Up for sale, a 1983 Aria Pro II PE-R80 vintage electric guitar in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and factory paperwork. An elegantly crafted spin on the classic LP design produced in Japan at the Matsumoku factory and rarely seen outside its country of origin, this PE-R80 features a traditional tonewood combination with a figured carved two-piece birdseye maple top, mahogany body (with a maple veneer on the back), maple neck, and thick slab ebony fretboard.
The body's radical and ergonomic carve is very player friendly with heel-less neck construction and recessed controls on the carved top, and the instrument has a clear, rich natural response which translates well through the Maxon MMK 75 zebra bobbin humbuckers. Metering in the low 8k ohms range, these pickups are powerful and punchy with a touch of growl, offering a meaty low end at the neck and cutting midrange bark at the bridge. The dual sound mini toggle switches are individual coil taps for the pickups, introducing a more focused, airy, and snappy single coil response. This Aria Pro II has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C shaped profile carve at the nut with good shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .810” deep at the 1st fret and .925” at the 12th. The thick slab ebony fretboard has a 9 1/2" radius, featuring pearl cloud inlay and pristine stock medium jumbo fretwire. The guitar plays well in all registers up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted truss rod. Dimensions familiar to any Les Paul purist, the scale length measures 24 3/4“, and the brass nut is 1 11/16“ in width, ensuring ideal note attack and articulation. The headstock features a mahogany veneer, cream truss rod cover, and stock set of gold Aria Pro II tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The Matsumoku serial has a 3 prefix for 1983, consistent with the 58-9-13 date on the factory paperwork, translating to 9/13/83 (1983 is the 58th year of the Showa period in Japan, as dating related to the reign of that emperor).
On the body, the stock electronics work as they should, with individual Volume and Tone knobs for each Maxon humbucker, and individual mini-toggle coil taps for each pickup. The full-size Japanese pots date to 1982, and solder joints are untouched. The gold hardware includes a robust tune-o-matic style bridge and corresponding stopbar with faint wear on the plating. The top is elegantly dished around the controls, and the amber speed knobs have ridged tops for easy gripping. The See Through Red gloss finish highlights the birdseye maple figuring on the carved top, framed by multi-ply cream binding. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few minor marks and scuffs on the body as a whole, mostly relegated to the back and lower bout body edge, while the neck profile sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.
The original hardshell case and factory paperwork is included.