I wasn't saying it was an Ibanez, but rather a Fujigen (who built Ibanezes). Japanese guitars very often came without any brand name on the headstock because one factory built for many brand names.If i remember correctly Ibanez placed their title on the top of the headstock (i might be wrong, did saw a few such LP models), maybe they didn't put it on this model (which is strange), or maybe i just bought the whole MIJ story and i wanted to lie to my self in order to make the purchase
I guess the best way might be to contact Fujigen directly. What you are saying makes senseI wasn't saying it was an Ibanez, but rather a Fujigen (who built Ibanezes). Japanese guitars very often came without any brand name on the headstock because one factory built for many brand names.
Sorry for the late reply regarding this.Wrong, it's Japanese. What are you even basing that date on? It has no serial number visible. It looks like an LS-450:
Japanese guitars had three screw truss rod covers sometimes.
At least make an effort to know what you're talking about before exclaiming "WRONG!"
Thanks for the reply. You're probably right. The lack of a serial slipped by me.Sorry for the late reply regarding this.
First and foremost Matsumoku never produced an Aria Pro goldtop with a black back.
Second of all the lack of a serial number is a major indication that it was not made by Matsumoku.
Third, the inlay on the headstock looks wrong, it does not look like the normal pearloid that Matsumoku used.
Fourth, that extremely square plastic nut is not made by Matsumoku.
Finally, why are you referencing a page on matsumoku.org that doesn't even list goldtop as an option for the LS-450 and claim that it might be that guitar?
Let me quote you: "At least make an effort to know what you're talking about before exclaiming "WRONG!"".
When it comes to Aria Pro I do know what I'm talking about.
I've read, examined and translated almost every know catalog from the Matsumoku era. I've studied hundreds of guitars on the internet and probably over 100 in person.
But I'm just an internet person and you don't have to believe a word I'm saying.
I'm sorry if I'm coming across a bit rough, but there is so much BS going around regarding Aria Pro and the Matsumoku era of the brand that I get agitated when people make statements that are obviously incorrect and they'd know it if they actually did the research.
I've noticed Samick did not use serial numbers at all on most of their own Japanese market models until 1994 or so. None of the Diamonds of that era have serials either, but I have seen the internals and they match Samicks. So it's a safe bet, but I won't be certain until I see some more.I've seen a few of these blackback goldtop AP II guitars for sale and if memory serves me right I saw a cavity shot of one and it hade the telltale small pots of a korean guitar.
My knowledge of Aria Pro quickly fades when we leave the Matsumoku era since that is what interested me, but I believe it's been determined that production was moved to Samick when Matsumoku closed.
The LP in question is probably from the early 90's but then it should probably have a serial number... so a lot of questions remain. Inspecting one in person could probably help, or having good high res photos.
But either way, definitely not Matsumoku and most likely not japanese either. To me it has more signs of korean manufacture.
As to the incompleteness of matsumoku.org, you are indeed correct. The website is extremely incomplete, some information there is plain wrong, etc.
I do know they are working on an update though.