Thru the mid-late ’70’s and into the ’80’s, some major US brands were in a real ‘down’ era. Quality suffered, and some Japanese makers stepped up their game to fill in this void.
Matsumoko was one of these makers. They made instruments for many companies, one of which was Aria. Astute observers at the time took note that the quality offered by Matsumoko was as good as or better than that offered by the more well known US companies. Everyone needs a kick in the pants sometime, a wake up call.
Note the pro neck repair, done in 2011 by Cincinnati based tech Justin Kennedy. The bass has been tuned to pitch since and remains stable and strong.
This example was made in 1982.
- 34″ scale Maple and Walnut neck
- Ebony fretboard
- Ash body
- Simple layout – volume, tone, series / parallel switch
- OEM Aria replacement pickup
This bass is in very nice shape, especially considering it’s age.