This is an awesome (and gorgeous) 1982 Aria Pro II TSB-550 from the Matsumoku factory.
Uncommonly lightweight for a neckthrough Aria at ~7 lbs, maple/walnut neck-through with ash body wings and super dark rosewood fretboard. Brass nut, heavy-duty brass bridge recessed into the body, single original pickup in great shape without microphonics (just a little rust on the polepieces).
It's super easy to play with a 32.5" scale and narrow string spacing at the bridge, and is very punchy and aggressive, kind of like a cross between a P-bass and the bridge pickup of a Rickenbacker. Absolutely *hammers* with overdrive, very much like a mini Cliff Burton bass. The neck profile is substantial, but comfortably so, and certainly is less massive than my '70s P-bass.
It's in incredible shape (not just for a 32-year-old bass, but in general) with just a few tiny dings in the clearcoat and on the tip of the headstock, and a couple areas where the finish around the fretboard has lightened.
I just don't play this enough to have it sitting around. Comes with an old beat-up hardshell case.
Looking for $500 shipped to you guys.
Open to trades, but as I'm trying to actually *reduce* the amount of stuff lying around here, I'd prefer cash.
Damn thats pretty!