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(3) How Semie grew up ~His job in the guitar factory and the birth of Mosrite~
(1)How Mosrite guitar started
This episode of Mosrite was written by Semie and Loretta in approximately 1990. They often kept journals in order to keep up to date with current happenings.
The family continued living in Bakersfield, with the boys going to school there until Semie was thirteen. At that time, Semie and his older brother who was fifteen, left school to travel with an Evangelist music group to play their guitars. While traveling with the Evangelist music group, the brothers picked cotton to help pay expenses.
In the next three or four years, Semie discovered that he could not make an adequate living by playing the guitar in the music ministry, so he began looking for work. Since he couldn't play for a living, perhaps he could find employment in a guitar factory. Semie did find employment with the Rickenbacker guitar company in Los Angeles and worked there for approximately two years. While he was there he implemented a number of his own designs, many of which they still use. Semie started his own “factory,” with the encouragement and financial advancement of $20.00 from his good friend and mentor, Raymond L. Boatright, who was a minister in music and word. This is the origin of the trademark name “Mosrite.” Moseley and Boatright in short, Mos & Right.
On June 13th, 1935, Semie Moseley was born in Durant, Oklahoma. His father John and his mother Irene worked in the cotton patches there, and the family lived in a small house with dirt floors. Semie and his older brother Andy rode to school in a covered wagon and helped pick cotton on occasion.
When Semie was six years old, the family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where his father worked for the railroad.
After working in Phoenix, his father decided to move to Bakersfield, California. Semie's father continued working for the railroad company in the Bakersfield area. In order to help with finances, Semie's mother went to work in a day cleaning establishment. At about this same time, the two boys started taking guitar lessons. Thus began Semie's lifetime interest in guitars. Semie began his lessons on a Rickenbacker steel guitar then moved on to an acoustic guitar, which he later converted to an electric guitar by adding pickups by de Armen.
Mosrite was born in the early 1950's out of Semie Moseley's personal need for a better guitar. Unable to find this better guitar, he began customizing the one he was playing. When playing the guitar as a professional proved to be unrewarding financially, Semie found himself in the need of a paying job. He wanted to stay close to the instruments he loved so much, so he sought employment building guitars. This job search led him to Rickenbacker Guitar Company. The company was at that time, headed by Paul Barth. It was at Rickenbacker's that Semie met Roger Rossmeisl, who was a great master guitar builder from Germany. Semie credits and thanks Paul Barth and Roger Rossmeisl and the Rickenbacker Guitar Company for his beginning knowledge, which through divine providence, gave birth to the legendary and world famous MOSRITE GUITARS.
(2) How Semie grew up ~How he developed an interest in guitars~