First year of production by Matsumoku, the legend of Japanese guitar builders! I live in Japan, so maybe stuff like this is a little easier to find for me, but I have never seen a 1976 Matsumoku built Aria ever! I know knock-off guitars are a little, ehhhh, but this thing is built like no other. There's some dings in the frets 1-5 like it fell on it's face at some point, perhaps that can be addressed. I paid 370 dollars for it, and that's the best sound 370 dollars I've ever spent. I always wanted a Tele, but I have too many guitars as it is. 3 Strats, a Flying V, an Explorer, a Martin, and a 7 string. Might sell something else, just because too me this is too many guitars. Here's some pics.. I don't know how much these Backaroos get mentioned around here, but if you ever see one, PLAY IT, and you'll probably be unable to let it stay in the store. You can really tell they put heart and soul into putting these together. This model is the Aria Pro II TE-400BL. Something besides it being a '76 that is interesting is that the serial number starts with a letter. Apparently it was never documented as to why some Matsumoku guitars had a letter and others of the same model did not.