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1980 Aria Pro II SH-800 Neck Through Semi-Hollow w/ Case, Japan Matsumoku


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Up for sale, a 1980 Aria Pro II SH-800 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This rare, premium Aria Pro II model was crafted at the Matsumoku factory in Japan, designed by their top luthier Nobuaki Hayashi (H. Noble). This particular example is loaded with the original pair of MH-1 humbuckers and has been augmented with a Phase switch.

This Aria features five-ply maple/walnut neck through construction paired with carved/hollow ash body wings, and a slab ebony fingerboard, yielding a rich, textured natural response with excellent sustain and articulation. The original pair of MH-1 humbuckers are big and bold, metering at 9.8k ohms; the bridge is biting and focused, and the neck is beefy while retaining detail. Plus, the addition of a two-way phase switch enables slinky, out-of-phase cut when both humbuckers are engaged. This SH-800 weighs 8lbs 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 9-42 strings, comfortable action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Five-ply maple/walnut neck
-Shape: Slender C, full shoulders, measuring .825” 1st fret, .920” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Ebony, 12” radius
-Frets: Medium jumbo, moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-13 (progressively lighter up fretboard)
-Scale Length: 24 3/4”
-Nut: 1 11/16”, brass
-Tuners: Aria Pro II-branded, pearloid keystone buttons
-Serialization: 0-prefix, inked (1980)

Body Specs:

-Wood: Maple/Walnut, Ash
-Pickups: MH-1 humbuckers
-Controls: Volume x2, Tone x2, Three-way pickup selector, Two-way phase switch
-Hardware: Original chrome-plated toploader bridge, light wear on ridged knobs

The gloss Walnut finish exhibits faint buckle rash on the back and a few minor dings on the body as a whole, largely concentrated along the perimeter. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is nigh flawless.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included.