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Post by jim on Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:40 pm

Never seen it before Shocked . Only a few (cellphone) photo's and not very good quality. Pity we will never know now what it looked like before the applied changes and the changed look!
'The bridge, HEADSTOCK, pickguard and jack potentiometers were replaced in 2004'

How, what? scratch


If this was a copy of an existing American model I cannot think of any. The altered look?


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Post by Barry on Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:17 pm


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Post by jim on Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:45 pm

70's Gibson 'The Ripper' sort of?

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Post by Westbone on Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:16 pm

Yep, Ripper, Grabber sort of thing

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Post by drsyn67 on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:57 am

~ another example of someone thinking they can do better than stock. I'll never understand it!

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Post by jim on Tue May 14, 2013 2:34 pm

Should have checked better with the Aria Pro II models... Rolling Eyes
How could I have missed that one from the (page 4) '77 Dealer Slick at Matsumoku.org catalogue section? (hotlinking forbidden) They were produced only during 1977-1978 and came in natural, sunburst or brown versions.

I bumped into this listing of an Aria Bass Aria Pro II PE-200 SB Bass Guitar and found another, older, listing of which the pics are unfortunately gone for I would have loved to see it with original case!
Final verdict: Most probably a Matsumoku Ripper copy with a Westone badge and he definitely must have changed out the original tailpiece or lost the ashtray.


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Post by Westbone on Tue May 14, 2013 4:42 pm

This is how you increase the value of a Westone.
Stick an Aria badge on it.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Aria-Pro-II-PE-200-SB-Bass-Guitar-Made-in-Japan-Better-GRAB-this-one-/271199119887?pt=Guitar&hash=item3f24ba2a0f#ht_150wt_719

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Post by jim on Tue May 14, 2013 5:16 pm

Westbone wrote:This is how you increase the value of a Westone.
Stick an Aria badge on it.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Aria-Pro-II-PE-200-SB-Bass-Guitar-Made-in-Japan-Better-GRAB-this-one-/271199119887?pt=Guitar&hash=item3f24ba2a0f#ht_150wt_719

Those Aria's are probably rather obscure and the price is much more than I would pay for it, It didn't sell yet though Damian and I doubt it will for this price! The other one that did sell (with ohc!) sold for a little over 500 USD. Some people pay for obscurity rather than quality hence the often uttered 'RARE' in auctions, or 'pre-lawsuit' and such which in itself says nothing about build quality or preservation. Anyway, I found the Aria Pro II LB-650 had a predecessor in the Aria Pro II PE-200 . Seems yokochou is still updating pages Cool 1978 and 1979 added!







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Post by Westbone on Wed May 15, 2013 1:17 pm

'Rare' and 'prelawsuit' are often overused words.

Used to suck in potential buyers.

Half of these 'rare' guitars were crap at the time and didn't sell then.

You can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear. Or polish a turd.




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