Dana Moseley: Semie Moseley's daughter
Let me tell you a little about myself. I am the daughter of Semie and Virgie Moseley. When I was born my father (Semie Moseley) was a struggling guitar builder and he and my mother (Virgie Moseley) were evangelists. They were traveling from town to town singing a few songs, my mother would preach and my father would draw a picture about her sermon, then give that picture to the church in return for the offering. My mother would complain about the neck of her guitar was to big and hurt her fingers. So my father made her a guitar with a small low action neck. That is when the Mosrite neck was born.
As a child I would always run around the shop/factory. One day I decided I was going to help and took 80 grit sand paper to a rack of finished guitars. That is when my father decided to give me my own work bench, a place where I could sand guitars with out destroying finished products. I was 8 years old. I learned alot at that work bench. My father showed me the difference in sandpaper grit, brought me a sanded guitar body and gave me an unsanded guitar body and said "make it look like this one" and I did. My career at Mosrite had just begun. I started where everybody started at the Mosrite Guitar Factory; rough sanding. By the time I was 10 years old I graduated to wet sanding. Step by step I was learning the techniques of how to build a Mosrite guitar. I went to live with my father when I was 15 years old and started working full time at the Mosrite Guitar Factory at 16. From that time on my father and I built guitars together everywhere; Bakersfield, CA, Oklahoma City OK, Jonas Ridge, NC, and Booneville, AR. I did a little bit of everything; painting, assembly, wiring, fretting, building bridges, building vibramutes, you name it I did it, but my main job at all these places was building the pickups. I have been building pickups for Mosrite Guitars since 1973 and yes, I still build them today. My father told me that the pickups were the heart and soul of the Mosrite Guitar and that there were family secrets involved, those secrets are still safe with me. I had the best teacher in the world, Semie Moseley himself.
Mosrite Guitars has now come full circle. Mosrite is back in Bakersfield, CA where it should be. Being built by a true Moseley, as was intended. I am honored to re-create my fathers creations.