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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by dickey, Dec 12, 2019.

  1. dickey

    dickey Tele-Afflicted

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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. 069.JPG
     
  2. beyer160

    beyer160 Friend of Leo's

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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!
     
  3. dickey

    dickey Tele-Afflicted

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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.
     
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    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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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. ;>)
     
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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.
     
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    DougM Friend of Leo's

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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
     
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    uriah1 Telefied Gold Supporter

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    beyer160 Friend of Leo's

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    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?
     
  9. brookdalebill

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    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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