SN:  2J-232


No faking on this one.  Why buy a “new” guitar “faked” to be old when you can buy an honest and truly well played iconic vintage guitar that has significant historical credibility that will only increase in value?


(Note:  Jimi Hendrix had an almost identical guitar to this one (serial # 2J 158) which he used to record "Spanish Castle Magic" on Axis: Bold as Love in 1967.

As with all MOSRITE series guitars of the 1960’s, this is a fast playing guitar and one of the coolest looking styles of all guitars of that time and any time.

I have designated this as a “WELL HELD” guitar.  I own several of these in my collection.  The necks and fret boards show very little wear (look at photos) whereas the body shows a lot of cosmetic wear with a large area on the back showing button wear.  Supposedly this guitar came directly from a performer (as opposed to player) in Nashville during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s who wore the C&W uniform of a show coat with lots of buttons.  Also the rest of the body shows lots of nicks, dings, dents, faded paint, et al that shows it being “held” a lot.

Its cosmetic condition is “ultra relic cool”.  I am a big fan of all original “worn” guitars of the 1950’s/60’s because they are honest guitars.  They look worn because they have been played a lot. 




Making a new guitar look old-on purpose-just seems so odd to me.  If you want an old guitar-buy an original old guitar.  Anything else is a fake.

But this guitar is not worn out, it is worn in.  It seems to be one of those “real player” guitars that is “just right”.  It fits your hands as soon as you pick it up and then it starts almost playing itself.  It fits the cliché of being “naturally fitted” to the player.

If you are looking for a pristine Mosrite, this is not it.

If you are looking for Mosrite with Mojo, this is it.

The electronics and hardware on this guitar work great.

1965 Mosrite Joe Maphis Model Double-Neck 6/12 String.

Details of this guitar:

DOM:  1965

SN:  2J232

COLOR:  Rare Metallic Blue (an option for this guitar-not a standard color).

TWO NECKS:  12 string in Upper Position.  6 string in Lower Position. 12 up/6 down.

WEIGHT:  12 lbs.

CONTROLS:  One Volume and One Tone, 3 way pup selector switch on 6 string, 3 way neck selector, and 3 way pup selector switch for 12 string (switch on upper bout horn).

PICK GUARDS: High quality thick 3 ply “pick guards”:  Main pickguard on lower bout with V/T knobs, Two Switches, and Input Jack.  Small piece between two upper pickups.  Small piece on upper bout “bass horn” with flip switch.  White in color aged to beautiful Cream  (3 ply White/Black/White).

BODY:  Three piece MAPLE solid body with signature “German Carve”.  The top of the guitar is 14 ¾ “ wide (approx.) and 1 ¾” thick and has graceful scallop layered edging.

BODY FINISH:  Beautiful deep Metallic Blue. (Look at notes below on condition.)

NECKS WOOD:  Maple.  Two piece.

NUT WIDTHS:  6 string is approx. 1 5/8”.  12 string is approx. 1 11/16”.

SCALE:  24 ¾” Each Neck.

FRET BOARDS:  Brazilian Rosewood.

FRETS:  Both have 22 frets plus a zero fret.

FRET SIZE:  Small and flat.  Makes neck playing extremely fast.

NECKs are bound.

HEADSTOCK DECALS:  “MOSRITE of California” on both with “Joe Maphis” on six string.


HEADSTOCK SHAPE:  Both have the “Gumby” style cutouts at the top of each.

TUNERS:  Kluson Deluxe with Metal buttons.

PICKUPS:  Both have two each Mosrite Single Coil pickups with black plastic covers with “Mosrite of California” on each in raised letters.  Neck pickups are both slanted.


On 12 string, Mosrite compensated bridge with individual adjustable pole saddles with Rosewood and aluminum stop tailpiece.

On 6 string, Mosrite compensated bridge with individual adjustable pole saddles with Chrome Plated die-cast MOSELY Vibrato.

OHSC:  In fair condition missing a hinge and handle. Red plush lining.

For buyers outside the continental USA, please ask for shipping quote before buying this item.  Thank you.


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The guarantee.

1.              The guitar is in FAIR RELIC  cosmetic condition and is as described in this ad. 

2.             The guitar is in fully operational condition.

3.             Buyer has 48 hrs. to inspect the guitar or have it inspected.  Any defects, damage, misrepresentations or other problems must be reported within that time period in writing to the Seller.

4.             In the case of damage during shipment, Buyer shall immediately inform seller of such damage and will maintain all original packing materials and box for inspection by the transportation company.

5.             If other problems are discovered, Seller will either arrange for repair etc. at a location near the Buyer or request that the Buyer return the guitar to the Seller (Seller will reimburse Buyer for cost of shipment of guitar back to Seller).

6.             Seller will correct indicated problems and ship the guitar back to the Buyer within 7 days of receiving it.

7.             In the event that the guitar cannot be repaired or replaced with a similar item from Seller’s inventory, the Seller will give the Buyer Credit toward current or future purchases from inventory of Seller.

8.             No refunds or returns for Buyer Remorse or Buyer Mind Changing. 

9.             If there are any undisclosed physical attributes of this guitar that will prevent buyer from playing it successfully, e.g., neck to wide to be played with arthritic hands, guitar too heavy to be played due to back, shoulder, etc. problems , then we will, upon return of the guitar, issue a Credit Memo to Buyer in the amount paid for the guitar plus the cost of shipment paid by the Buyer against the future purchase of a guitar from us


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Listed10 years ago
ConditionFair (Used)
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  • Joe Maphis Mark XVIII
  • Blue Metallic
  • 1965
Made In
  • United States
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Color Family
  • Brown
Pickup Configuration
  • SS
Body Shape
  • Double Cutaway
Number of Strings
  • 12-String
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Finish Pattern
  • Sunburst
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Offset Body
  • Yes
Neck Construction
  • Bolt-On
Number of Frets
  • 22

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