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Japanese Guitar History - Matsumoku and Aria Pro II

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by pinkpanda, Nov 29, 2020.

  1. thatkeithmorris

    thatkeithmorris TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    I’ve had a mid 80s Westone Spectrum ST for about 25 years. Bought it (ab)used so I could learn how to mod, then used it as my main guitar till I got my Tele. A friend who is learning luthiery is currently renovating it so I’ll do a thread on it soon. These are fine guitars and very well made.
     
  2. Henley

    Henley Tele-Holic

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    It's a champ on everything... except death metal. :p
    7pc. walnut/ash neck thru... w/solid ash wings,. it's a sustain monster.
    18v system.

    It has low pass filters controlled by Q switches that provide 3 different sounds that can be mixed/added to the pickups without changing the overall frequency response.

    That just means you can change the sounds on the fly without affecting anything else,.
    The stock pickups are Alembic USA. Most all '79-early 80s RS-850's have 'em.
     
  3. knopflerfan

    knopflerfan Tele-Afflicted

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  4. Sollophonic

    Sollophonic Friend of Leo's

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    Its a 1981 Paduak 1.

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    Nice chunky neck on these, though the bridge is a bit strange and not the most efficient. Works for me, though some owners have trouble with theirs
     
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  5. aging_rocker

    aging_rocker Tele-Afflicted

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    Back in the dim and distant past (early 80's) I briefly had one of these (not this particular one). I was amazed at how little difference in quality and playability there was between this the Gibson I owned at the time. Sounded pretty great too.

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  6. SecretSquirrel

    SecretSquirrel Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    [​IMG]

    I absolutely love that look. :) The horns, the binding, the finish, everything.
     
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  7. harpdog

    harpdog Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Thanks...these are special. Just declined yesterday on a fancier one for sale locally, and was going to post the listing, but it sold today.
     
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