Dating aria bass
Two major issues defined the progress of electric guitars for most of the seventies.
1) Companies outside North America vastly improved the quality of their guitar manufacturing and 2) Companies inside North America – namely Fender and Gibson – took their eye off the ball and did exactly the opposite.
I could not wait to go out and buy a UNIVOX Les Paul for 1/5th the price of the real thing!
Damn, it was so inexpensive that I could almost afford to smash it on stage! But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.
The Ventures were very popular in Japan and that is why so many Mosrite copies were made during the 1960’s and the 1970’s. Lastly is a fantastic Tokai Set Neck with the historic Sunburst Finish. The 70’s Tokai’s go for nearly the same price as a real Gibson these days. MORE MOSRITES A few years back I wrote up a piece about my pursuit for the perfect Mosrite copy.
Few of them, however, compare to the real thing as shown on the 1980’s guitar page. Scattered across the 1960’s through the 2002’s guitar pages you will find almost two dozen different attempts. On the left, a nearly perfect 1972 Mosrite Ventures Model. Next to that are a pair of Univox Hi-Flyers and a Silvertone Slider.
This allowed some elbowroom for Gibson and Fender to rethink and retool their operations to fortify their position in the market.He bought his own the next day, which cost two months worth of pay, and he became a skilled self-taught classical guitarist.In 1953, Shiro started a trading firm, but when it failed a year later, he found himself homeless and burdened by many debts.As Aria notes on its official website, the story of the Aria guitar begins in Japan in 1940s in an apartment where a man named Shiro Arai lived.His friend brought home a classical guitar, and Shiro, not expecting such an instrument, was stunned by its sound.Then I had a custom pickguard made at WD Products in Florida. SOME FORGOTTEN GEMS An early 1970’s Conrad Strat and a Lotus Les Paul.New pots, switches, bridge, etc and a few days locked in a room. The Conrad and the Aria are extremely well build guitars while the Lotus is most certainly not.Not only was the manufacturing quality improving, but the quality of the REPLICATION was reaching new highs.The lawyers at Gibson started to get restless, and young guitar players like myself were also getting restless…He began importing classical guitars, strings, and sheet music to meet demand, and he founded ARAI & CO., INC., the entity responsible for the first guitar imports into post-WWII Japan.In 1958, when he began exporting Japanese-built acoustic guitars to South East Asia, the name "Aria" was used instead of his surname "Arai." The word "Aria," besides being a play on letters with the founder's name, means "expressive melody." In 1963, Aria began exporting electric guitars for the first time with its models 1532T and 1802T.