I'm new to TB so thanks for any help and insight! I just grabbed this bass at GC out of curiosity. I want to see how it compares to the SB series that a friend turned me onto. I've really been nerding out on the MIJ Arias for the past few weeks. So far it's pretty cool, I'm stoked on how it feels and sounds. From what I understand, a six digit serial beginning in '0' dates it to 1980? However it just looks too clean to be that old. Considering the nut, bridge, and pickup poles are spotless and not tarnished whatsoever. Any Aria experts know if the nut and bridge are brass? Or just made to look like it? Did Aria ever reissue these? Or offer replacement parts? I can't find anything online stating that. Seems too good to be true that it's this old and and this clean. I have an SB-700 from this era that is immaculate, but even the bridge and nut are tarnished. Perhaps someone cleaned them but it doesn't look like it. Also welcome to any recommendations for strings on these medium scale basses. I've never owned one. I'm going to try some flats on this too, just to see what that's like. I usually play a fretless with flats. Thanks!