Aria Diamond 1970's? Any thought?

dbb541

Senior Stratmaster
Oct 14, 2010
1,521
Eugene
What's it say on the neckplate? If it says "steel reinfoced neck" it's probably a Matsumoku build. If it only says "made in Japan" it's likely Fujigen. It does have lower end tuners but I bet it's a quality build if made at either factory.
 

dbb541

Senior Stratmaster
Oct 14, 2010
1,521
Eugene
After looking more, I think it's pretty early 70's, it has a plastic nut. Also guessing the tremolo has been changed out, I doubt they had a big block like that.
 

Stu78

Senior Stratmaster
Apr 20, 2019
2,216
Scotland
After looking more, I think it's pretty early 70's, it has a plastic nut. Also guessing the tremolo has been changed out, I doubt they had a big block like that.
Thanks. Mmh, those were my thoughts also. However that said for £150 it's worth a look. Not sure what the bodies made from either.
 

Stu78

Senior Stratmaster
Apr 20, 2019
2,216
Scotland
What's it say on the neckplate? If it says "steel reinfoced neck" it's probably a Matsumoku build. If it only says "made in Japan" it's likely Fujigen. It does have lower end tuners but I bet it's a quality build if made at either factory.
I can just make out the neckplate, Steel reinforced neck. Matsumoko then? 🙂
 

dbb541

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Oct 14, 2010
1,521
Eugene

FrieAsABird

Senior Stratmaster
Mar 18, 2020
3,490
Germany
From all that I’ve heard and seen, those are the lowest end model from that era, with very cheap tuners, at least two parts of maple for the headstock etc, so I would only get it if I had the chance to try it before :)
 

Stu78

Senior Stratmaster
Apr 20, 2019
2,216
Scotland
From all that I’ve heard and seen, those are the lowest end model from that era, with very cheap tuners, at least two parts of maple for the headstock etc, so I would only get it if I had the chance to try it before :)
Absolutely, too fiscally challenged (i.e. broke) these days to buy guitars blind. But mabye worth a bus trip to have a look, only 5 miles away. 🙂
 

DJGranite

Senior Stratmaster
Feb 12, 2012
1,329
Maine
It's definitely a Matsumoku guitar.
Aria, Arai, Aria Diamond, Aria Pro II are all Matsumoku house brands.
It's most likely a Mach 1 AE-500 because earlier models like the A-1723 has a truss rod cover.
At 150 it's a deal.

Earlier still was the 1803t that had some cool pickups.
Here are a couple pics of my 1803t.
Its about a 1970-71
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Might be worth digging around here http://www.matsumoku.org/cm_models/category/ariaelectric/
 

Stu78

Senior Stratmaster
Apr 20, 2019
2,216
Scotland
It's definitely a Matsumoku guitar.
Aria, Arai, Aria Diamond, Aria Pro II are all Matsumoku house brands.
It's most likely a Mach 1 AE-500 because earlier models like the A-1723 has a truss rod cover.
At 150 it's a deal.

Earlier still was the 1803t that had some cool pickups.
Here are a couple pics of my 1803t.
Its about a 1970-71
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Might be worth digging around here http://www.matsumoku.org/cm_models/category/ariaelectric/
Nice, thanks for the link. Much appreciated. 🙂
 

Handsome McClane

Senior Stratmaster
Sep 6, 2020
1,999
Sacramento
I'd pick that up in a second. Old Matsumoku guitars are very cool and will only go up in value. Friend of mine bought an Aria Pro II Cardinal brand new; it's still going strong and the only thing he's had to do is replace the nut. Pickups sound like they came from a good Les Paul too.
 


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