• Country Music Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2276

    Country Music Sale

    3 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 98

    HANK THOMPSON

    M0SRITE, A SOLID-BODY ELECTRIC GUITAR, JOE MAPHIS MARK I, BAKERSFIELD, CA, CIRCA 1968

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    HANK THOMPSON
    M0SRITE, A SOLID-BODY ELECTRIC GUITAR, JOE MAPHIS MARK I, BAKERSFIELD, CA, CIRCA 1968
    The headstock bearing the logo M mosrite of California and Joe Maphis model I, the fingerboard bearing the serial number DD23 53 14, the pickguard bears the name Hank Thompson, the neck plate inscribed C2/L-19 Thompson, length of body: 18 in. (45.7 cm) with later case (2)


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    Hank Thompson, like many country performers, held the guitar wizardry of Joe Maphis in high regard. Both Thompson and Maphis played guitars that had been re-necked by Paul A. Bigsby. With Maphis based in Bakersfield and Thompson in Texas their paths would have crossed in their touring circuits.
    Semie Mosrite began his career making double neck guitars for Maphis as well as his protege Larry Collins. He followed this with making instruments for the California band The Ventures which increased his exposure as a guitar manufacturer in the 1960's.