Mosrite Records

Mosrite Records

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Semie Moseley (June 13, 1935 – August 7, 1992) was a luthier, and the founder of Mosrite
He was born in Durant, Oklahoma in 1935. His family migrated to California along a path similar to many "Bakersfield Okies", first moving to Chandler, Arizona in 1938, and two years later in Bakersfield, California. Semie’s mother worked in a dry cleaner’s shop, his father with the Southern Pacific Railroad. In Bakersfield, Moseley started playing guitar in an evangelical group at age 13.Semie and his brother Andy experimented with guitars since teen-age years, refinishing instruments and building new necks.

Joe Maphis's Mosrite double-necked guitar. In 1954 Semie built a triple-neck guitar in his garage (the longest neck was a standard guitar, the second-longest neck an octave higher, the shortest was an eight-string mandolin). He presented a double-neck to Joe Maphis, a Los Angeles-area TV performer. By 1956, with an investment from Reverend Ray Boatright, a local Los Angeles minister, Semie and Andy started their company, Mosrite of California. Semie, who built guitars for the L.A.-based Rickenbacker company, said to his co-workers that he was making his own product, and he was fired by Rickenbacker.

When they began, their production was all custom, handmade guitars, built in garages, tin storage sheds, wherever the Moseleys could put equipment. In 1959, Andy moved to Nashville, Tennessee for a year to popularize the Mosrite name and sold a few to Grand Ole Opry entertainers, people, and to road musicians. Andy said: "And that’s how we kept the factory going at the time: custom guitars".[2]

He and Andy also got into the recording business by establishing Mosrite Records. They signed Barbara Mandrell, a teenage daughter of Irby Mandrell, an Oceanside, California music-store owner who sold Mosrite guitars.[2] They also signed guitarist Ronny Sessions and others. At the peak of production in 1968, Semie and his brother Andy, with their crew of 107 employees were making 1,000 Mosrite guitars per month which included acoustics, standard electrics, double-necks, triple-necks, basses, dobros, even mandolins.[2]

Mosrite of California went bankrupt in late 1968 after they contracted with a competitor to market their guitars. After this, they tried to deal directly with stores, and they sold 280 guitars in 1969 before they came to the shop one day and found their doors pad-locked.[2]

Two years after his bankruptcy, Semie was able to get back the Mosrite name, and in 1970 he started making guitars again in Pumpkin Center near Bakersfield. He moved his factory three times in the next 20 years, to Oklahoma City in the mid-70s, to the township of Jonas Ridge, in Burke County, North Carolina in 1981, and to Booneville, Arkansas in 1991.

Six months after moving to Arkansas, Semie Moseley became ill with bone cancer and six weeks later, in August 1992, he died. Semie's daughter, Dana, is also a luthier and continues to build Mosrite guitars.[5] She also helps kick off the monthly "Mosrite Jam" in Bakersfield.
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
84501 19681 Hitchin' A Ride  album cover Nokie Edwards Hitchin' A Ride(CD, Album) Mosrite Records 84501 19681 US 2009 Sell This Version
829017604021 Rebirth  album cover Various Rebirth(17xFile, FLAC, Album) Mosrite Records 829017604021 2014
CDK001 Return Of The Kamikazi  album cover Jiro Okabe Return Of The Kamikazi(CD, Album) Mosrite Records CDK001 US 2014 Sell This Version
M-110 It's Starting All Over Again / Tragic Romance  album cover Al Brumley It's Starting All Over Again / Tragic Romance(7", Single) Mosrite Records M-110 US 1966 Sell This Version
M-130 Queen Of Snob Hill  album cover Ronnie Sessions Queen Of Snob Hill(7") Mosrite Records M-130 US Unknown Sell This Version
M-150 Write Him A Letter/Send Me Your Love A.P.O.  album cover Joe & Rose Lee Maphis Write Him A Letter/Send Me Your Love A.P.O.(7") Mosrite Records M-150 US 1966 Sell This Version
M-160 Write Him A Letter/Send Me Your Love A.P.O.  album cover Joe & Rose Lee Maphis Write Him A Letter/Send Me Your Love A.P.O.(7") Mosrite Records M-160 US Unknown Sell This Version
M-170 Love Came Calling  album cover Louise Lovett Love Came Calling(7", Promo) Mosrite Records M-170 US 1966 Sell This Version
M-190 Queen For A Day / Alone In The Crowd  album cover Barbara Mandrell Queen For A Day / Alone In The Crowd(7") Mosrite Records M-190 US 1966 Sell This Version
M-210 Durango / Scotish Guitar  album cover Gene Moles Durango / Scotish Guitar (Single) M-210 US Unknown Sell This Version
M-240 Boil Them Cabbage Down / Roll Steel Roll  album cover Leo LeBlanc Boil Them Cabbage Down / Roll Steel Roll(7", Promo) Mosrite Records M-240 US 1966 Sell This Version
M-270 One More Time Around  album cover Eddie Dean One More Time Around M-270 US 1966 Sell This Version
M-290 Tunin' Up For The Blues  album cover Joe And Rose Lee Maphis* Tunin' Up For The Blues(7") Mosrite Records M-290 US 1967 Sell This Version
M-310 Country Girl Courtship  album cover Rose Lee Maphis / Joe Maphis Rose Lee Maphis / Joe Maphis - Country Girl Courtship M-310 US 1967 Sell This Version
M-504-L2 Marie Lester Mommie's Playing Santa Claus(7", Single, Promo, Cle) Mosrite Records M-504-L2 US 1987 Sell This Version
M - 1984 Queen For A Day  album cover Barbara Mandrell Queen For A Day(7", Single, Promo) Mosrite Records M - 1984 US 1966 Sell This Version
M543-852 Back Pockets  album cover Clayton Claxton Back Pockets(7", Promo) Mosrite Records M543-852 US 1985 Sell This Version
M-547-868 Patiently Waiting  album cover Mark Moseley Patiently Waiting(7", Promo) Mosrite Records M-547-868 US 1986 Sell This Version
M-547-881 We're Sure Making Love  album cover Mark Moseley We're Sure Making Love(7", Single, Promo) Mosrite Records M-547-881 US 1988 Sell This Version
M547-891 A Little Old Fashioned Love  album cover Mark Moseley & Marie Lester Mark Moseley & Marie Lester - A Little Old Fashioned Love(7", Single) Mosrite Records M547-891 US 1988 Sell This Version
MA-400 The New Sound Of Joe Maphis  album cover Joe Maphis The New Sound Of Joe Maphis(LP) Mosrite Records MA-400 US 1967 Sell This Version
MLP-100 Calvary Evangelistic Assembly Anniversary Album  album cover Calvary Evangelistic Assembly Calvary Evangelistic Assembly Anniversary Album(LP, Album) Mosrite Records MLP-100 US 1966 Sell This Version
MLP 549 First Time Out  album cover Mark Moseley First Time Out(LP) Mosrite Records MLP 549 US 1986 Sell This Version