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Aria Pro II PE-175

Aria_PE_175In 1987 I was planning on going to a music college, specialized in jazz, which required a real jazz guitar. I bought this secondhand Aria Pro II PE-175, Herb Ellis signature model (its serial number starts with a 2, so probably it’s from 1982).

It has been made in the Matsumoku factory, known for manufacturing many quality guitars for several Japanese midrange brands. Aria also was a midrange brand, but with this model they wanted to make a real quality guitar. Its model number, PE-175, seems to suggest a reference to the Gibson ES-175, although it really isn’t a one-to-one copy of that. It sooner resembles a compact kind of Gibson L5.

As often is the case with midrange brands, when they do make a quality guitar the price-quality ratio can be very good. Because of their midrange image they can’t really ask a top price for their instruments, even when they are (almost) top quality. Back then it was a guitar of around 900 dollars (new) (a Gibson ES-175 then already would have cost 1400 dollars), nowadays – if you can find one – they’ll sell for around 650 dollars.

Nowadays I often use it when being asked to play in a big band. This guitar plays very easily and has a warm yet transparent sound. With its pickup switch in the middle position, it’s even possible to get a very usable, clear funky rhythm sound out of it.

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Posted 21/01/2014 by L in Blog, My guitars

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Gypsy Guitar Swing – royalty free

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Cheerful, uptempo gypsy guitar swing tune, with two acoustic guitars, acoustic bass and subtle drums. Includes main theme and some fast solos.

Jazz Guitar Logo – royalty free

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Short, fast jazzy guitar riff and some jazz chords with Hammond organ, bass and drums.

Guitar Jazzrock Logo – royalty free

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Short, fast fusion/jazzrock riff on electric guitar with bass and drums.

Jazzy Lounge Groove – royalty free

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This tune has a smooth, relaxed jazzy groove and sound. Melody played by a warm sounding jazz guitar, accompaniment by funky rhythm guitar, keyboards, bass and drums. Could be used as interlude, background or lounge music.

Feeling Good – royalty free

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A light, happy, optimistic tune, played by two acoustic guitars and brushes on drums with a funky rhythm, bringing into mind days when everything goes your way and you’re really feeling good.

Jazz Guitar Swing – royalty free

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Up tempo swing blues scheme, played on jazz guitar and piano, accompanied by drums and acoustic bass. Cheerful, light and optimistic tune.