Double Your Pleasure With These Two Doublenecks
December 16, 2009
A 1964 Mosrite Ventures Series Mark XVIII, No. 105 and a 1977 Rickenbacker 362/12
What better way to celebrate the doubleneck guitar than presenting two of them side by side? Well… nothing!
The first beauty is a 1964 Mosrite Ventures Series Mark XVIII, No. 105. Mosrite was founded by Semie Moseley and his financial partner, Rev. Ray Boatright, around 1952 after Moseley had apprenticed with both Rickenbacker and Paul Bigsby. While the company produced many single-neck model guitars, they are perhaps best known for the doubleneck built for and used by Joe “King of the Strings” Maphis. This gorgeous example from 1964 features a 12-string neck on top, with one single-coil pickup in the neck position. The bottom neck is the standard 6-string, with a slanted single-coil pickup in the neck position and another single-coil in the bridge position. The 6-string neck also features a string dampener between the bridge pickup and the bridge, and a vibrato/tremolo tailpiece. You’ll also notice that both headstocks and necks, and the body, are all bound to accent the guitar’s very elegant outline.
The second doubleneck is a beautiful 1977 Rickenbacker 362/12 in Mapleglo finish. The Beatles brought the Rickenbacker line of guitars to prominence in the 1960s, but the luster faded when the Fab Four rode off into the sunset in the early 1970s. Bands like Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and R.E.M., however, brought the brand roaring back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and both 6- and 12-string models were the norm. Rickenbacker introduced its first doubleneck model in 1975, and both guitarists and bassists like Genesis’ Mike Rutherford and Rush’s Geddy Lee were routinely seen playing their dualnecked Rics. Lee’s doubleneck of choicewas a 4080 bass/6-string model, but the semi-hollow 362/12 seen here is a much rarer model. Controls on the 362/12 include two 3-way pickup selectors, a Volume and Tone control for each neck and a blend knob for the stereo output. The stunning Mapleglo finish is considered one of the company’s signature finishes, and is still available today on several models.
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