|Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 5:32 pm: |
Hi guys, first time poster here. Just recently discovered this forum when searching for info on my new purchase.
I'm picking this LP up on Wednesday, here are some pics.
http://img479.imageshack.us/my.php?image=610869601 05fk2.jpg http://img479.imageshack.us/my.php?image=613273364 44vv0.jpg
The guy I'm buying from says he's doesn't know what model it is only that the guy he bought it from thinks it's japanese made and maybe from 1985-90. He has changed the tuners and humbuckers, and apparantly put on a Gibson logo.
Any info you can give me will be greatly appreciated. I will be able to take better pics of it on wednesday if required.
Any help at all, would be great. Cheers
|Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 11:56 am: |
I too think it is a 1980's Japanese guitar. I am quite sure it was not an Ibanez however.
|Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 2:13 pm: |
Its an Aria Pro, mid 80's..most likely a plywood body....I recognise the diamond inlay on the fretboard. Nice guitars, crappy build....
|Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 9:28 pm: |
So not Ibanez?! .. Weird, they guy said it was an Ibanez .. but you guys would know. I paid 457$ (3200 NOK, 1 Norwegian Crown beeing about 7 Dollars.) for it, about the same as my Epi Lp Special II.
I'm sorry, if it's an Ario this doesn't belong in an Ibanez forum, so I'll stop posting about it, but is the guitar not worth what i paid? Crappy build etc.?
|Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 10:31 pm: |
Jaws, Actually they are very decent guitars for the $, just not Ibanez..
|Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 10:59 pm: |
Thanks man, that's what I wanted to hear. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a bone to pick with the seller.
Thanks for all your help guys.
|Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 - 1:41 pm: |
Hadn't Aria stopped using the "open book" headstock by about 1976? Even their later 70s LP-based designs had the PE type tapered headstock that became common to lots of Matsumoku designs.
If it's an 80s Japanese instrument, then presumably it would have been non-export, with that headstock. Maybe a Greco? Does it have a serial number?
I think the price you paid seems fair (for Europe), although the fake logo likely devalues it somewhat.
And all of a sudden, every vintage Japanese guitar, regardless of what's on the headstock, becomes an Ibanez as soon as it's for sale!
|Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 - 4:38 pm: |
I might have an answer for you. I have a guitar with the exact same inlay on the headstock. It's a DeVille that is very close to all the other Japanese copies made in the 70's. Mine was given to me by a friend in the late 90's and it sounds amazing. I have A/B'd it against Gibson Les Pauls and it eats them for breakfast. I did fit new pickups though - Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers. I have used the guitar on countless recordings and I always use it on the road. It never leaves my sight.
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