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    Mystery Les Paul copy identification thread

    You can see the plywood layers in the cavity shots. It's too much color variation for it to be routing marks.
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    Mystery Les Paul copy identification thread

    Does not look like Matsumoku to me, electronics look wrong and I don't think they made any plywood guitars but I could very well be wrong on the latter part. The fact that it is a plywood body indicates Korea to me.
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    Help on ID of an Aria Pro II

    Serial says it's from August '78 and as Roxy points out, definitely Matsumoku made. The models I stated in the previous post are still valid. Would need to check pickups and body construction (pickup cavity shot should do) to have a chance to say which it is. I never comment on price based on...
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    Help on ID of an Aria Pro II

    @GammyBird & @Roxy13: Headstock shape is fine. It's one of the alternate designs that were used in certain international markets in the late 70s / early 80s. The shape of the truss rod cover is slightly weird, but apart from that it looks like a legit Matsumoku-made Aria from these two...
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    Mystery Les Paul copy identification thread

    Wrong. They are (because they still exist) a Japanese company. Their current production is in Korea among other places (I think). They did have production in Japan as well until the Matsumoku factory closed(1987). Some high-end models were still produced in Japan (and some might still be, I only...
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    What year is this Aria Pro II Standard LS-500 Les Paul?

    I'd really rather not. There's too many unknown variables: - I don't know the market in Australia - I haven't played this specific guitar - Pictures don't tell the whole story (e.g. are the frets worn and need replacing soon, etc)
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    What year is this Aria Pro II Standard LS-500 Les Paul?

    Do not make the mistake of thinking an old MIJ Aria Pro has the same quality as a modern instrument by the same brand. The Matsumoku era guitars (1976-1987) are really good instruments and nothing like the modern MIK counterparts. As for the guitar in question it could be from 1977-1979. Based...
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    The MIJ Classifieds: please read the rules before posting...

    Navigator had the N-LP-400CTM which was a black beauty with staple pickup. Very rare and one I'm trying to find myself.
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    The MIJ Classifieds: please read the rules before posting...

    Always double digits. Two examples: 60 = Cherry sunburst 64 = Tobacco burst For LPs it always seems to be written in the bridge pickup route. Occasionally there is also additional writing in the neck pickup route which is currently unknown (it changes between guitar with the same color. Could...
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    Mystery Les Paul copy identification thread

    Definitely made after Matsumoku closed, so post 1987 and most likely korean made. Can't really help more than that since the korean models never interested me, but should be making a search easier.
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    The MIJ Classifieds: please read the rules before posting...

    Not sure if the writing in the control cavity has any bearing on year. For LPs, the writing in the pickup routes are color codes for which color that particular guitar was to be painted. I haven't done any extensive research on the strats, but am fairly confident to say that it's the same there...
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    ARIA PRO II PE no serial number. Help.

    Looks like late 80s or early 90s and made in Korea by Samick as you mention. I'm not an expert on the Arias made after '87 but if I remember correctly, the early ones made by Samick did not have a serial number as Samick started using those sometime in the early/mid 90s.
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    Pearl LP matsumoku

    I've owned one and perhaps played one or two more. The one I owned were of good build quality and overall a good guitar. Pickups might've left a little to be desired, but they were not bad at all. As with many brands produced in Japan there was a range of models from cheap bolt-ons to high-end...
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    Trying to figure out approximate age and model of Aria Pro II

    Good question. Not sure I have as good of an answer. In general the LS-500 has a solid maple top but I can almost swear that I have seen one or two examples with ply top (but only early guitars, i.e. '76-77)
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    Trying to figure out approximate age and model of Aria Pro II

    They only used Grovers on a select few high-end models. Definitely not on an LS-500. Their own Grover replica tuners can be found on models as low as LS-600 though.


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