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1980s Aria Pro II SB-ELT, RSZ Vintage Neck Through Electric Bass Guitar Padauk Red, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1980's Aria Pro II SB-ELT vintage neck through electric bass guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Produced in the latter half of the decade after production ceased at Matsumuko for the SB line, this iteration was made by Tokai. It's also worth noting that Aria played fast and loose with the nomenclature for this model (confounding many a message board in its wake), which can be found offered as the SB-RSZ, SB-ELT, and Elite II. SB series basses were used by the likes of Cliff Burton and Jack Bruce and produce a particularly broad range of rich and defined tones.

This SB-ELT features maple/walnut seven-ply neck through construction with a slab rosewood fretboard and ash body wings. The pair of MB-II humbucking pickups can be pillowy and warm or growly and aggressive, while the two-way mini toggle tone switches thin 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 10oz, the tonewoods guarantee a solid, resonant platform for the humbuckers. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Aria SB-ELT has been dialed in with 45-100 roundwound strings and comfortable action.

The maple/walnut neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with good shoulder, offering easy playability in every register, measuring .790" deep at the 1st fret and .940" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard is an extremely dark, tight-grained cut, featuring oval inlay and original medium jumbo fretwire with its full factory height and flawless crowns. The bass plays well in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is a full 34", and the nut measures 1 9/16" in width. On the elongated headstock, the bass features gold Aria Pro II tuners that turn very smoothly and hold pitch well.

All of the electronics function as intended, with a Master Tone control and individual Volume knobs and two-way tone toggles for each pickup. The positively over-built bridge is inset into the body with light patina on the gold plating. The transparent Padauk Red gloss finish is in great shape, highlighting the grain in the ash body wings. Cosmetic wear is limited to nicks and light finish scratches in the gloss, mostly relegated to the treble side lower bout edge and the back of the body horn. The gloss finish on the neck profile is exceptionally clean and smooth, with a few faint marks at the treble side of the profile in the upper registers that are not distracting to the palm while fretting.

A gigbag is included.