Aria Pro II SB-1000 Restoration

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Alembic83, Nov 30, 2013.


  1. Alembic83

    Alembic83 Supporting Member

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    Hello all, I've sent my SB-1000 for a restoration to a luthier in Korea. I thought I'd start a thread to document the progress. I wish I was able to do all the work myself but I decided to take it a pro (MD Custom Shop in Seoul).

    Here's the story on the bass. It's a 1983 Aria Pro II SB-1000 that came to me in wretched condition. The neck was warped and basically unplayable and the electronics and original pickup were long gone. Worst of all, someone decided to route the body to accommodate P/J pickups.

    So I decided to have it re-fretted and refinished in black. Here are some before pictures:
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    And here are the first batch of progress pictures. The bass has been de-fretted, the finish stripped, and the rogue P/J routing has been filled.
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    I will of course post updates as they become available!

    Thanks!
  2. Luthier Atlanta

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    Watching this...
  3. Hopkins

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    I believe I would either spray that a solid color to hide the repairs.
  4. Alembic83

    Alembic83 Supporting Member

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    Yes, it's going to be a black re-finish - Cliff Burton style!
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  6. Hopkins

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    I guess its true about great minds thinking alike :D
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    GONNA LOOK SWEEETTTTTTTT
  8. SDMFJay

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    Wow, that poor, poor SB. Whoever decided to route that had a horrible idea to begin with and should be punished for bass abuse. However, the restore process looks awesome so far! Can't wait to see the finish.
  9. teesquared

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    No bass should be subject to the torment that Jason's SB has gone through! What on earth goes through the minds of these people? Ugly precision pickups, Yuk!
    Good luck with the renovation Jason, perhaps I'll be one of the few people to see it after its complete.

    Cheers!
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    Looking forward to seeing the completed restoration. SUBed.
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  12. Charley Umbria

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    It's a crime, I tells ya!

    Seriously, ***? Subbed. I wanna see this baby back in shape.
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  14. Prostheta

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    Oh, I didn't realise you were going to go for a solid refinish on this one. I put some thought into this one, and if it weren't for the bass-side half of the P-bass pickup rout having cut into the neck laminations I would have suggested a more elaborate but interesting option....

    - rout out a few mm from the bridge recess through to the pickup rout and splice in some matching Mahogany/Walnut and Maple
    - scrape flush
    - bandsaw off the wings through the outer laminations
    - rejoint the neck and wings, either on a table jointer or on a shooting board
    - thickness sand 5mm off the top of the wings using an angled jig (the SB body tapers back to front)
    - laminate the wings with something awesome like Ziricote or even flatsawn Zebrano like the SB-R150
    - add new Mahogany/Walnut stringers
    - re-apply the roundover
    - glue back onto the neck and blend up
    - redrill controls and jack cove

    It's just that damn P-bass pickup screwing up the lams towards the fingerboard! Looking forward to seeing the results.
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  17. Prostheta

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    Is this the one you are wanting a whole new circuit for? I've been so snowed under that last few weeks that I forgot if I was doing this....email me....
  18. FloridaSam

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    Any updates?
  19. Prostheta

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    The answer is yes, however much of that update will also involve the birth of a baby boy which is no doubt occupying all spare moments. :)
  20. Alembic83

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    Ok, here is a slight update: just a pic with some demo logo graphics on the headstock (the final logos will be gold of course)!

    The re-finish and re-fret should be completed by the end of the month. :hyper:

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  21. zuma

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    Even just that black headstock already looks pretty damn cool.

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