The PE-1500 is definitely brighter and personally I don't like the Super Distortions that the original came with. Too bright and too harsh in sound. I tried several different pickups but it wasn't until a friend tried humbucker-sized P90s that we found, in our opinion, the best pickup type for...
I can only speak for the originals, not the reissues.
But with that said, you can't really compare them since the PE-1000/1500 have all maple bodies while the Supra has a mahogany body with a maple top.
So they will play quite differently and definitely sound differently.
With that said, the...
Not from '81 unfortunately. Aria did not produce any bolt-on LPs at that time.
Also the tuners indicate an earlier year since they used double-ring tulip tuners on most LS models from '79 and onwards.
As far as I remember, the only bolt-on LS is the LS-430 from 1976.
(I'm not counting the...
That is unfortunately a common misconception regarding Aria Pro, that they were all over the place and basically took whatever was in reach and put it together into a guitar.
That is very, very far from the truth and I suspect that the reason this misconception exist is simply because very few...
No serial guitars can be pretty tricky to nail down to a specific year and model, even more so when it has had some modifications done to it.
With that said, most no serial Aria Pro guitars are from 1977 but also some from 1976. So I would say that yours is from that period, '76-77.
No, not Aria Pro since that brand started in '75 and they did not do bolt-ons with rounded fretboard edge.
It could be an Aria (not Pro) but I'm no expert on those. But to me the body shape is off as well as the headstock shape.
So to me this does not look like an Aria.
Mostly correct. Most 77s had serial numbers, but for some reason certain guitars in '77 (and possibly '76) left the factory without serial numbers
I doubt we will ever find out why.
Nope, not a bad memory at all. Also take into consideration that if the guitar was produced in June, then it...
Made in June 1978.
Serial format is MMYXXX.
This color was not available in 1980 so serial format YMMXXX is not possible.
Roxy is correct regarding headstock shape. It was used for certain export markets.
Badpenguin is absolutely correct about it being a PE-125. Without serial it will not be possible to say exactly which year it is from but it should be '76-77.
(And made in the Matsumoku factory in Japan)
And body is made of maple, not pine.
If you are aware of the difference why write that it's an LC or LS?
The 5522 is an Aria model, not Aria Pro, if I'm not mistaken. So it can't be that either.
I have physical copies of many (most) catalogs which are my sources together with many years looking at, and researching, Matsumoku made...
You will never find a plywood Aria Pro made by Matsumoku so... yeah.
LC = LP Custom
LS = LP Standard
And according to the OP it's a bolt-on and that limits the potential models a lot, and I mean a lot.
So if you go back and read my post you will find which model it most likely is...
If the year is correct and it is a bolt-on then it is an LC-500 and tuners are most likely replaced.
According to catalog it should not be hollow (if I translated it correctly).
Might be worth noting that the neck is maple.
One thing that tells us it might not be Matsumoku is the tenon.
I can't recall ever seeing a "normal" tenon on a Matsumoku produced LP and that goes for many of the brands they produced, not only Aria.
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.
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...
@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...
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...