Aria GIBSON ES-335 remake from the 70's

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  1. Runawaysolo

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    I recently started fixing up the wiring on an aria hollowbody jazz guitar I was given about 10 years back thats originally from the 70's. Its an Aria copy of a Gibson ES-335 with the sunburst colour finish (Hollowbody Jazz). I cant find too much info on it online so I was hoping someone would have some info or know where I could find out about it more. Thanks in advance
     
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    A Japanese classmate of mine at Berklee had one of those back in 1984. His was red, had a set neck, black witch hat knobs, and played very well.

    As far as I know, they were never sold outside of Japan. Some of the lower end models had bolt on necks, but those were still very good as well.

    I had an actual 1980 Custom Shop 335 at the time, complete with Classic 57 pickups. I thought my Gibson sounded better due to the pickups, but the Aria replica played just as well.

    It was a great guitar.

    Sorry I can't provide more info, but at least you know yours isn't the only one!

    Ps. It was simply an Aria, not an Aria Pro.
     
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    Aria were typically made in the Matsumku factory. They can can be extremely good or they can be weird and quirky but kind of cool depending largely on era. As a rule of thumb, earlier ones had a bolt on neck and crude internal construction with no centerblock (often they're completely unbraced with a soundpost the only reinforcement), where as the latter ones were fairly close copies of a late 70s style ES335 with a set neck and centerblock. If you have the former and is still in reasonable condition it might still be a really cool guitar as long as you don't expect it to sound like a 335.

    If you can post photos we can tell more easily what you have.
     
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    Welcome to TDPRI. Do post photos of your guitar. We have plenty of Aussies on here, they will have been more likely to have seen a Japanese built guitar than the rest of us, but you never know who will provide that missing information you need.
     
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    I had one of the bolt-on neck models back in the 80s. It did have a center block and it played and sounded pretty good. I did replace the pickups with SD 59s and I gigged with it for a couple years.
     
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    Howdy and welcome!
     
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