Japan’s ARIA corporation stopped making Gibson and Fender replicas around 1979 and concentrated on developing their own range of guitars.
The PE series is the top-of-the-line ARIA Pro-II model. It has a patented heel-less neck joint and features a beautiful carved top, plus a most unusual & excellent carved back, and an ebony fingerboard with beautiful cloud inlays.
ARIA-Pro II is still producing the PE series which is testament to their enduring good design and popularity.
This Aria Pro II PE-R80 was built at the famous Matsumoku Factory, Japan in 1981. By the late seventies Matsumoku was making some absolutely superb guitars and before closing in 1987 they made some of the greatest guitars on the planet.
Body: Maple Arched Top and Back, Mahogany Centre
Neck: Maple, Set-Neck, Heel-Less Cutaway, 14 Degree Headstock
Number of Frets: 22
Scale Length: 628mm (24-3/4”)
Pickups: Original Classic Power Humbucking x 2
Controls: Volume x 2, Tone x 2, Coil Tap x 2, 3 way PU Selector
Tailpiece: Aria Original SPT Bridge and QH Tailpiece
Finish: SR (See-Through Red)
This is well crafted instrument using quality components and a high level of Japanese craftsmanship. It is balanced and comfortable with a big fat humbucking LP type output that can be coil tapped to produce more jangly, almost Fender style tones.
It has been very well looked after and presents in fine condition. It was bought by the current owner direct from its original Japanese owner.
There are some minor marks and faint scratches here and there but nothing too bad. There is some light tarnishing of the metal parts which adds to the character of this 38 year old instrument. The neck is straight, truss rod works perfectly, frets are in great shape and tuners are solid.
It is in completely original condition, with no changes, modifications or repairs, and no issues. Aria sold a great many of this model because they are well designed, well built and have stood the test of time as an affordable but top quality LP style guitar with tons of tone and great versatility.
Comes with a later hard shell case in good condition.