This Aria Pro II RS-X70 was built at the Matsumoku manufacturing plant in 1980.
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.
Both the Matsumoku and Fujigen factories made high quality guitars and basses with laminated high quality timber bodies and through neck construction which was very expensive and time consuming.
By the mid to late seventies these types of guitars were influencing many manufacturers and Japan was there at the forefront of these influences.
This model differs in shape from the Aria Tri Sound (TS) models, and there is some serious electronic firepower in the pickups & controls on board.
- Model: Aria Pro II RS X70
- Year: 1980
- Manufacture: Japan
- Scale Length: 24.75″
- Nut Width: 1 11/16″
- Weight: 8.2 lbs
- Finish Colour: See Through Red
- Pickup/Control Layout: Two MMK 53 Matsumoku Humbuckers, X-Tronics-1 Circuit, Master Volume, Master Tone, Boost Level Control, Over Boost Level Control, Dual Sound Switches, 3-Way Pickup Switch, Boost Mode Rotary Switch
- Neck: 5-Piece Maple/Walnut
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Bridge: Aria Original SPT Bridge and QH Tailpiece
- Features: 24 Frets, Gold and Chrome Hardware, Aria Pro II Tuners
This guitar carries two preamps in it. The chrome topped knob with the dots next to it is a three-way switch that selects which mode of boost you want. Position one is regular output. Position two offers a big boost and more saturation, and then position three offers even more boost and mega saturation if you want it.
The series/parallel switches work very well as does the phase switch. The pots are good quality and they all work nicely with a smooth taper. The frets are in good condition with some wear on the lower areas, but nothing that a fret dress wouldn’t cure. The action is set fast & low with absolutely no fret buzz. The nut is brass, and the tuners are solid.
The body with neck through construction is a beautiful piece of work. This one is in See Through Red is quite stunning & shows off its grain perfectly.
It is a very playable and super versatile guitar, somewhat approaching Alembic-like specs without the serious price tag. The onboard extras are well thought out and very useable. And, amazingly, the circuits are all intact and working as they should.
Comes in a basic gig bag in good condition.