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Post by corsair on Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:30 pm

yI thought I'd shared this, but can't find it so here we are! On the move to NSW we stopped at Dons' for lunch and he forced this on me at what is a very reasonable price, considering I've been harping at him to sell it to me for ages....

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Aria Pro II PE150 from about 1978/79, in beautiful condition.

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... really riffing on the Gidson LP Junior double cut from the era when the Japanese were copying other manufacturers products.

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I played this when he first got it, and was deeply impressed by the playability, tone and workmanship that was evident... he acquired an APII PE-Supra at the same time that I also handled and which has to be the most over-engineered guitar I've ever played - the fit and finish were beyond fabulous! - but this wee thing sounded SO much meatier, and aggressive!!

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Post by corsair on Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:42 pm

Some more..

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Those are Schaller tuners with pearloid buttons, so before Gotoh was involved...


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I know very little about wraparound bridges; anything I should be aware of??

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Post by corsair on Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:48 pm

Very Happy A few more detail shots...

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.... I love the little details like the pointers under the knobs!

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So there we are; yet another old guitar has snuck into my care.... bear in mind that I have only two guitars  with me presently as everything is in storage in Queensland until we get ourselves sorted out, so I have this, and the Corsair.... and no amplification!!

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Post by Westbone on Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:18 pm

Very nice instrument...wish I had one... Smile....just as good as the Gibson. If not better.

Just a name on the headstock.

Made those early Aria's as a real good copy. Top guitar. Bet your pleased.
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Post by Barry on Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:22 pm

Oh mate, what a beauty, you lucky bastwerd! Dance 1

An LP junior has been on my wish list it seems forever. I particularly covet the single pup version in TV yellow and tort pick guard. But hey! I ain't picky! This is just a gorgeous machine.

As for wrap around bridges, many can suffer from bad intonation problems since they are often a solid bar, with or without compensation facets. In those cases you have to rely on those set screws at the ends to fiddle about and try to get it in tune.

But our Uncle Mats is all wise and will have none of that nonsense! You have not only the benefit of the wrap around bridge, but also individual string adjustment. Excellent.

And just for the hell of it, you also have the set screw adjustment if needed. Can't get much better than that.

It does feel wrong though, bending a new string in such a tortuous way.  Confused 2

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Post by jorg on Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:24 pm

That is beautiful!!
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Post by corsair on Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:33 pm

Thanks, chaps; yeah, Damian, well chuffed, eh! From memory, this thing absolutely rips - quite a different sound compared to the Toneriders P90s in my Avenger; really brutal! And it is a gem to play....

Thanks, Barry - I'll set to with a rule and some tools soon and sort out the action and intonation; the action is a bit low for my liking so that needs to be addressed.

It's a sweetheart, eh!!

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Post by corsair on Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:12 pm

So.... breaking it down a little for general cleaning and some anomalies come to light...

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a Leo Quan Badass bridge. German made. Not sure what to make of this... I know nothing about them.

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One of these things is not like the others... one screw lost and the replacement needs a wee spring to keep it in place!

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... the bridge post holes look pretty ragged, and I must assume that the Badass posts were a different size to the OEM. However, someone has taken some time and care to line the bush hole with individual round pieces of wood, and then lacquered into place.

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Post by corsair on Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:17 pm

Pickups....

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...no markings from factory.

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Output readings seem bang on from my reading about P-90s?!

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Post by corsair on Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:21 pm

Lastly, 

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Pots straight onto a PCB!!

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3 part knobs?! That sleeve is rubber; attention to detail much!

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Post by Barry on Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:33 pm

...a Leo Quan Badass bridge. German made
So...Uncle Mats was not all wise after all?  Puppy Eyes

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Post by corsair on Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:10 pm

Barry wrote:
...a Leo Quan Badass bridge. German made
So...Uncle Mats was not all wise after all?  Puppy Eyes

I don't know what was on there as OEM, but given that was an inch perfect copy, perhaps it was a straight copy of the Gibson bridge?? 

Badass bridge seems to be well regarded, according to what I can find on the electric interwebs...

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Post by Barry on Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:06 am

I wouldn't be upset about your bad ass Johnny. clown

It's head and shoulders above the usual wrap around bridge.
Rock it baby , rock it!

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