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Noirie.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:25 pm    Post subject: Aria Pro II Semi Reply with quote

This is for sale locally. Ain't tried it yet but thought it looked pretty cool.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a nice guitar but that finish is fucking honking.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah not sure what's going on there.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These were everywhere when I started playing I the early 90s.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always thought they looked kinda odd but I know these are quality.

Real hankering after a 335 type atm.

Wish I bought an old MIJ Epiphone Riviera when I had student loan Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had one, TA-60 I think.

Nice guitar, fully hollow, great deep sound.

Don't like that finish but that goes without saying.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd buy an Epiphone DOT instead, a couple decades from now when there are no rain forests, it'll be sought after too
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These will be great guitars at a price that's cheaper than they should be. With that finish, you should be getting an even better deal again.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^Gotta agree with what's been said above. Give that thing a refin and it's a keeper.

+1 for the Slowdive connection. <3 those guys (the last time I saw them, Neil was using an Epi Casino which is fully hollow too iirc).
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose I don't play out anymore, but I'm not even sure the finish would bother me. I think I'd rationalise it by knowing how good yet undesirable it was.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bacchus wrote:
I suppose I don't play out anymore, but I'm not even sure the finish would bother me. I think I'd rationalise it by knowing how good yet undesirable it was.


+1 ugly guitars are cool
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

McCormacks had one of these hanging on their wall right up till they shut

https://goo.gl/images/eUy5LW
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Up-close that finish will look like low-def printed arse.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What does it say on the headstock?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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McCormacks had one of these hanging on their wall right up till they shut

https://goo.gl/images/eUy5LW


Is it the quaint little village of Blan-tyre, or the rough arsed hamlet of blanter?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It says:

"Specially designed & approved by Aria Research & Development LAB. Original custom body Pat No. 555719"



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love an excuse to go off down Matsumoku rabbit holes:

http://guitarz.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/aria-pro-ii-titan-artist-semi.html



Quote:
As far as I am concerned, one of the best kept secrets in the guitar world is the Aria Pro II Titan Artist series from the 1980s and 1990s. They are absolutely superb guitars, and are my own guitar of choice. I have two, a 1990s Korean-made TA-40 with Welsh Dragon graphic, and an earlier 1980s Japanese Matsumoko-made TA-30 which is actually my main electric guitar. The Korean-made examples are very good guitars, but the Japanese Matsumoku-made Titan Artists definitely have the edge over them; the differences are subtle, but I feel, important to the overall quality of the guitar. Anyway, this is the subject for a future blog post, one that I will return to later.

This particular Aria Pro II TA guitar (I'm not quite sure of the exact designation - the binding and gold hardware would imply that it isn't the basic bolt-on neck TA-40 model; it's possibly a TA-60) is finished in a very dated 1980s "crackleburst". I'd quite forgotten about finishes like this. Didn't Washburn produce a similar "magma" finish? Whatever, it really is quite awful and doesn't do the guitar any favours.

This guitar is currently listed on eBay UK with bidding currently at £51. I'd expect a guitar like this to sell for up to £200. I personally wouldn't want to spend more for a Korean-made TA, but a Japanese example would be worth forking out more for.

G L Wilson

EDIT: Sold for £186.89 which seems fair enough but is in the region of the upper limits of what you'd want to spend on a Korean-made Aria TA.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't pay what they're asking for it though, rob. It's probably a good guitar, and that amount of money could almost certainly buy much worse, but these should be bargains. Shop around and I'm sure you'll find one at £200 if you're patient.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can pick up Korean TA-50's for around £190.

Might not look as cool as an Epiphone Dot but superior sound in my experience. The lack of a centre block really makes a difference imo.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gusman2x wrote:
dezb1 wrote:
McCormacks had one of these hanging on their wall right up till they shut

https://goo.gl/images/eUy5LW


Is it the quaint little village of Blan-tyre, or the rough arsed hamlet of blanter?



Did you but it as the lusting is now gone?
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