Dating aria pro ii guitars
Throughout its 22-year business relationship, Aria remained Matsumoku's principal client.Matsumoku often preferred using Aria as its business agent, and many of Matsumoku's contracts were written by Aria with Matsumoku stated or implied as sub-contracted manufacturer.Matsumoku also manufactured drum kits under the Aria name, initially under licence from Remo who had identified a gap in the market for low-cost drum kits in the compact 5-piece "rock" configuration as innovated by the Rogers Power Tone range in the early 1970s.Gibson decided to move Epiphone production to Japan in the early 1970s and chose Aria as its contractor.
Aria Diamond was a name chosen for its early hollow bodied electric guitars.Hayashi is best known as the designer of the Aria Pro II, SB-1000 bass and the Aria Pro II, PE series guitars.Some of these were made with Maple bodies but higher end had Ash Body models such as the PE1000 with Protomatic pickups and the PE1500 with Di Marzio Pickups. On the other hand, shortly after the World War II (1939-1945), the Singer Corporation had established a Japanese subsidiary, Singer Sewing Machine Company, Japan, and set up production facilities in Nagoya.Matsumoku Industrial was contracted to build its sewing machine cabinets, and in 1951 Matsumoku became a partially owned subsidiary of Singer, Japan.Design engineer Nobuaki Hayashi (currently with Atlansia) became part of Matsumoku's engineering team in the mid-1970s. Noble", appeared on many of the Aria Pro II instruments he designed.