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Arai ZZ series guitar - catalogues or good info ?

 
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-Alan-
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:04 pm    Post subject: Arai ZZ series guitar - catalogues or good info ? Reply with quote

Hi.

I've just acquired this MIJ Aria Pro ii ZZ Explorer:

[IMG]https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg529/KellyAC99/0/8307f9b0-258f-47fd-a873-a8677ad5eae5-original.png?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds[/IMG]

[IMG]https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg529/KellyAC99/0/424b145d-3537-4308-a81a-14bd6d33c3d4-original.png?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds[/IMG]

[IMG]https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg529/KellyAC99/0/a0d72eda-adee-43bd-b97a-5fcc73e853a5-original.png?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds[/IMG]

[IMG]https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/gg529/KellyAC99/0/41b58552-8af6-433b-b733-22a71f406924-original.png?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds[/IMG]

Excuse the poor quality of the pics - they're all I have at the moment.
The guitar is a bit battered, but seems to be largely in original condition.

One oddity is the maple fingerboard - many of them came with maple necks and rosewood fingerboards, but I haven't been able to find any pictures or info on ones with all maple.

Can anybody point me towards somewhere where I might be able to find additional info on this particular model ?

Thx,
Alan
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's me playing my brothers ZZB Deluxe bass with maple board way back in the day.
Pretty decent bass as I recall. He used to get his Entwistle on with it but he really wanted an Alembic!


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-Alan-
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool pic.

Looks like that body shape and front pickup position are just about perfect for Bassmen
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soundcreation
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.matsumoku.org/models/serial_no.html

Looks like it's a 1983. Unfortunately the aria site doesn't have a catalog on file for that year and all the other ones simply state rosewood as the only option.

I wouldn't really worry about it though. They were probably pumping out a ton of guitars at the time and were just throwing together maple necked ones because they knew there was a demand for it, without specifically marketing it that way.

It's going to be an alder body regardless.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks sc.

Makes sense in the world of high vol assembly.

I did manage to find one catalogue pic, which looks fairly similar - so it must have been or became an 'official' combination at one stage:

http://www.matsumoku.org/models/ariaproii/ads/adpages/pg1.html

Maple neck and Alder body sounds good to me
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