NBD Aria custom shop (scroll & viola content)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by slantedpanted, Jul 20, 2016.

  1. slantedpanted

    slantedpanted

    Oct 19, 2007
    Mid 90s violin bass. Its a semi hollow - solid wood in the middle with pickup, piezo and active preamp. The inlay says Aria custom shop so i guess its from Japan. Think its pretty rare cause there is limited info to be found via Google.

    Very solid and nice sounding bass.

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  2. That's a beaut! GLWTS
     
  3. Chico Ruger

    Chico Ruger

    Dec 11, 2014
    Western NC
    Great lookin' bass. But I'm wonderin' 'bout neck-dive?
     
  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Looks lovely without the usual rectangular control plate.
     
  5. That's really lovely, congrats!
     
  6. Wow, love the look of the head on this, but bholder has a point. How does the neck feel and what does she weigh in at? Is there a brand name on those machine heads or are they blank? That finish looks very sweet. Any back pics? Nice score.
     
  7. slantedpanted

    slantedpanted

    Oct 19, 2007
    Heres a pic from the backside - someone added a second strap button along the line - balance is ok! Feels more like a solid than a semi. Its not a light bass - dont have a scale handy right now, but its nowhere along the lines of a hofner.


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  8. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    That's really cool and looks to be in remarkable shape for its age.
     
  9. Love it! I dig rare/odd basses like that. Congrats!
     
  10. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    Canada
    It could be a "parts bass". Notice the Hofner tailpiece. What ever it is, it's nice!

    TD
     
  11. slantedpanted

    slantedpanted

    Oct 19, 2007

    Not a partso - found som info from an old catalogue

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  12. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    neat looking instrument! congratulations!

    what kind of neck feel does it have? chunky? nut width = ?

    thanks.
     
  13. Eilif

    Eilif Grooving under the MDW runway.

    Oct 1, 2001
    Chicago
    That is really lovely! What's the nut width?
     
  14. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    That thing is stunningly beautiful. It's the most violiny violin bass I've ever seen.