Aria Pro Experts: Can you ID this bass for me?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassgod76, Dec 13, 2012.


  1. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    See below. Is it an SB-1000?
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  2. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money... Supporting Member

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    Sure looks like an SB-1000. I'd put it anywhere between 1977-1983.
  3. Immigrant

    Immigrant

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    I take it you were unable to find anything on the link to the rather comprehensive website that I posted for you in the Aria Pro II thread?
  4. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    I never saw that link. Can you send me that link? I apologize for my ignorance. :(
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  6. RWP

    RWP

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    Looks like a SB-1000 to me too. I have owned one over 30 years, great bass. They do have issues with the pickup though.

    Here is some info I collected.


    http://www.matsumoku.org/models/ariaproii/bass/sb/sb.html

    Note: SB = "Super Bass" for those who are interested.

    Make: Aria
    Manufactured by: Matsumoku, Japan
    Year of Munfacture: c1980/1
    Model: SB-1000


    Body: Super-balanced Canadian Ash
    Finish: Oak
    Neck: 5 ply Maple/Walnut Transmit (Thru-) type with Heeless Cutaway. Aria's catalogue states: "Contoured as a Heel-less on the back of the transmit neck of the SB series. This Heel-less cutaway allows easy fingering up to the 24th fret."
    Scale: 860mm
    Fingerboard: Jacaranda Ebony
    Fret Inlays: Mother of Pearl (Flush)
    Fret Qty.: 24
    Bridge-tailpiece: Brass. Aria's catalogue states: "Sturdy manufactured die-cast bridge. Our Quick-Hook system provides quick string replacement."
    Nut: Brass
    Machine-heads: Die-cast (Schaller Type)
    Pickup: MB-1E Double-Coil with Active Noise Killer Circuitry
    Controls:
    Volume
    Tone
    Coil-tap (BB circuit bypass) Switch
    6-position Rotary Attack Mode Selector (Mellow -> Bright) with dot position marker
    LED Battery Indicator
    Recessed Output Jack
  7. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    I assume the coil tap switch makes it single coil? It is now in my house. I paid 200, yes 200! I have wanted a SB forever! How do you find it's manf date?
  8. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    Did they ever make the SB1000 in fretless? Mine is lined fretless. Not sure if it was done at the factory. By the looks of the fretboard, I'd say it was done after the fact. The height of the brass nut and tiny chips next to the fret markers is a dead giveaway.

    Got her last night.
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  9. Immigrant

    Immigrant

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    That's nice! And a good price!

    Re-string that thing! I hope that's how it showed up and the pictures aren't post-restringing.

    The link posted by RWP is part of the website I was pointing you to.

    It was de-fretted. I'm pretty sure there were no fretless SBs standard.
  10. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    I haven't done anything to it, yet.

    I'm looking into getting it refretted.

    She has a 7 digit serial number and it starts with 5, so I assume it's a 1985 model.

    I can't believe I own one of my 4 1980's dream basses! 1 down, 3 to go!
  11. Rip Topaz

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    What's up with the E string saddle?

    She's a real looker. I had an Aria way back in the 80's and loved it.
  12. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    I don't know. I literally messed with it for a few minutes, last night.

    I think the refret will cost me a few bucks, but it's still cheaper than what I've seen them for.

    The case that came with it... The factory Aria cases are crappy cardboard ones? I'm not sure if this is the original case. It sure looks like it is.

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