Up for sale, a 1981 Aria Pro II SH-800 in excellent 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 instrument features a replacement pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers and upgraded Grover Rotomatic tuners.
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 upgraded pair of Seymour Duncan pickups comprise a SH-4 JB in the bridge position and an SH-2 Jazz at the neck. The JB is the original hot-rodded humbucker; the low end is full and powerful, the highs are crisp and detailed, and there’s an upper-midrange bump that adds crunch and chunk to heavy chords and translates to a singing, vocal-like quality for melodic playing. The SH-2 Jazz has a PAF-style flavor, delivering a glassy treble response and full, tight bass, with scooped mids for optimal clarity even under high gain or high speed. This SH-800 weighs 8lbs 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
-Wood: Five-ply maple/walnut
-Shape: Slender C, particularly prominent shoulders, .785” 1st fret, .900” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Ebony, 12” radius,
-Frets: Original medium jumbo, moderate wear primarily beneath the plain strings on frets 1-11. Wear grows lighter towards the octave
-Scale Length: 24 3/4“
-Nut Width: 1 11/16”, brass
-Tuners: Upgraded Grover Rotomatics
-Serialization: 1-prefix, Matsumoku production
-Pickups: Replaced Seymour Duncan SH-2 Jazz and SH-4 JB
-Controls: Volume x2, Tone x2, three-way pickup selector
-Hardware: Original nickel-plated bridge
-Plastics: Replaced black speed knobs
The gloss Natural finish exhibits a number of very small marks across the body as a whole, with one small finish chip at the bass side of the neck heel and a small, cleanly doweled added strap button mounting hole. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss.
The original black tolex hardshell case with form-fit red plush interior is included.