Most guitars produced by Arai such as the Aria Diamonds not to be confused with the Aria Pro II Diamonds , Lyle, Conrad, Maxi-Tone, Japanese Epiphone, Univox, and the other pre guitars often had serial numbers usually on the neck plate I imagine so dealers could track warranty, etc. Unfortunately the number was arbitrary and had little to do with when the guitar was produced. After Arai joined forces with Matsumoku, the serial numbers began to have some bearing on the guitar's production year and rank in production sequence. Serial numbers on these guitars were arbitrary numbers and did not indicate date of manufacture. When dating these guitars only ballpark ranges is possible. One tip is the type of pickups.
Mahogany with arched maple top. Bindings front and back. Looks like three pieces, possibly maple spine sandwiched between two strips of mahogany. Long tenon glued into the body with two additional screw fixings within the neck pickup cutout. Rosewood with 22 frets and fret bindings. Large block mother of pearl inlays. Really low action without any buzz.
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Aria arranged for Matsumoku , the musical instrument maker, to build the guitars for them under contract. Arai and Matsumoku started building acoustic guitars in , and then electric guitars in , using Arai, Aria, Aria Diamond, Diamond, and much less frequently, Arita brand names. The Aria brandname was changed to Aria Pro II in late , though this has been used mostly but not exclusively for electric guitars and basses. In the mids a few models including the Fender Stratocaster -inspired Fullerton series guitars and the Steve Bailey 6-string fretless signature bass were made in the United States. This section contains content that is written like an advertisement.