Rare find? Vintage Aria Pro II SB-1000

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassGeekJack, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. IMG_20180809_110838841.jpg Got this bad boy in a trade recently (all I'll say is I think I got the sweeter deal). I wasn't looking for this specific bass, or really a bass at all, but I played it and fell in love! The "attack mode selector" is so great! There are some mid-y tones that this bass projects that I've just never heard anything like before. Really versatile! Thing is, I have no idea how rare this specific model is. I figured at least a bit since I can mostly only find newer or repros on the web. I'm not sure how these serial numbers work, maybe an '81? Guy who I got it from said he bought around 1980. Anyway, just wanted to share!
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  2. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    I have no info for you, but I really like it.
  3. Skybone


    Jun 20, 2016

    It looks like an '81 to me, the "giveaways" are the "script" logo on the headstock (the logo changed around '83-ish?) and the "1" at the start of the serial #. However, I admit to being no expert on this.

    Check out the Matsumoku site for more & reliable info.
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  4. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    Looks great!

    They're one of those that only show up when you're not looking for them.

    Cliff Burton seemed to like them. Enjoy it!
  5. I believe between the serial number and “batwing” headstock it’s an ‘81. Best bet is to check out the Aria Club. A lot of knowledge there.
  6. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    The SB-1000 has been on my radar for a long time. Popular basses in the '80's. John Taylor of Duran Duran comes to mind as using them.
  7. lowplaces

    lowplaces Got Punch ?

    Dec 20, 2015
    Louisville Kentucky
  8. Skybone


    Jun 20, 2016
    Cliff used the SB Elite, which were based on the RSB's (same SB body, but a wider neck). The SB series had the J bass style 38mm neck, where the RSB & Elites had a wider neck (42/43mm).

    All of the SB's I've owned had the narrow neck (2x SB Special II's, an SB900 & an SB1000). I've played RSB's with the wider neck, and always said I should have bought one of them instead!
  9. ajkula66


    Sep 23, 2016
    Late, great Jack Bruce played one for a while and was featured on Aria's catalogues of the early 80s...his own example changed hands for an interesting sum on Reverb some time ago...

    Aria Pro II *Owned And Played By Jack Bruce*

    I liked these basses a lot when they were new but eventually abandoned Arias in favour of Ibanez MC 924. Wouldn't mind revisiting a well-kept example to check how I'd feel about them nowadays.

    Very nice find, OP. May it serve you well.
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  10. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    everytime i see one of those, especially the twin pickup model, i always think John Taylor
  11. Vic Firth

    Vic Firth

    Sep 3, 2016
    This one was made in november 1979; on all AriaProII SB basses from the "Matsumoku" plant before december of 1979 the year was indicated by the third digit of the serial number and the month was indicated by the first two digits (#119...); in december 1979 the dating system was changed at the Matsumoku factory and the first digit began to score the year of production (#912...)
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2018
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  12. 68bassman


    Nov 4, 2016
    That's very nice. Would you mind telling me the distance from the 12th fret to the center of the pickup? I've always been curious about the pickup position, but I've never held one in my hand. Thanks.
  13. Approximately 13.5 inches
  14. 68bassman


    Nov 4, 2016
    Thanks for your help. I believe that specs out about like the MM position...I thought the Aria was closer to the neck.
  15. Carteken


    Jul 14, 2018

    Six digit serial numbers date from the 70s, covering '71 through '80. Seven digit serial numbers date from the 80s, covering the period '81 through '90. The first digit gives the year. I have an '82 myself and looks like you have a '71.

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  16. ajkula66


    Sep 23, 2016
    Aria hasn't made anything remotely similar to OP's bass in '71...see post # 11
  17. Carteken


    Jul 14, 2018
    Thanks for the clarification.
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