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1980 Aria Pro II Custom LP-600R Triple Pickup Vintage Electric Guitar, Japan, Ace Frehley


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Up for sale, a 1980 Aria Pro II Custom LP-600R electric guitar in perfect working order, 100% original save for a tweaked control array that offers greater tonal variety. This expertly crafted Japanese guitar clearly takes its cues from its Gibson cousin (no relation), and while this Aria Pro II falls squarely under the umbrella of the famed "lawsuit" guitars, competing directly with Greco and Tokai, no legal action was ever taken against Aria for these faithful iterations. Produced at the Matsumoku factory, this LP-600R has a distinctive look designed to capitalize on Ace Frehley's now iconic triple pickup "Budokan" Cherry Sunburst Custom. The guitar features a sandwich mahogany body, maple top, and trio of stock humbuckers with double cream bobbins. The pickups each have an output of 8k ohms, wired to individual Volume controls for a palette of sounds ranging from bold, beefy punch to focused, barky, midrange cut. This Aria Pro II weighs 9lbs, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, accurate intonation, and fast action. The three-piece maple neck has a slender '60s-style C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a dark, tight-grained cut, featuring block inlay and medium jumbo fretwire with fret edge binding. The frets are stunningly clean with their full factory height, showing just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-2, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 24 3/4”, and the original carved bone nut measures 1 11/16“ in width. The headstock has multi-ply binding, a classic "open book" shape, and split diamond pearl inlay. The stock chrome Rotomatic-style tuners turn smoothly and work as they should with metal tulip buttons. On the body, the modified control configuration offers individual Volume knobs for each pickup and a Master Tone control. The three-way pickup selector toggles between Neck+Middle, All, and Middle+Bridge. The chrome hardware shows light patina, the cream plastic parts and amber speed knobs are clean, and the double cream pickup bobbins have yellowed, matching the ambered multi-ply binding that frames the Cherry Sunburst finish. Cosmetically, there are light scuffs and marks mostly relegated to the perimeter of the body, with notable scratches in the finish across the back of the instrument. The neck profile sports a clean original gloss with a few faint finish marks that are not distracting to the palm while fretting.