Up for sale, a 1980 Aria Pro II RSB-600 vintage bass in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Produced in Japan at the Matsumoku factory, this RSB series bass features seven-ply maple and walnut neck-through construction with ash body wings and a single MB-II humbucker. The MB-II can be pillowy and warm or growly and aggressive with a twist of a knob, and the two-way mini toggle "Duan Sound" switch thins out the sound just enough to offer more tic-tac articulation and top end grind without sacrificing low end fullness and punch. The bass sustains near endlessly, and at 9lbs 6oz, the tonewoods guarantee a solid, resonant platform for the single humbucker. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Aria RSB-600 has been dialed in with 45-100 roundwound strings and comfortable action.
The maple/walnut neck has a chunky D-shaped profile carve with considerable shoulder in all registers, measuring .885” at the 1st fret and 1.025” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard features pearl oval inlay with alternating black dots, and the original medium jumbo frets are exceptionally clean. The bass plays easily up the 34” scale with a straight neck and responsive truss rod, and the brass nut measures a full 1 3/4“ in width. On the headstock, the Aria Pro II-branded tuners turn smoothly and hold consistent pitch.
All the electronics function as intended, with the MB-II pickup governed by Master Volume and Tone controls, and the “Dual Sound” two-way mini toggle. The positively over-built bridge is inset into the body with Aria’s proprietary “Quick-Hook” system for easy string changes and maximum stability. The transparent Walnut gloss finish on the body wings contrasts with the neck through portion of the bass, and cosmetic wear is limited to some light scuffing along the pick path. There are also a few minor dings on the back central to the lower bout. The gloss finish on the neck profile is immaculate.
A padded gigbag is included.