Up for sale, a 2005 Aria Pro II PE-Spalted Super Grade Series electric guitar in near mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original faux alligator hardshell case and factory paperwork. Expertly crafted in Japan exclusively for the domestic market and a virtually unseen model, this is a top shelf instrument built with select tonewoods including a carved spalted flame maple top with matching headstock, a solid mahogany body, and a maple/mahogany three-piece neck with heelless construction and a slab ebony fingerboard. The pickup complement includes the original pair of USA-made Seymour Duncan PAF-style SH-1 humbuckers, providing a late-'50s, vintage-correct humbucker sound with warm and crystalline clean tones, and distorted tonalities that are rich and bright with smooth sustain. For the neck position, the high end is slightly boosted for improved note attack and clarity, the mids are slightly scooped for an open, smooth sound that’s great for preserving the definition of individual notes in a chord, and the low end is full and round. The bridge pickup is more focused and airy, with a touch of snarl, and with the coil split engaged, the bridge becomes even more polite and twangy. The guitar is notably lightweight for an LP-style instrument at 7lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with accurate intonation and low action.
The maple and mahogany three-piece neck has a fairly chunky C shaped profile carve with modest shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .875” deep at the 1st fret and .950” at the 12th. The thick slab ebony fingerboard featuring mini abalone oval inlay and pristine stock medium jumbo fretwire. The guitar plays well in all registers up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted truss rod and a 9 1/2“ fretboard radius. The scale length is 24 3/4“, and the nut measures 1 11/16“ in width, dimensions familiar to any Les Paul purist. The headstock features a matching spalted flame maple veneer, and the original gold Gotoh tuners with ebony buttons turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
The electronics function as intended, with the factory-installed Seymour Duncan humbuckers wired to a three-way pickup selector switch, coil split switch for the bridge, and Master Volume and Tone knobs. The full-size CTS pots date to 2005. The gold hardware includes a robust tune-o-matic style bridge and corresponding stopboar with just a hint of patina, and the amber speed knobs included molded grips akin to classic Ibanez design. The maple top features both the dynamic dark marbling indicative of spalting and tight tiger flame figuring extending evenly across the top for a particularly attractive and unusual look. Cosmetically, there's barely a scratch on it, and the gloss finish is practically pristine on the body and neck profile.
The original faux alligator hardshell case and factory paperwork are included.