I played it for a few months, did some recordings and gigs with it, and now it's in the shop for a proper setup and nut work. The volume knob does not work and the pot for it is a 250k. Just a fantastic guitar and top-quality build. Channel Saddle screws with a slice of rosewood for the truss-rod. Aria found some high profile endorsers, including Jack Bruce and John Taylor, which gave them instant credibility. Thanks to the generosity of talkbass member MrHeadfirst, I have a fantastic gold bridge for it, and I have been able to play this beast.
Back to the question at hand. The Matsumoku Company were the General Motors of Guitars. I have not been there in a long time, but the owner used to be the Aria manufactures rep for the San Francisco Bay Area back then. The neck has a long tenon joint, which is a big deal for some people and partly why I wanted this particular one. The neck is secured using the usual 4 bottom screws, plus 2 top mount screws under the front pickup. This is a very heavy guitar.
© 2006-2016 All rights reserved. They used the best woods in the world like Koa and Curly Maple, coupled with the most expensive hardware and pickups available on the market. There are no pot codes. As for the pups and hardware, you can always upgrade them over time if they're no good. But do check those frets. Light, affordable, Pickups are pretty good, the neck isnt very wide The points at where the strap screws hook in are pretty thin, and the wood seems to be kinda soft though nothing major. I like how the guitar feels; I have no regrets.
To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. Over the years the Urchin U100 has proven to be pretty good guitar. Many people have never heard of the U100 and very few people have seen or played one. Knew those Japan built early models would become collectible sooner or later! Still can't work our mosrite brand - it's got mahogany neck and a 1 piece ash or alder body. They are truly amazing basses. I think everyone should find something. I did some work on the rs and it has a invader pickup it sounds and plays easy and bright.
They even have pearloid inlay inside the S-Holes. They really have that special tone. It's like a Rickenbacker with more balls. Same as yours mate, a friend of mine brought it round to plug it into my amp about 7 years ago, it didn't work so just left it here, I decided to have a look at it around 18 months back after finding it in my loft covered in dust, the switch just needed replacing so I did it and took it back round for him. Free from blemishes, scratches, and user wear. I will add, however, that since Aria moved its factory to Korea, the quality has has gone down hill a little.
My first electric that wasn't a toy back in the early 80s. Their hardware was never great. The move happened in the late '80s after Matsumoku, the company that made Aria guitars along with Westone, Epiphone, Vantage, Electra and several other brands went under due to the bankruptcy of its parent company, Singer - yes, the sewing machine people. You may have to before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. It's not the most versatile of basses. I will agree about the paint its terrible.
To contact the forum owner hit the Contact Us link. The name 'Aria' was chosen both for its musical significance and because it's an anagram of the name of Shiro Arai Company's founder. After a little elbow grease, some old Tim-buckers I had around and new pots it sounded great. I've considered swapping out the electronics for something more useful 3 band eq. Its bridge though is a bit similar to a Floyd Rose locking tremolo bridge, minus the locks. It sounds just like the bass on Duran Duran's Rio.
One from 1981 might begin with 1. The string spacing is a mere 16mm. I have four, I care! It has a great acoustic sound, and with halfway decent pickups, it sounds really good plugged in. But against the big flaw in this one, are acute. Paint has chipped quite a bit. Note that Shiro Arai Company, the parent company of Aria guitars, doesn't actually make guitars.
If they're Gold finish and you want to get rid of them let me know. I've looked for pics on the web but haven't found any. . I have upgraded the tuning machines and am about to put in a Bartollini passive soap bar - all electronics moving outside the bass. I think the factory move happened around mid 2000. I remember it clearly because it was the day I got my wisdom teeth out.
These were made in Japan and very high quality. It gives her a fat and not very clear. I just got one of these in a trade. The Les Paul also has a great finish. I don't remember his name, but I'm sure he could tell you a lot. It had an Alembic kind of feel to me, and that's what I attributed it to.