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 Post subject: Aria Pro II LC-440
PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 6:34 pm 
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Hiya fellas... yes, I know; not an Electra but as near as I'm going to get down here!!

Have a look....

http://www.matsumoku.org/ggboard/viewto ... 3&start=10

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 Post subject: Re: Aria Pro II LC-440
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 3:20 am 
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Sweet flame on that one John!

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 Post subject: Re: Aria Pro II LC-440
PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:47 am 
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Very interesting John, haven't seen that one before! Very nice flame. 3 pickups, bet that's fun.

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 Post subject: Re: Aria Pro II LC-440
PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:09 pm 
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Thats so cool, an Aussie Frampton Comes Alive guitar! I love it. Guitars with 3 humbuckers, any brand, are the coolest thing. Did you say the dimensions of the guitar are different because of the 3rd pick up? One day I'd like to get one. Any one. The Frehley and Frampton sig models are top of my list (wish list that is) but the New Mockingbird and now the Aria looks pretty cool too. Once again my friend you come through with the coolest stuff around, and a road trip! :up: :up:

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 Post subject: Re: Aria Pro II LC-440
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:02 pm 
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Ha!! Yeah... courtesy of a very kind bloke out west, this one!

I'm in the process of 'blacking it' out as the gold hardware was badly tarnished and rather than have everything re-plated, and because I think gold hardware looks a little tacky, I opted to replace everything shiny with black. Finding the right tuners was an act but we're undeway again now as I have ordered the Gotoh SG301 04 Bs and am just waiting for them to front up in the mailbox!

More later....

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The knobs - whilst being correct for the guitar, don't look quite right to me... ideas?? I'd rather not use tophats or speedknobs, eh!

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 Post subject: Re: Aria Pro II LC-440
PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:52 pm 
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Job's done, lads... whaddya reckon??

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All I've done is swap out the tatty gold hardware for black and painted the pickup covers etc.; Gotoh bridge and locking tuners - which, incidently, worth every darn penny!! - meant that no new holes needed to be drilled.
Action is low and slick and the intonation was as near as darn to being bang on out of the box, so it is eminently playable and sounds awesome!

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 Post subject: Re: Aria Pro II LC-440
PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 4:28 am 
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First thing that comes to mind is MEAN! Looks bad to the bone, like it would kick your butt in a heart beat.

I dig how you kept some gold going on, the black also ties in well with the dark burst theme. Very cool buddy.

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So how do you like the 3 pup idea, sound wise?

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 Post subject: Re: Aria Pro II LC-440
PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 8:30 pm 
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Great job John, the locking tuners look great.

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 Post subject: Re: Aria Pro II LC-440
PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 1:27 am 
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Okey dokey.... this was wired all wrong as both Don and I got it, so after an awful lot of to-ing and fro-ing and trying to find out how it might have been wired OEM, the brains trust at Matt.org gave me a gentle shove in the right durection and we're now good to go!!

I've wired the selector as per LP - n/n&b/b - and run the middle straight to the output jack through its own volume pot; a jumper to the tone pot - with a 22μf Orange Drop cap - allows some sound shaping. The middle pickup is always on and the volume pot is more of a blend control, and I can have each pickup on its own with judicious tweaking of the volume pots.

Added to this is a coil split; this thing has bags of options and sounds mega - very easy to play, too!!

If you see one of these for sale, grab it!

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 Post subject: Re: Aria Pro II LC-440
PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:59 am 
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That's crazy John, sounds fun! :up: Never played a 3 humbuggy geetar!

Good job.

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 Post subject: Re: Aria Pro II LC-440
PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:38 pm 
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Wow, great job john. Thats still a cool looking guitar.

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