Univox guitar dating
Here is a typical selection of 1970’s Fender and Gibson copies.
These were all imported from Japan under different brand names. INSPIRED BY MOSRITE Here is a selection of Mosrite copies from the seventies, along with one original Mosrite.
Towards the end of the 1970’s, Fender and Gibson were loosing market share.
That is why we hear so much about the “Lawsuit ERA” guitars.
The guitar also had no pickguard, and it only had a single pickup in the bridge, identical to those fitted on a Univox Hi-Flier 3 guitar, and the chrome control plate from that same model.
This allows for a wide variety of tone setups because you can dial in as much or as little of each pickup you want. Somewhere along the way I decided to build my own Custom Mosrite Copy.
Also, based just on the looks of it, it seems that this guitar is just something Kurt picked up possibly even for free and worked on it himself until he made it playable.
He often appeared onstage with other models, including a sunburst left-handed Greco Mustang copy that he bought from Guitar Maniacs.
The Ventures were very popular in Japan and that is why so many Mosrite copies were made during the 1960’s and the 1970’s. Lastly is a fantastic Tokai Set Neck with the historic Sunburst Finish. The 70’s Tokai’s go for nearly the same price as a real Gibson these days. MORE MOSRITES A few years back I wrote up a piece about my pursuit for the perfect Mosrite copy.
Few of them, however, compare to the real thing as shown on the 1980’s guitar page. Scattered across the 1960’s through the 2002’s guitar pages you will find almost two dozen different attempts. On the left, a nearly perfect 1972 Mosrite Ventures Model. Next to that are a pair of Univox Hi-Flyers and a Silvertone Slider.