Up for sale, a 1982 Aria Pro II SB-R60 PR vintage neck-through bass in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Produced in Japan at the Matsumoku factory, this SB series bass features five-piece maple and walnut neck-through construction with Canadian 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 the concentric Volume/Tone knob, and an additional two-way mini toggle Tone 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 almost endlessly, and at 9lbs 15oz, the tonewoods guarantee a solid, resonant platform for the single humbucker. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Aria SB-R60 has been dialed in with 45-100 roundwound strings and comfortable action.
The maple/walnut neck has a medium C shaped profile with good shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and filling out to .970" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features pearl oval inlay with alternating black dots, and the original medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have good height and meat, with virtually no wear, playing cleanly in every register up the straight neck. The scale length is 34”, and the brass nut measures just a hair over 1 5/8" in width. The elongated headstock features chrome Schaller-style Aria Pro II tuners with gleaming chrome plating.
On the body, all of the electronics function as intended, with a Volume knob, Tone knob, and two-way Tone toggle switch for the single stock MB-II humbucker. The controls have been upgraded with a fresh pair of black knurled knobs. The positively over-built bridge shows light surface patina and is inset into the body. Combined with the brass nut, the solid, snappy, sustaining qualities of this bass achieve their full potential. The transparent Padauk Red gloss finish is in great shape, with cosmetic wear limited to light scattered marks in the clear coat mostly relegated to the perimeter of the body, with a few stray scratches on the back. Aside from a spot of finish checking extending from the bass side of the nut, the neck sports a pristine smooth gloss finish, with heavy figuring in the maple up the center and bass side of the profile.
A gigbag is included.