Up for sale, a 1977 Aria Pro II Stagecaster ST-600B electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. The ST-600B was produced at the Matsumoku factory in Japan and is rarely seen outside its country of origin. The guitar clearly takes its cues from the Fender Stratocaster of the late '60s, checking all the boxes for an four-bolt Strat build with an ash body, one-piece maple neck with slab maple cap, large headstock with block logo, and a trio of original black bobbin single coils. The guitar has a smooth, bold acoustic voice, translating well through the pickups which feature flush mounted alnico magnets and meter at 5k ohms. The guitar delivers an articulate range of tones with the complex midrange character and note attack of ash, and the glassy cut of maple. The three-way pickup selector switch offers a broad tonal palette from bell-like, round neck pickup warmth to bold, twangy bridge pickup snap. The guitar weighs 7lbs 14oz 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 U-shaped profile carve with round shoulders and a substantial feel, akin to many later ‘70s Fender neck carves, measuring .895” deep at the 1st fret and .980” at the 12th. Faithfully crafted just like the special order maple fretboard Fenders of the '60s, the neck has no skunk stripe, as the truss rod was inserted from the top, capped with a thick slab maple fingerboard. The original medium jumbo frets are intact, and these frets have a fairly flat factory fret dress, exhibiting moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3, and lighter wear extending until fret 9. The guitar plays easily up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted truss rod and a 7 1/2” radius fretboard. The guitar also conforms to typical Fender specs with a 25 1/2“ scale length and 1 5/8“ in width. The oversized headstock features a block logo and stock chrome-plated tuning machines.
On the body, the electronics are untouched and function as intended, with a traditional three-knob Strat control layout and three-way pickup selector blade switch. The mirrored pickguard is a unique aftermarket cosmetic touch, accented by the thin gloss Black finish which allows the grain of the ash to subtly peek through. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few scattered small dings consistent with age across the body, primarily on the back and lower bout body edge, and the neck profile is smooth and glossy, save for a couple small nicks central to the shape behind fret 10.