for a while. The reason I've never pulled the trigger is that I've never seen one in person, so I have no idea if I'll dig it or not. I mean, I've played enough Telecasters by now that I get the general idea of them so I'm not buying a pig in a poke if I buy one online, sight unseen. I passed up a couple of used ones in the last couple of years for that reason, and always wonder if I screwed up (used Hallmarks are as rare as hen's teeth).

Glad you dig yours!
 

dickey

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I've been eyeballing these for a while. The reason I've never pulled the trigger is that I've never seen one in person, so I have no idea if I'll dig it or not. I mean, I've played enough Telecasters by now that I get the general idea of them so I'm not buying a pig in a poke if I buy one online, sight unseen. I passed up a couple of used ones in the last couple of years for that reason, and always wonder if I screwed up (used Hallmarks are as rare as hen's teeth).

Glad you dig yours!
Dunno where you live, but if it's anywhere near west central Florida, you're welcome to come over & try mine. They are phenomenal guitars, and the ONLY guitars I've seen come set up perfectly from the factory. This is my 2nd one; hadda sell my first one (MOAM model) to pay for dental work.
 

rze99

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Congratulations!

Looks like great example. I can tell how happy you are. To me they still look like someone messed up the specs for a laugh but what do I know. ;>)
 

TeleRooo

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I'm from the Northwest and got to play them a lot, they were available up here all the time. Even the Matisse Cross guitars. Of course this was back in the mid to late 60's when I was a kid in garage bands. The Ventures were a big influence in early NW Rock even before the Beatles.
 

DougM

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We used to get some Mosrites in at the store where I worked, and the manager, who was a total 60s guitar fanatic, said "There are two kinds of Mosrite people, those that like them, and those that have played one". I guess he belonged to the latter group, lol
 

beyer160

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Dunno where you live, but if it's anywhere near west central Florida, you're welcome to come over & try mine. They are phenomenal guitars, and the ONLY guitars I've seen come set up perfectly from the factory. This is my 2nd one; hadda sell my first one (MOAM model) to pay for dental work.

I'm not in your neck of the woods, but thank you very much for your incredibly kind offer. One question, though- I've played some original Mosrites, and the necks were very much on the skinny side- I've heard the Hallmarks are more "modern" in that regard, do you find that to be true?
 

brookdalebill

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We used to get some Mosrites in at the store where I worked, and the manager, who was a total 60s guitar fanatic, said "There are two kinds of Mosrite people, those that like them, and those that have played one". I guess he belonged to the latter group, lol

Amen!
Stupid looking, playing and sounding guitars made and marketed by an unscrupulous guy.
What more couldn’t you ask for?
 




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