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Aria 66 - is this worth salvaging?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tortburst, Aug 19, 2012.


  1. tortburst

    tortburst Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2007
    New Jersey
    Recently inherited this Aria 66.
    Serial # 986430 made in Japan

    It needs some serious tlc

    Rotted binding
    Popped seams all over
    Jack fell into the body

    All of that seems like it can be repaired but the one thing that concerns me is the string action. It's like an inch off the 20th fret!

    The neck appears to be straight but the whole thing is angled forward.

    Is this normal?
    Do you guys think this bass is worth the effort to restore to playable condition?


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  2. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    At least its got nice, low action. Looks like a player.

    I'd address that issue first. If it is not playable, at best you can hang it on the wall and call it art. Looks like the body warped, so it might be art.
     
  3. Marton

    Marton

    Sep 20, 2005
    Quebec
    Nut slots seems too high. If the neck is straight and the strings too high, you need to find a way to lower the strings. If it's a wood bridge, you could probably sand the bottom of it.
     
  4. tortburst

    tortburst Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2007
    New Jersey
    Not playable, not right now at least.

    I didn't know the body could warp, that'd explain the super high action yet straight neck.
     
  5. rfslick

    rfslick

    Dec 31, 2008
    Benicia, CA. USA
    That is a bolt on neck. If you pull the neck pickup, you should be able to check out the stability of the neck pocket. If ok, you can shim it.
    You should, however disassemble the whole thing and repair the seams and binding to insure the stability of the entire instrument.
    It appears that it sat for too long untouched with too much string tention for a body that was not too strong in the first place. You can repair all of that.
     
  6. Marton

    Marton

    Sep 20, 2005
    Quebec
    The body probably didn't warp, but probably that the neck joint moved. But unless you want to do a neck reset, you need to find a way of fixing it in a less complex way.
     
  7. tortburst

    tortburst Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2007
    New Jersey
    Yeah it's a bolt on
     
  8. darkstorm

    darkstorm

    Oct 13, 2009
    Not worth salvaging unless action and neck can be fixed for low price.
     
  9. peterkidd

    peterkidd

    Oct 20, 2008
    Shirley, MA
    I have had a few 60's, 70's Japanese basses w/ the same issue.

    The string tension combined w/ time IS sufficient to bend the body at the neck joint.

    After I gave up, took them to some very good local luthiers.

    Prognosis was grim.

    Most popular option was to put a wedge/shim in the neck pocket, but it's proportions were more like a doorstop.

    Then built the pickups up the the new height.

    But what have you got to lose, save for some time?
     
  10. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    Toronto
    It will make a very nice wall hanger if the neck/bridge/body are not repairable (for a reasonable price).

    TD
     
  11. rfslick

    rfslick

    Dec 31, 2008
    Benicia, CA. USA
    pm'd
     

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