The inside of the Mosrite Celebrity is a fascinating place, to be sure. It gives you insight to the design and assembly methods used back when this guitar was built. I used a large, powerful flashlight covering one of the F holes and then lowered my iPhone into the opposite F hole. Any slim camera would accomplish the same task. Below are pictures from the inside of my Celebrity-III.
The first Mosrite guitar I ever heard was a Mosrite Celebrity. I was instantly smitten. There was a group of elderly gentlemen playing in the garage of my Uncle’s friend in San Pablo, California. He had taken me there to listen to these “old” guys. They were amazing, each and every one.
They were playing hollow bodied electrics, of which I’d never played. I recognized the Guilds and Gibsons. There was one guitar that I did not recognize. It looked different and it sounded different. I was very intrigued. I asked the man what it was and he told me it was a Mosrite Celebrity. I spent many years searching for one until I finally bought my Celebrity-III.
I had no idea there were so many Celebrity models until I began my research to truly understand this guitar. The very first Celebrities were designated “Archtop”. Over the years, employees of Mosrite continued to label some of the guitars as Archtop even though they may be one of the Celebrity models.
The Celebrity body shape was used for the Celebrity-I, Celebrity-II, Celebrity-III, Gospel Guitar, Mosrite Dobro, and Mosrite Acoustic (yet to be confirmed).
This was my first Mosrite Celebrity. It is a Celebrity-III and either a 1966 or 1967 model. It is very difficult to date a Mosrite guitar for many reasons. Pot codes and serial numbers will get you close.
Here we can see the neck coming into the pocket as well as the F hole binding on the treble side of the guitar. The screw coming through in front of the binding is the rear pickguard screw.
Here we have the neck coming into the neck pocket. In front of the end of the neck, at the roof, is the neck pickup. You will note the wires going from the bridge pickup to the neck pickup.
This is the support block that is directly under the bridge. The screws that hold the bridge plate onto the guitar go through the top of the bout into this block. It’s interesting to note that they took the time to drill a hole into this block and then thread a wire through it.
Here we see the three screws that hold the Moseley tremolo in place. The nearest screw, in the upper right corner of the image, is directly under the tremolo spring.
At the very rear of the guitar is another support block. In addition to supporting the rear of the bout it also offers a solid place for the guitar strap pin to screw into. Take note of the three holes.
In the image below, we see the outside where the strap pin is attached, and the two screws that join the two center rim pieces that create the depth of the bout.