This article needs additional citations for. For me, it is just about the perfect neck on an archtop guitar. Your guitar date depends on three things: 1. Some like more, some like less. I have come to own an Aria solid body guitar. © 2006-2015 All rights reserved. A little dusty in the pics.
This machine-cut yet hand-worked process offered improved profit margins at lower unit prices and yielded high quality instruments with unique character. I have had this Aria for a long time. Mine has a different headstock. I bought my guitar new from a music shop between 1970 to 1972, it may be older as it could have been displayed in the window for some length of time before I purchased it, with a serial number 147 and model number A-880. Several of Matsumoku's early archtop guitars survive, most owing their basic designs to , , and. Those that did survive were put in cheap cardboard cases, and stuffed in peoples closets.
Some top line and special edition guitars are still manufactured in Japan, however, most Aria guitars are now produced in Korea and China. I hate maths, so I'll let you decypher their system. The pots on this guitar all seem to have a point of resistance to turning at about 2. Determine whether your guitar's first two digits are 81 or higher. At the time, Guyatone was one of Japan's leading musical instrument manufacturers.
On this page the guitar is claimed to be a 1997, with a serial number of S97056473: All that is well and good, and seems rather straight-forward. This is a very heavy guitar. Arai and Company guitars were briefly labeled Arai, and then switched to the familiar Aria around 1966. If you cannot locate a serial number, chances are your guitar was manufactured before the mid-1970s. Throughout its 22-year business relationship, Aria remained Matsumoku's principal client. Matsumoku put their best effort into that guitar. I couldn't bear to do that myself to a vintage instrument, but I'd be more than happy to take advantage of somebody else's mistake, lol.
You guys are giving me the impression that I could adjust the truss rod on the Aria so that it's not maxed out, put higher gauge strings on it which I don't really want to do, just theoretically , and go from there. The bolt-ons are worth what anyones willing to pay for it and right now real nice guitars are all going alot cheeper than they were 1 year ago. Great This product shows little signs of use and all controls are completely functional. The only blemishes were that the gassing out of the pickguard put a green crud on the pickups, which otherwise sound quite nice. Also, if that max point is at 5, you have a linear pot, if its is 6 to 7, it is a log pot.
As a result of this discussion, or of having come to this thread when I tried to find out definitively what Aria guitar I own, I played the Aria for the first time in a few months. Upon its introduction in 1964, the Casino was a strong seller with rock guitarists, but sales stalled in the late 1960s. I play the Aria often. However most were, maple bodies. I've only seen catalog photos.
Hi, I have recently aquired an Aria Pro Cardinal Semi-acoustic guitar. Early Matsumoku made Epiphone archtops and hollow-body basses had four-point bolt on necks. I doubt I'll prefer it to my Gibson Herb Ellis, the reigning head over my household of arch tops, but I think this one might become the wise old grandfather. If the neck isn't straight, why is it perfectly in tune, at least as good as any of my five other guitars?. Has a hint of jazz to it! Here is a bit of information I found while searching for information about my Aria Ariana A570 Classical Guitar, which you Aria owners may find beneficial. Good This product is completely functional and shows some signs of use.
I later bought a Martin Hard Shell case that fits the guitar perfectly. Their low end guitars were a good bang for the buck and played better than most cheap guitars of that era. All knobs at max, select one pickup, measure resistance. It may have minor surface scratches. They are no reproduction or replacement parts anywhere.
These guitars have much better hardware. There are lots of gypsy jazz guys. Gibson decided to remarket it toward jazz players and changed the tailpiece to one from a Riviera, and the pickups to mini-humbuckers. Now, oddly the one I saw, the trem was completely stuck. The production run was from 1978 to 1981.