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1980 Aria Pro II SB-1000 Neck Through Vintage Electric Bass Guitar, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1980 Aria Pro II "Super Bass" SB-1000 in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag. Made at the Matsumoku factory in Japan, this Aria Pro II is a top-quality instrument crafted with an elegant neck through body. The SB series has been esteemed by a pedigree of legendary bassists including Cliff Burton, John Taylor, Rudy Sarzo, Jack Bruce, and Marcus Miller. The smoothly sculpted neck-through body construction offers superb sustain as well as unbeatable access to the upper frets, with a seven-ply maple/walnut neck and ash body wings. The stock MB-1 double coil pickup has ample output, and the “B.B. Circuit” is an active EQ that provides six different shades of focused midrange. This SB-1000 balances well on a strap and weighs a solid 10lbs 14oz, professionally dialed in here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings and comfortable action.

The maple/walnut neck has a full C shaped profile carve with good shoulder and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .890” deep at the 1st fret and 1.025” at the 12th. The thick slab jacaranda rosewood fretboard is a dark and tight grained cut, featuring pearl dot inlay and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have plenty of height and meat, with light uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-8, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The scale length is a full 34", and the brass nut measures a notably wide 1 3/4" in width. On the elongated headstock, the bass features gold Aria Pro II tuners that turn very smoothly and hold pitch well.

On the body, the electronics function as intended, with Master Volume and Tone controls and a mini toggle switch to engage the active six way “B.B. Circuit." The positively over-built bridge is inset into the body with wear through the gold plating. The transparent natural gloss finish compliments the grain of the body, and cosmetic wear includes finish chips and light marks relegated to the lower bout body edge, with a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the body as a whole. Aside from discoloration in the clear coat along the fretboard edges and a small mark behind fret 6, the neck sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.

The original fitted faux leather gigbag is included.