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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Aria Pro II PE - SPL, or DLX?

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

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Dec 24th, 2017 09:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I recently won an auction for a LP copy, an Aria Pro II PE, made in Korea. Mine is a set-neck with the solid FB inlays, maple top, gold hardware, Duncan Designed HBs.

I'm not sure if I have the SPL, which is supposed to have the set neck with the diagonal marks in the fretboard inlays, or the DLX which is supposed to have a bolt-on neck with the solid FB inlays.

I don't know if the information I found is incorrect, or if someone at the factory happened to grab a neck that was most handy.

Any ideas?



Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Dec 24th, 2017 04:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Per a '94 Aria catalogue I found online,it's a DLX.

Leftee
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Dec 24th, 2017 04:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Link us!

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Dec 25th, 2017 03:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I always liked the Aria Pro guitars and basses from when they started appearing here at the very end of the 70s. They were much more than the usual far east copies but seemed to go out of favour after a couple of years. More recently, 2003 I think, on Ebay I got a single cutaway, quite thin bodied PE model with zebra stripe humbuckers, which I used just for slide for a couple of years before selling it to a pupil who really liked it. It played and sounded great.

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Dec 25th, 2017 07:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Link us!"

I'll need to re-track down the exact catalog page.

General Aria catalog search result

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Dec 25th, 2017 07:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I hope this link is good.

Edit--It is on my computer.

Aria Pro II PE-DLX catalog page

(This message was last edited by Tony Salieri at 10:21 AM, Dec 25th, 2017)

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Dec 25th, 2017 10:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice!

I remember those.

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Jan 1st, 2018 09:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I can understand why some players would replace the Duncan Designed HBs with PUPs that better suit their tastes, but IMO they're pretty good PUPs that don't need to be "automatically" replaced.

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Jan 1st, 2018 10:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I replaced the stock pickups in my Aria with some Kent Armstrongs, but only because one of the originals had a coil winding problem. And if I hadn't wanted the guitar just for slide I`d have done something with the nut, which was a little high. Otherwise it was a really nice guitar all round.

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Jan 1st, 2018 11:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The MIK Aria line is among the best guitar production to come out of S. Korea.

Which is very very good stuff.

You're going to like it.

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Jan 3rd, 2018 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"The MIK Aria line is among the best guitar production to come out of S. Korea.

Which is very very good stuff.

You're going to like it."

Some very nice guitars have come out of South Korea. I really like our De Armond by Guild electrics, and Alvarez A/Es.

The fit & finish is very good. Mine has the Brown Sunburst (I think that's the name Aria used), which is really attractive, a bit more subdued than the (more common?) amber burst.

As mentioned I find the stock PUPs very acceptable. Each has it's own sound, and they blend nicely with a little tone knob tweaking (2V, 2T). The tone doesn't change much until around 4, but that's not uncommon IMLE. The pots are small 500K, ALPHA brand I think (could only partially read the name on one).

Since I bought it used I can't speak for the factory/store set-up, but after putting on fresh .10s the intonation at the 12th fret is only a little sharp, with nice action with no fret buzz.

The bad news: The selector switch needs replacing, won't stay in position for treble or rhythm only (for now I'm using a temporary high-tech repair.....a toothpick). The jack 'pops' a bit occasionally, but it's OK for now for my living room playing. The nut has a chip, but still hold the 5th string with no problems (I'm not much of a string bender). None of these issues are complicated or expensive repairs.


Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Jan 3rd, 2018 11:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The gold finish on the hardware sucks, but that's pretty much a given on any players guitar with gold hardware.

weege1986

Hockessin, DE USA

Jan 8th, 2018 01:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good luck with your Aria Pro II. I have an '85 RS Knight Warrior. Its still my main guitar. A Strat style with an HSS set up. Its a very well made solid guitar. Enjoy it.

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