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Just saved this from a living nightmare!

Post by DuoFuzz on Fri Jun 21, 2013 3:53 pm

Found this on Ebay last week and took pity on it. I took one shot on a last second bid and actually won it. 




It's a 1983 Aria Pro II RS Wildcat with Protomatic IV (MMK 45) humbuckers. The guitar has got plenty of dings and dents but it plays great so I'm not to bothered with it's condition. I decided to fit the switchmaster knobs as the originals were long gone, turns out 30 year old Aria knobs are quite hard to find, where have I heard that before? Thinking


It's got a push/pull coil tap on the tone control, I still need to find a tip that fits the switch properly.

 
One of the machine heads has lost it's dust cap which will need fixing in the near future.


August '83. I just noticed it actually says 'ACCURATFCool


So, what living nightmare did I save this lovely Aria from? Well, it didn't look quite like this when I first got it, the previous owner had...erm.... kinda...decorated it a little tiny bit. Suspect








Wanna see what it looked like before the clean up?









You sure??








OK then, hold on to your sides...





 

...you were warned!!!Saying Nothing







Yep, you're looking at Barbie wrapping paper sealed with brushed varnish! W.T.F.Don\'t KnowFace Palm

Short story is that I had the guitar in pieces within an hour of getting it and the paper was gone within three hours! 

What do reckon then, it cost me £57 in total and it plays and sounds great. I might post some more pics if you want to look at it's guts!

DAN.

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Re: Just saved this from a living nightmare!

Post by corsair on Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:22 pm

Now that's a good save!!

That didn't belong to the band Aqua, did it?!?😁 They're a good guitar, too!

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Re: Just saved this from a living nightmare!

Post by gittarasaurus on Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:47 pm

oh yeah baby! those are great guitars. i love mine!
and a great save too.

recently i got a busted up one of those same guitars(without the barbie covering), just for the parts, to make some repairs on mine. i got an undamaged pickguard, a like-new neck, and a switch tip, so everything is up to original specs now.

so i have an extra tuning peg (like these) to replace the one missing it's back on your guitar. if you want one, send me a PM and we can work the details


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Re: Just saved this from a living nightmare!

Post by Westbone on Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:17 pm

Beat me by a £1 Duo.
n1....Smile

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Re: Just saved this from a living nightmare!

Post by DuoFuzz on Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:32 pm

Westbone wrote:Beat me by a £1 Duo.
n1....Smile
Sorry mate, did a stupid thing and watched the auction countdown timer. I got sucked in and my itchy trigger finger did the rest!

gittarasaurus - PM sent.


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Re: Just saved this from a living nightmare!

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:08 pm

Its a good job you got it Dan, Damian would have kept the Barbie theme tongue

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Re: Just saved this from a living nightmare!

Post by Westbone on Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:15 pm

In a Barbie world

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Re: Just saved this from a living nightmare!

Post by Barry on Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:54 pm

Great save Dan. Good on both you and Damian for spotting the diamond in the rough! Glad she's ended up in good hands either way.

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Re: Just saved this from a living nightmare!

Post by Westbone on Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:14 am

Two ends one's are mint Mats.
Middle is Korean, well made but in need of a pup transplant.

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Re: Just saved this from a living nightmare!

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:16 am

That white one is a beauty!  been after one of these for a while, just waiting for one in my price range.

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Re: Just saved this from a living nightmare!

Post by DuoFuzz on Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:34 pm

Nice guitars Westbone. They certainly got some mileage out of the RS body style. Inazuma, Night Warrior, The Cat, etc.

I'm really impressed with the Wildcat. It feels lighter than Westone Spectrums I've played, and it rings for ages.

This model isn't strung through the body, just top loading only. The bridge unit does have an extra set of holes for a string through version so I was tempted to drill the body, but hearing it how it sounds, thats not going to happen!


The bridge is about 8mm (5/16") deep and is a heavy piece of cast zinc, I'm guessing it helps transmit the string vibrations to the body.

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Re: Just saved this from a living nightmare!

Post by Westbone on Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:31 pm

Every time I see that Barbie wrapping paper I chuckle...Laughing

Does that have a pull/push for coil tap?

Both my Wildcats have one.

Nice score Dan.

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Re: Just saved this from a living nightmare!

Post by DuoFuzz on Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:18 pm

Yep, it's on the tone pot. Doesn't look like the electrics have been buggered about with either, just needed a clean.





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Re: Just saved this from a living nightmare!

Post by The Chad on Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:11 am

Holy smokes, it's my old guitar!!!  I'd recognize that Barbie motif anywhere.  Took me hours.  She was stolen at a Princess tea party gig where I was playing.  Little girls are MEAN, don't let them fool you. 

GREAT rescue man.

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