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Aria & Aria Pro II Club (Part Two)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ryan L., Aug 3, 2009.

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  1. fitzy73


    Mar 1, 2008
    my new aria bass 1983 sb elite 1 ,

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  2. Alembic83

    Alembic83 Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2005
    Salem, Oregon
    Nice, the bass looks like a Black 'n' Gold I model, judging from the bridge (black base, gold saddles), though.
  3. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    Mine's in the Guitar Gallery, Oxford.
  4. Nice bass man!
    These are one of the best looking basses ever made.
  5. Mellow D

    Mellow D

    Apr 7, 2009
    Norway, Oslo
    Hey guys, was thinking you could probably help me out in identifying this bass:




    I'm considering buying it, but i would like some more info on the bass.. the only thing the owner said is that it's from 92ish

    anyone know model, where its made how they play etc?

    Love Kaare
  6. not sure about the bass... but nice green shag carpet :)
  7. I've wanted an SB-1000 forever.

    Doubt it'll ever happen. :bawl:
    I'd really go for SB-anything.
  8. Mellow D

    Mellow D

    Apr 7, 2009
    Norway, Oslo
    The SBs are really hot.. i agree
  9. Merky


    Dec 8, 2008
    Ive Got An Aria SB 900, SB 600 and jus recently bought an Elite 1 GnB! luvly stuff
  10. Billnc


    Aug 6, 2009
    Charlotte NC
    I just traded guitars, got a Aria ProII archtop FA50E, really good instrument, if the basses are as good, this company is really unsung, very good stuff by the looks of it.
  11. beyondthe48

    beyondthe48 Guest

    Apr 29, 2007
    Aria Pro II SB750JR - 1994 Matsumoku

    upgrades: brass nut, ABF bridge, EMG actives

    my pride and joy!
  12. Alembic83

    Alembic83 Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2005
    Salem, Oregon
    Those are nice upgrades for the bass! I had a SB600JR very briefly. The 750 looks much nicer with the natural finish and active electronics.

    How easy was it to get or make a replacement brass nut?
  13. beyondthe48

    beyondthe48 Guest

    Apr 29, 2007
    super easy - tech did it for me, i think it was 30$ parts and labor
  14. Alembic83

    Alembic83 Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2005
    Salem, Oregon
    Interesting news...Aria now makes an SB-1000RI 5 string model. Everything on it looks like the 4 string RI version, but the pickup just looks like a standard soapbar rather than having the look of the traditional SB pickup.


    More pics and specs are available at Aria's Japanese website:

    And there is a black one on eBay now...it's not cheap, though, listing for $2719!
  15. cliffbass1


    Jun 1, 2003
    Email Dana B Good you can buy a new B.B. Circuit for about 100 us dollars, i emailed them b/c i wanna return my SB-1000 electronics back to stock, they also have SB p/u's
  16. Greetings, did the RSB-900 have the little toggle switch and the 6-way tone selector switch unit (& if it did do you still have them)? If so I may be able to help... Pics would help too.

    BTW, I suspect the guys over at the Matsumoku forum would get quite excited over this - come & say hello.

  17. Revisited the old thread, & realised my OP needs an update...

    1980 Series 1 SB-900 S/N 059104:

    SB-900-002. SB-900-004. SB-900-003.

    Modified 1980 SB-1000 Fretless conversion S/N 049140:

    SB-1000F-001-1. SB-1000F-002-1.

    The modifications? 2 x Kent Armstrong humbuckers wired in series & associated woodwork to fill in the original p/up cavity, no actives - the originals were fried along with the stock p/up, so I did away with them & just plumbed in the 6-way tone selector array. Works just fine & no battery worries.

    There's a full restoration/rebuild thread over on the Matsumoku site here

    Let's face it, it's got two four-wire hummers in series - it don' need no steenkeeng actives!

    The SB-900 is passive as well, those stock p/ups are hot & weigh a ton.

    Both have killer tone & are an absolute joy to play.

  18. Yakob


    Nov 15, 2009
    Philadelphia, PA

    Aria Pro II XRB. Here are some pics of my old one, dead stock.
    That one has been stripped and modified quite a bit, but 1992 sounds about right. Mine was an okay player as soon as I swapped out the faulty pickup selector, I just never got used to it and ended up trading it away.

    Based on the location of the truss-rod adjuster, it might be MIJ, but I'm hedging my bets closer to Korea.
  19. Brian D

    Brian D

    Dec 2, 2004
    Dublin, Ireland
    Nice bass but there was no Matsumoku in 1994. Production would have been done by another company or in house possibly.

    Oh....... :eek:

    They did it.

    They bloody did it.


    I don't like the pickup, dodgy new switch or tuning keys though. But those are easily replaced. Maybe I'll try get one next year. ;)

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