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1978 Aria Pro II Precise Bass PB-600D Sunburst, Japan Matsumoku w/ DiMarzio Pickup


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Up for sale, a 1978 Aria Pro II "Precise Bass" model PB-600D in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original faux leather gigbag. A uncommon spin on Fender's '70s Precision Bass platform, the PB-600D features a stock DiMarzio split coil P-bass pickup, three-tone Sunburst gloss finish on an alder body, and maple neck with slab cap maple fingerboard. Crafted at the Matsumoku factory in Japan, this Aria is well-balanced on a strap and quite light and resonant at only 8lbs 10oz. Both articulate and round-sounding, the PB-600D delivers on the promise of quintessential P Bass thump, with the added top end definition that comes with a maple fretboard. The extra gain of the DiMarzio pickup offers impressive oomph and cut, with a gutsy midrange when pushed hard. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this Aria with 45-100 roundwound strings, comfortable action, and accurate intonation.

The neck has a chunky C shape with lightly rolled fretboard edges and generous shoulder in every register, measuring .895" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th. The maple fretboard features black dot position markers and stock medium jumbo frewire. The frets have good height and meat with virtually no wear, playing cleanly in every register up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is a full 34“, and the stock bone nut measures 1 9/16“ in width. The headstock features a script Aria logo, 70s-style block "Precise Bass" text, and the original clover button tuners which turn smoothly.

The stock DiMarzio split coil P bass pickup is governed by knurled chrome Master Volume and Tone knobs, and the electronics function as intended with full-size pots and a large orange drop tone cap. The original "ashtray" bridge cover rounds out the hardware complement. The three-tone Sunburst gloss finish shows some signs of honest use with nicks and finish scratches mostly relegated to the body parameter and lower bout edge in particular. There is a touched up ding on the treble side fretboard edge at the 1st fret, and otherwise the neck sports a clean original gloss finish.

The original faux leather gigbag is included.