Arai ZZ series guitar - catalogues or good info ?

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-Alan-
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Arai ZZ series guitar - catalogues or good info ?

Post by -Alan- » Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:04 pm

Hi.

I've just acquired this MIJ Aria Pro ii ZZ Explorer:

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Excuse the poor quality of the pics - they're all I have at the moment.
The guitar is a bit battered, but seems to be largely in original condition.

One oddity is the maple fingerboard - many of them came with maple necks and rosewood fingerboards, but I haven't been able to find any pictures or info on ones with all maple.

Can anybody point me towards somewhere where I might be able to find additional info on this particular model ?

Thx,
Alan

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Post by Loudmouse » Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:08 am

Here's me playing my brothers ZZB Deluxe bass with maple board way back in the day.
Pretty decent bass as I recall. He used to get his Entwistle on with it but he really wanted an Alembic!

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I heard they threatened Tokai with a lawsuit, but they never got to Cort?

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Post by -Alan- » Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:02 pm

Cool pic.

Looks like that body shape and front pickup position are just about perfect for Bassmen :)

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Post by soundcreation » Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:52 am

http://www.matsumoku.org/models/serial_no.html

Looks like it's a 1983. Unfortunately the aria site doesn't have a catalog on file for that year and all the other ones simply state rosewood as the only option.

I wouldn't really worry about it though. They were probably pumping out a ton of guitars at the time and were just throwing together maple necked ones because they knew there was a demand for it, without specifically marketing it that way.

It's going to be an alder body regardless.

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Post by -Alan- » Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:52 pm

Thanks sc.

Makes sense in the world of high vol assembly.

I did manage to find one catalogue pic, which looks fairly similar - so it must have been or became an 'official' combination at one stage:

http://www.matsumoku.org/models/ariapro ... s/pg1.html

Maple neck and Alder body sounds good to me :)

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