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1983 Aria Pro II Rev-Sound RS-800 Vintage Neck Through 12-string, Japan Matsumoku


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Up for sale, a 1983 Aria Pro II Rev-Sound model RS-800 12-string in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Produced at the Matsumoku factory in Japan, this Rev-Sound Aria Pro II features neck-through construction with a seven-ply maple/walnut neck, ash body wings with a maple core, and a rosewood fretboard.

The neck-through construction offers excellent natural sustain and resonance, and the midrange complexity and note attack of the ash body is faithfully captured by the stock MH-1 humbuckers. These pickups have an ideal blend of warmth and articulation, metering at 9.8k ohms, with beefy-yet-clear sounds at the neck and slightly more focused, treble-centric shimmer at the bridge. Additionally, the two-way Mix-Switch mini-toggles brighten things up with single coil-esque sparkle when engaged (not a coil tap, both coils are still engaged), and the two-way Phase Reversal switch yields slinky, out-of-phase sounds. This RS-800 weighs 8lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Seven-ply maple/walnut
-Shape: Slender C, full shoulders, measuring .805” 1st fret, .930” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Rosewood, 9 1/2“ radius, pearloid ellipse “eyeball” inlay
-Frets: Medium jumbo, no wear
-Scale Length: 25 1/2”
-Nut: 1 11/16”, brass
-Tuners: Aria Pro II-branded
-Serialization: 3-prefix (1983, Matsumoku), “Made in Japan” foil sticker

Body Specs:

-Wood: Ash body wings, maple core
-Pickups: MH-1 humbuckers
-Harness: Untouched solder, original Japanese pots date to ‘82 and ‘83
-Hardware: Brass Adjusto-matic bridge, tailpiece

The gloss Walnut finish is notably clean, with cosmetic wear limited to a few tiny nicks along the body perimeter and just a couple microscopic marks on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is immaculate.

A gigbag is included.