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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by cfsporn, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Check out what I just snagged on craigslist! An 9/10 Aria Pro II TSB-650 Thor Sound bass (with a molded Peavy HSC to boot)!

    I have just been playing it unplugged and it sounds amazing (and that is before I replace the 5+ year old strings that are on there), feels amazing, and looks do amazing.

    Some questions:
    1) Is there any way to tell what year it was made? I can provide a serial if necessary.

    2) Was this made in the Matsumoku factory?

    3) What type of strings are on this? They are flats, slicker than snot, have no wrappings on either end (save for some very slight wire wrapping on the ball end), and brass ball ends. They are medium low tension.
    I also just recently got a EBMM Sterling 4H as part of a trade, but it is currently camera shy. Will post pics tomorrow.
  2. :eek: Sexy.
  3. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    Great looking bass!!! Congrats and enjoy!!
  4. I don't know for sure, but it sure looks like a Matsumoku to me. Is it neck through?

    I have a Matsumoku made Westone Thunder IIa and it's an awesome bass. Congrats!
  5. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    It is either neck through or set neck (is there any way to tell from the outside)?
  6. That's pretty sweet!
  7. Can you take a pic of the back? It looks like the same middle block of Maple/Walnut as my Matsumoku Westone. The back of the neck should have the same stripes as the block holding the pickups. Is there any break in the grain or stripes? If no, it's probably neck through.
  8. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    The stripes run all the way through. Thanks for the tip!

    I plugged it in today and it sounds incredible. Even though it has 5+ year old flats on there, each note is defined and powerful. Can't wait to play with it more.

    I know the switches are series/parallel switches, but which direction puts them in which orientation?
  9. wolfmancharlie


    Nov 28, 2009
    Extremely nice bass you have there. Definately looks like an Uncle Matt made bass ,but I could be wrong. The double P-bass pickups have got to be incredible. Enjoy your new bass. I hope someone can give you some help on the year made, my guess would be between 83 and 87.
  10. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Looks cool! Congrats!
  11. jimmy rocket

    jimmy rocket

    Jan 24, 2008
    Ayden, NC
    if you like the flats, keep 'em on there. 5 years is nothing ;)
  12. NiteFury

    NiteFury Supporting Member

    May 12, 2010
    Akron, Oh
    cool bass! Very unique
  13. poomwah


    Jan 26, 2008
    I can't answer your questions, but I wanted to tell you, that is one BEAUTIFUL bass
  14. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    The strings might be Elixirs?

    They're not TIs or D'Addario Chromes. Those both have silk wraps at the ends. And I think the Chromes have different colored ball ends.
  15. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Elixirs are roundwound. Plus once they get some age they start shedding and look hideous. I don't think they are Elixir.
  16. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Grosbeak, Yamaha, Fender, BSX. I’m Marc! Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    Gorgeous bass. Wow. Congrats.

    Those Strings aren't Chromes, or Rotos either. Both are silk wrapped. Probably not Elixirs either, as I don't believe they make a flatwound. Does GHS silk wrap their flats?
  17. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    I know. But, to me, they feel so slick, they feel like flats. If you don't know what strings you're feeling, I could easily see somebody mistaking Elixirs for flats. Especially if they've never experienced them before.
  18. With that name, I'm sure the bass sounds thunderous. :)

    Great looking bass, BTW.
  19. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    According to the research I did online, these basses were made from 79-83 so that helps a lot. Also, the first two digits of the sn are 00 so that leads me to believe that it was made in 1980.

    So I have heard. Sadly (for my wallet especially) I like the bright attack of SS rounds. I may end up giving the flats away to someone here on TB (provided they play shipping). Feel free to PM me, but keep in mind that these are medium scale! (32 inch)

    Definitely not elixers. No fuzz and no texture whatsoever.

    Oh god yes.

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