But then we have your serial number: S6078776, which you think might be from 1987 I'd like to know what info you got to come to that---for science! Oh yeah the guitar pick guard has drawings on it on top a butterfly and flowers on the bottom looks like a cutaway shape on the pick guard. Gibson changed the look and sound of Epiphone's best selling archtop, the Casino, when production shifted to Japan. Modest , small steel stringed , and violins were built and marketed in the mid-1960s. Acoustics are covered only in the catalog scans. Gibson restructured after being sold by Norlin and began to move its Epiphone production to other Japanese manufacturers and to Korea.
Look at the first number of your serial number if one exists. Here are even more new models! We have recieved literally thousands of requests for information on models not currently covered here. Through 1987, Aria guitars serial numbers represented the year of manufacturer as either the first one or first two digits of the serial number. Still no idea on the date. In 1960, Arai contracted Guyatone to manufacture guitars. In particular, the catalog scans have been grossly abused in this way. The result was a Casino that looked more like a short scale Riviera.
With such a large number of years in production, owners of Aria guitars often want to know what year their guitar was made. . He was at an event to launch his in Tokyo and I was able to attend! Apparently the current owner still gigs with this bass, which some people might not like. Though the names above reflect Matsumoku's involvement, many of the names were later sold to other companies, which made completely different guitars in quality and sound. I hate to part with any of my 'children' but I know I can't play them all so.
Failing to abide by this will result in a ban. It was unplayable and pretty much a lost cause. The weight was not too bad for this one, coming in at around 10 ½ pounds. Design engineer Nobuaki Hayashi currently with Atlansia became part of Matsumoku's engineering team in the mid-1970s. The name Matsumoku appeared on the neck bolt plate of some guitars they built. Matsumoku could not afford to buy itself out of Singer and in 1987, closed down.
Just in my experience with Aria basses from the '80s to the '90s, the ones with 3 piece necks were a lot less likely to warp. I have made them before myself from simple laminate. For example, a guitar made in the 10th week of 1988 would have the first four digits of 8810. Matsumoto Musical Instrument Manufacturers Association is also the name of a musical instrument manufacturing cooperative, headed by Gotoh. No comparison, it was a pale imitation. Effects Happy Up to 63 effects and still going. Please add an in-depth description along with your link.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. If you have information as mentioned above, or anything else that would add to this effort please contact us and we'll get it up here as soon as possible. These have a wider spacing and aren't very collectable, so I would probably buy one, especially an original fretless. I just picked up an older Aria bass this morning and am not sure as to when it was made could anyone help me out? It even came with the original hardshell case. I'm curious about its production date. Established in 1951 as a and firm, Matsumoku is remembered as a manufacturer of and , including some and guitars. A serial number beginning with 8910 likely means the 10th week of 1989.
It was owned by a company whose main product was sewing machine cabinets - musical instruments were just a sideline - if I remember they were under contract to one of the major manufacturers, possibly Singer I can't remember for sure , and lost that business. They also seem to have more maple fretboards than I've ever seen from Aria. Some top line and special edition guitars are still manufactured in Japan, however, most Aria guitars are now produced in Korea and China. The Firebrand guitars were produced in very small runs. American owned Unicord contracted Matsumoku to build most of its and Westbury guitars. ! Shortly after the 1939-1945 , the had established a Japanese subsidiary, Singer Sewing Machine Company Japan, and set up production facilities in. I settled in the Carolina's after my time in the Army.
I would like to know the year and country where it was built. Specifications on Epiphone archtops changed throughout the Matsumoku era. Tell us how you get on, Paul I appreciate that. If you have a model that is poorly represented we always welcome good pictures and use whatever we can. Only thing I can figure is that the very early Korea-made versions of this guitar have a different numbering system than later, less ambiguously serialized guitars. Rules for Posting to - Posts that violate the rules will be removed without notice.
A lot of people were skeptical because of the high price and also the fact that people only recognized Cliff's Black 'n' Gold which had oval inlays and gold hardware. If only there was a picture inside the control cavity on this bass. I saw that post was from North Carolina and it seems plausible that may very well be the instrument I carried home. I couldn't find much for info, other than they appear to be Matsumoku made for the European market. Aria basses emit a heritage sound and that been played by many legendary bassists such as John Taylor Duran Duran and the late Cliff Burton Metallica. I was also able to find another set of numbers on the neck stock,those are 1014351. There is occasional confusion between Matsumoku and Matsumoto.
Surprising to me with all the info available on the web, this message thread was the only info I found on a Johnny Pro bass. I have one of these the very same although mine is in better condition and newer. Here is a Link to offer some other insights. In the 70s and early 80s the company came into its own in the United States with a series of high end professional instruments. Arias are nice bass btw, congrats. Occasionally a special individual comes forward with additions, and hopefully you are one. The serial number on the label inside the sound hole is 00081, which I think means made in 1970 and the 81st made that year of that model.