Aria Pro II TSB-650 Thor Sound Bass Walnut 1982
Aria TSB-650 Thor Sound, walnut finish, made in Japan 1982. First up: surely THOR SOUND is the best heckin' name for a bass ever, right? In the early eighties, Aria was owned by the same crowd as the famed Matsumoku factory, and these kinda seem like an excuse for them to show off just how well they can build an instrument. The neck-through construction lends this a huge amount of natural sustain and resonance; it's a super friendly neck that's held up perfectly through the decades. The body is ash, with some outrageously tasty grain (anyone else seeing the eye of Sauron in that top half?) with the five ply walnut-maple neck striping through the middle; it's a cool look. Being a medium scale with slim neck and relatively light in weight, this is an absolute breeze to play. The tone is awesome: heaps of attack and grit with an aggressive but choral midrange. The 'sound switches' act like a coil-split, so you can get a mire mid-heavy grinding HB style tone or a plucky, more scooped single coil kinda thing; both awesome to hear. This is surely a stellar piece of craftsmanship and will make some intergalactic demigod very happy indeed.
Model: Aria Pro II TSB-650 Thor Sound
Made: Japan, Matsumoku plant, 1982 (2022138)
Finish: gloss natural over walnut stained ash and natural maple
Body: ash wings, maple/walnut neck-through
Neck: maple with maple board, 32.25"/820mm scale, 12" radius
Pickup: Aria MIII passive pickup x2 w 'sound switches'
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some minor marks on the end. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor marks on the back only. The back has a little chip on the bottom horn and some widespread dimples and scuffs, no major marks. The sides hav minor dimples around the whole body but no large or nasty marks. The front is pretty clean, just a few dimples around the body and some play wear on the horns. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Frets have some minor wear but they're in great shape; 8/10 for fret life left. Set up with fresh 45/105 Moonshiners strings.