Up for sale, a 1979 Aria Pro II Strikin' Sound ST-500 electric guitar in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and factory paperwork. The ST-500 was produced at the Matsumoku factory in Japan and is rarely seen outside its country of origin, crafted during the golden age of high caliber Fender replicas. Taking its cues from the ‘50s Strat platform, this ST-500 features a sen ash body, maple neck and fretboard, one-ply white pickguard, and trio of alnico single coil pickups that all read in the mid 5k ohms range. The stock Aria SP-II pickups in the neck and middle positions have a full sound with bold low end and sparkly trebles. A vintage Gotoh single coil has been installed at the bridge position, with an even more snappy and biting sound and great upper midrange cut. The three-way pickup selector switch and individual Tone controls for the neck and middle position offer a broad tonal palette from bell-like, round neck pickup warmth to bold, twangy snap. The guitar is featherweight at 7lbs 1oz, and has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has a modestly chunky C shaped profile with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .875” deep at the 1st fret and .970” at the 12th. The maple fretboard features black dot inlay, an ST-500 inlay at the 21s fret, and pristine stock medium jumbo fretwire. The guitar plays easily up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted truss rod and a 7 1/4” fretboard radius, conforming to typical Fender specs with a 25 1/2“ scale and stock nut that measures 1 5/8“ in width. The headstock features a gold Aria Pro II logo, round string tree, and stock set of Kluson-style tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
On the body, the electronics work as they should, with a three-way selector switch, a Master Volume control, and neck and bridge Tone controls with full sized pots. The chrome hardware shows light patina, and the rare and original "ashtray" bridge cover is included. The two-tone Sunburst gloss finish is particularly well-kept, with cosmetic wear limited to light scuffing in the pick path, some shallow marks on the lower bout body edge, and faint finish scratches mostly relegated to the belly contour and back of the bass-side body horn. The neck sports a gloss finish with just a few tiny marks that are not distracting to the palm while fretting.
The original black tolex hardshell case with red interior is included, along with the original factory paperwork.