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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:02 pm    Post subject: Help identifying old Aria guitar... Reply with quote

Anybody familiar with old Japanese guitars have info on this Aria double cut model?



I've searched high and low and can't find another one like this...it's not a pro II so I assume it was early 70s? Also I can't find any Matsumoku made instrument with that type of headstock. It kinda looks Ibanezish but can't say for certain.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dunno. it looks badass though.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mages wrote:
I dunno. it looks badass though.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats what I was thinking...guy selling it wants 700 bones which seems high to me. But the fact that I can't find another one like it anywhere makes me wonder if it might be worth it...
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My friend has one exactly like that. Weighs an absolute tonne, the pickups were a bit bland but it was a solid guitar.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

$700 seems somewhat steep to me, though it is lovely.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems high, but old Arias are Matsumoko-made so it's probably really, really good.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My buddy Kelly had an Aria pro II back in the late 70's early 80's. As I recall it was well made, but can't recall how it played. Here's an Aria LP version on ebay with the vine enlay in the fret board:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Aria-Pro-II-Custom-PE-120-LP-style-Ivy-Inlay-/200792601938?pt=Guitar&hash=item2ec02bf552
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gabriel wrote:
My friend has one exactly like that. Weighs an absolute tonne, the pickups were a bit bland but it was a solid guitar.


Interesting...any other info on it in terms of when it was made?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe it's just the binding, but the neck on that thing looks MASSIVE. My fretting hand hurts just looking at it. It's a beauty, though.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PE 145

http://www.matsumoku.org/models/ariaproii/catalogs/77_pe_a/77_pe_a_pg3.jpg.html
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice thanks! only difference here is the lack of "Pro II" on the headstock.

The folks over at the Matsumoku forums think it could have been made right before the Pro II line was launched.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got a Matsumoko-made Aria Pro II Knight Warrior. Solid guitar, but sounded kinda "dead"- the clean sound was pretty bland. Used to love the neck though. Pic:

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