Aria Pro II Magna Series MA-10 Burgundy Mist Metallic 1993
Aria Pro II Magna Series MA-10, made in Korea 1992-6, in burgundy mist. Well well, that's quite a finish isn't it? The Magna series were an early 90s 'superstrat' style offering from Aria; there were several varieties in the line line offering various hardware combos. This one is one of the more Strat-like, with a simple trem and a cute HSS pickup set. The tone is balanced and even with a nice mix of bite and thump; easy to sculpt with your favourite nasty gain pedals. It's got a very playable neck: satin finish, slim and quick, shred-friendly flatter board, but with sensible medium frets and a nice round profile; not too flat on the back. The fancy neck joint allows for easy access all the way up to the 24th fret; handy for all those swept-arpeggios you've been relentlessly practising right? You could argue that a guitar like this ought to be black, but frankly, such an approach lacks imagination. Obviously your shredstick should be the colour of hairdresser's hatchback, right?
Model: Aria Pro II Magna Series MA-10
Made: Korea, 1992-6 (serial S99070150)
Finish: burgundy mist metallic
Body: alder, carved top and back
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 24 fret, 12" radius, 25.5" scale
Pickups: Aria OS-2 single coil x2, CH-2 HB x1
Case: basic non original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. Headstock has minor marks on the end. Neck is pretty clean, no major marks. The back has a couple of very light scuffs near the neck pocket, nothing major. The sides are pretty clear, save for a noteworthy chip and dent on the top shoulder. The front has no major marks, just some light play scratches above and below the strings. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, action is low, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Frets have some minor wear, they're in great order 8/10 for fret life left. Setup with fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.