Aria Pro II RB700N Bass Natural Maple 1979
Aria RB700N bass, natural maple, made in Japan 1979 approx. A bass in this style is on 'the list' for a lot of players, but a legit vintage Ric will set you back a small fortune these days. Aria Pro II stuff from this era is all made in the famed Matsumoku plant in Japan, so this cheeky 'lawsuit' era is built to a brilliant standard from some lovely maple. It's not too heavy and rings out enthusiastically unplugged; it's very lively in the hands. The neck is a moderately chunky D-style number that balances well against the body and feels very reassuring. This one has weathered it's four decades handsomely, save for a minor bridge repair (see below) it's all original and looks great. The tone on offer is a grinding, growly punch; perfect for aggressive styles and certainly enhanced with a bit of overdrive. These aren't easy to come by these days, so if it's in your sights, don't hesitate too long!
Model: Aria Pro II RB700N
Made: Japan, Matsumouku plant, 1979 approx (serial 106013)
Finish: gloss natural, 1-ply white guard
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 10" radius, 33.25" scale
Pickups: Aria RB-1 x2
Mods: bridge repaired; see notes below
Case: original hard case, clips rusty but functional
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. Headstock has some minor scuffs on the end. Neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. Back has some minor scuffs only, mostly around the bottom edge. The sides are pretty clean, just a dimple on the top horn and a couple of minor chips near the jack. The front is pretty clean, just some light scuffs around the bridge and play wear on the guard and top horn. Overall: very good condition (8/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. Electronics all tested and working properly. Frets have minor wear only, 8/10 for life left. The bridge is bent slightly at the back, as is common with Ric-style models, but the saddle slots have been professionally adjusted to correct the action, so it's all functionally fine. Wearing fresh 45/105s.