Aria Pro II TAB Classic Bass SBKRef.: 21957
MODEL: 335 Hollow Body
SERIAL NUMBER: 41017112734
COLOR: SBK (Translucid Black)
RIGHT/ LEFT: Right
HEADTSOCK: Std Pro II
BODY: Maple double cutaway
INLAYS: Wh dots
SCALE: 864mm (34″)
PICKUPS: TAB AMH-4 Humbucker x 2
SWITCH: 3 way
ELECTRONICS: 1 volume, 1 tone
BRIDGE: TAB ASB-4 series
INCLUDES: Gig bag
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: China, designed in Nagoya, Japan.
Aria Guitars Co. is a Japanese manufacturer of musical instruments. The company, sited in the city of Nagoya, produces electric, acoustic and classical guitars, electric basses and ukuleles through several brands sucj as Laule’A, Mojo Gig Bags, Fiesta, José Antonio, Pignose …
Founded by Shiro Arai in 1956 as “Arai & Co., Inc”, the company began retailing acoustic guitars in 1960, although did not start manufacturing their own brand until 1964 through a collaboration with Matsumoku. Arai and Matsumoku started building acoustic guitars in 1964, and then electric guitars in 1966, using Arai, Aria, Aria Diamond, Diamond, and much less frequently, Arita brand names.
The Aria brandname denomination was changed to Aria Pro II in late 1975, though this has been used mostly (but not exclusively) for electric guitars and basses. All guitars were made in Japan until 1988, when production of less expensive models (Magna MAB/MAC and Integra IGB series) was switched to Korea and later on to China.
In the mid-1990s a few models (including the Fender Stratocaster-inspired Fullerton series guitars and the Steve Bailey 6-string fretless signature bass) were made in the United States.
Aria Pro II made some copies of established designs such as the Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul, in addition to original designs In the ’70s and early ’80s they produced a series of high end professional instruments. The company had endorsements from Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen, Neal Schon, John Taylor, Henrik Flyman, Loose Wayne and SS of Dark Frost and others. Cliff Burton of Metallica used an Aria SB Black N Gold I as well as an SB-1000 bass but was never an official endorser. He has a posthumous “Signature Model” called the SB-CB produced in Korea.
Another user of the Aria Pro II SB-1000 was Cronos of the band Venom. Some of the professional models were known as Firebrands because of the Firebranded Aria logo on the reverse of the headstock. The Firebrand guitars were produced in small runs. They were then given to either named artists who promoted Aria Guitars or to top dealers as gifts. Firebranded Guitars were produced to a higher standard than production models.
Aria has also built amps, such as the 10W Birdy.