Aria Pro II CS-400 1982 Made in Japan & new hard case
Matsumoku built guitar from the 1980's
The CS or "Cardinal Series" range from Aria Pro II were built in Japan at the famous Matsumoku factory in the early 1980's. You see quite a few CS-350's for sale online. They were a nice guitar but the 350's had a bolt on neck and basic electronics. The CS-400 was a whole different ball game with it's Ash body & carved top. It had a set neck. MMK 40 Promatic Humbuckers with both coil splitting & in/out phase mini switches. A really nice guitar.
This particular instrument came in in excellent condition for the year. I haven't really had to do anything to it. The only thing I noted was that the pickup screws had been replaced with gold ones. The originals being chrome but probably badly rusted. Anyway, I have now replaced them with the correct chrome ones but this only shows in the last two photos which I took in my workshop to show the correct pickups. you'll note that the screws are chrome in the last photo.
This particular guitar has been really well looked after but does have one or two little nicks and blemishes which I have photographed and are in the gallery. The fret wear is also minimal for the age of the guitar. Like other CS-400's, it plays really nicely. I like them and I think for around £400 they are really good value.
Here's some spec I found online:
Aria Pro II CS-400 Specs:
Neck: Maple 3-piece
Fretboard: Rosewood with dot inlays
Body: Ash with Carved Top 3-piece
Scale Length: 630mm or 24.8-inch
Nut Width: 1 11/16-inch
Pickup/Control Layout: Two Humbuckers, Two Volumes, Two Tones, 3-Way Pickup Selector, Two Mini Switches
Weight: 7-lbs 12.5-ozs
New fitted LP style case from Thomann
Guitar has mini switches for coil-taps and reversing polarity for the two Protomatic V Humbucker pickups. Finish is a deep gloss red. One unique feature is that the bridge can either be top strung or body thru. Called the Thru-the-body or Quick-hook bridge design. This option allows for different string tension.