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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5402
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, April 03, 2013 - 4:44 pm:   Edit Post

I was doing some research on the Aria Pro II Rev Sound guitar, specifically the RS-850 model. This is a guitar from the late 70's/early 80's sporting hippie sandwich construction and an 18 volt Series I type electronic package. A couple of sources claimed that Alembic provided the pickups and maybe the electronics to the renowned Matsumoku factory in Japan which built the Aria (along with other brands, including Ibanez). Anyone have any info on this? (especially Mica). The Aria is a very nice guitar, obviously Alembic-inspired, (check out the inlays and the tailpiece), and the electronics do seem to act like like a Series I. Here's some info on the Aria Rev Sound Series.

Bill, tgo
Username: mica

Post Number: 7951
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, April 03, 2013 - 5:56 pm:   Edit Post

We supplied Alembic pickups and electronics to Aria for their Rudy Sarzo bass model. These were made in the 1980s, and we always had a really good relationship with Mr Arai.
Username: staemius

Post Number: 98
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, April 04, 2013 - 11:13 am:   Edit Post

Funny, was just reading up on that guitar yesterday. I had a 750 for awhile (with passive electronics) - great guitar.
Advanced Member
Username: blazer

Post Number: 206
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 10:38 am:   Edit Post

Gotto love those Matsumoku made instruments, they offered extremely good bang for the buck and were nearly indestructible

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