Up for sale, a 1980 Aria Pro II "Primary Bass" model PB-400 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hangtags and form-fit gigbag. A rare spin on Fender's Precision Bass platform, this PB-400 features a Sunburst-finished sen ash body paired with a one-piece maple neck. Crafted at the Matsumoku factory in Japan, this Aria is both articulate and round-sounding, delivering quintessential P Bass thump with the treble definition of the maple fingerboard and throaty midrange presence of the ash body. 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 maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with good shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .850” deep at the 1st fret and .970” at the 12th. The bass retains its original medium jumbo fretwire which has its full factory height with plenty of meat and crown, showing virtually no wear and playing cleanly up the straight neck. The bass has a traditional 34" scale length, while the nut is an easily navigable 1 9/16" in width. The headstock features a script Aria logo and 70s-style block "Primary Bass" text. The original tuners feature vintage-correct large baseplates, and the clover buttons turn very smoothly. The four-bolt neck plate is embossed with "Made in Japan" and "Matsumoku" text, while the serial number follows Greco/Fujigen's typical MYY pattern for dating with an L80-prefix serial that translates to December of 1980.
The stock electronics function as intended, with the original SB-II split coil P bass pickup governed by Master Volume and Tone controls, with full-size Japanese pots that date to 1980. The chrome plating on the hardware is positively gleaming with just a hint of patina, comprising the original knurled knobs, four-saddle bridge, and "ashtray" bridge cover. The bold three-tone gloss Sunburst finish is accented by a three-ply white pickguard, and cosmetic wear is limited to faint finish scratches in the clear coat and minor marks mostly relegated to the lower bout body edge. The neck profile sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.
The original fitted faux leather gigbag is included, along with three original hangtags.