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Monday, June 10, 2013

1980s Mosrite Axe Bass Gene Simmons KISS One-of-a-Kind w/Flightcase

via this auction
(more pics at the listing)

"Recall every listing you have ever read claiming to be the rarest Mosrite ever (even the ones I wrote). Now forget them. Prepare to have your minds blown.

This battle axe was forged in the fires of Mount Doom out of pure Unobtainium. OK, not literally (eBay disclaimer) but you get the idea.

Let's start with what we know:
This is a bass guitar. It has four strings. It is shaped like your run-of-the-mill, ye olde executioner's axe. It was handmade in Jonas Ridge, North Carolina, sometime between 1981 and 1983 by Semie Moseley with not much more than a leftover 1974 Ventures style bass neck, a big honkin' slab of figured maple, and a whole lot of moxie (possibly some gumption, too). It dwells in a ginormous Anvil flightcase.

What we don't know:
Based on the above facts, there are only two conclusions one can jump to: this Axe Bass was either 1) made for Gene Simmons, or 2) inspired by Gene Simmons.

Customized Mosrite guitars are rare, but Semie made plenty of them. Custom Mosrite basses are much scarcer. Custom Mosrite basses shaped like axes and made contemporary with Kramer's release of a signature Gene Simmons Axe Bass? With custom flightcases? I dare say this is the only one. Semie Moseley made an awful lot of one-of-a-kind instruments for famous people, but not every one hit the target. He made a pink acoustic guitar for Dolly Parton, but she never got it. He made a red, white and blue doubleneck guitar for President George Herbert Walker Bush, but he never saw it. So who was the intended target of this axey monstrosity? Can't say for sure, but they might call him Dr. Love..."

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