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ARIA A100F

This guitar is a one of Arias’s high end flamenco guitar models. It comes from overstocked Japanese music store and has never been played. Its current price in Japan is 150 000 yen.

Aria A series guitars are made in China under strict supervision performed by Japanese Master Luthier. Quality of these guitars is no different from quality of older Aria guitars made in Japan.

If this exactly same guitar had a label "hand made in Spain" and $3000 price tag, it would be considered a super bargain by many experienced players.

This Aria A100F is at least 100% better than all Cordoba, M.Rodriguez, Alhambra, Kremona e.t.c "flamenco" guitars. It will easily compete with many “hand made in Spain” guitars available at $3000+ prices.

If you believe that only "hand made in Spain" flamenco guitars are worth your attention while looking for a great instrument at affordable price,  then this Aria guitar will change your thinking forever. If you believe that guitars sold in US stores for $2000+ are trully "hand made in Spain" you must have a really "huge wallet".

This guitar plays easy and sounds fantastic. It has traditional raspy flamenco sound at very impressive volume. Its action is set to 2.80 mm under E6 and 2.3 mm under E1, which is practically impossible to achieve on 80% "flamenco" flamenco guitars available on the market regardelss of their (often very high) tag price.  

Specs:

Top:Solid Spruce

Back and Sides:Solid Cypress

Neck:Mahogany

Fingerboard:Ebony

Number of Frets:19

Scale:650mm

Nut width:52 mm

Bridge:Rosewood

Hardware:Gold

Finish:Natural (N)

 This guitar will be shipped in brand new Hard Polyfoam Case.

Beautifully packed; and the instrument? Oh my word!!! It's gorgeous! Thanks!!Buyer:

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DEC-03-2014 "SURPRISINGLY SPANISH" ARIA A120 FCWE FLAMENCO CUTAWAY GUITAR IN MINT CONDITION (#191410827431)US $1,400.00

        Dear victork1962,

      I love this guitar Victor. Thank you very much! What a treat it is to sit down and play this instrument.

      - snlucy49

A Great Musician as a Seller consider yourself Lucky to do business with VictorBuyer:

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Feb-06-14 06:44 "SURPRISINGLY SPANISH" ARIA A120 FCWE FLAMENCO           CUTAWAY GUITAR IN MINT CONDITION (#201016497707)

HISTORY OF ARIA

"It all started with the classical guitar", says Shiro Arai, Chairman and the founder of Aria Guitars.

One day, a friend came to visit Shiro's apartment with a guitar. Shiro was expecting to hear Koga-type Japanese popular music, but instead his friend started to play a piece by Bach. From this moment, he had been inspired by the sound of this instrument forever.

The very next day, Shiro bought his first guitar, costing over two months salary and began to teach himself to play. Now playing day and night, his passion for the guitar brought him to a famous classical guitar master in Nagoya, and soon became one of his students.

Shiro started work for a trading company in 1947, aged 17. In 1953, Shiro and two of his colleagues resigned their positions and founded their own trading firm. After the fledgling company failed after just one year. Shiro found himself homeless with nothing but his guitar. In order to live and settle the outstanding debts from this first business he started to teach the guitar.

In 1954 unable to buy guitars, music and strings in Japan's music stores, Shiro started to import classical guitars, Augustine guitar strings, and musical scores for himself and his students. These were the first classical guitars imported into post-war Japan and included instruments from renowned makers Jose Ramirez and Hermann Hauser. Recognizing an increasing demand for guitars from friends and players throughout Japan, Shiro grasped the opportunity to start his own business. On August 2nd, 1956, ARAI & CO., INC was founded.

At this time, although demand for classical guitars and accessories were increasing, it was still comparatively low, and business was supplemented with other products including woolen materials.

The name, "ARIA", which means expressive melody, was first used in 1958 when Arai exported Japanese built classical guitars fitted with steel strings to South East Asia. Also, the letters of his name "ARAI" were just switched around to "ARIA as he recalled.

In 1963 Shiro embarked on a tour of the US with two of the best Japanese KOHNO guitars. At that time Japanese guitars had a poor reputation for developing body cracks and warped necks after being exposed to drier conditions abroad. It was Shiro's intention to prove how good Japanese guitars were by performing and showing to fellow guitarists, teachers and music shops. After two months these guitars also started to crack.

Even the best available Kohno guitars faced the same problem. Shiro took these cracked guitars back to Japan to show their makers just how vital it is to use properly seasoned tone woods. This trip gave Shiro the experience and knowledge to improve the quality of guitars and export Japanese guitars worldwide.

It was as early as the late 50's when Arai started to import Fender guitars and amplifiers from the US, although at that time the Japanese market was not quite ready for the electric guitar! With the advent of rock n' roll demand for electric guitars took-off. Arai released its first ARIA brand electric guitars in 1963. Exporting to the US followed with models including the 1532T and 1802T.

To counter the decline of the solid body electric guitar boom, Arai released the Aria Diamond series hollow body semi-acoustic guitars. Aria Diamond was named after the imitation diamond inlayed into the headstock. This series lead to the release of the 1202 and 1302 models in 1966 and caused nothing short of a sensation in Japan. From 1967 Aria added a variety of models including the solid body 1962T, R-320, and violin shaped 12-string and bass guitars, and a full acoustic guitar, the 1262.

In 1975, Aria Pro II was developed from Aria's custom shop making high-end models for professional users. In 1976, Aria Pro II released its first original model, the PE-1500.

PE (Prototype Line) is a classic Aria design, also known as the legendary masterpiece, it featured an arched top, and all maple carved body with Aria's original "heel-less neck and DiMarzio Super Distortion Humbucking Pickups. Primarily designed for tone and playability, the PE series has been modified to match today's trends while keeping its original features and timeless design.

In 1978, Aria Pro II released another long-selling model, the SB-1000. The SB-1000 was highly regarded throughout the world and came to represent everything that was good about Aria and Japanese guitar building. Featuring a Canadian Ash body with neck through body and, to enhance playability, a heel-less neck. For its original tone, SB featured the Aria original BB circuit. Its exotic see-through finish and the eye position marks make the SB amongst the most distinctive basses ever made.

Aria Pro II led the way with the 80's shift to Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Releasing many models such as XX, ZZ and U-1. Whilst not abandoning their routes also re-established the semi-acoustic guitar models, FA and TA. The 80s, also saw the introduction of the famous IGB (SB INTEGRA) bass series.

In the early 1990s, after the heavy metal rush, Aria Pro II released one of its favorite original models, the MA series to reinforce the PE and SB line-ups. MA series bodies are constructed with innovative crystal shaped carved top and back.

Continuing its remarkable progress, Aria released the very unique concept of the SWB (electric upright bass) series to the world in 1992. The SWB range offers compact modern design and features the Fishman custom bridge Piezo pickup and active tone circuit.

Aria has been at the forefront of guitar and Japanese guitar building excellence for 50 years, which means a wealth of experience and acquired expertise. The core value remains the same today, to constantly strive to achieve a higher level of excellence, quality and value for musicians.

Product Specs

Condition
Brand New (New)
Brand New items are sold by an authorized dealer or original builder and include all original packaging.learn more
Brand Aria
Model A100F
Finish Natural
Categories Classical, Concert
Year 2013
Made In China

I just received my 1974 Matano 400 from Victor. What an amazing transaction and such a gorgeous guitar! On Wednesday night, Victor spent an hour discussing guitars with me. 2 days later, I received the most beautiful and resonant guitar I have ever played. Victor has a wealth of information about guitars, particularly the older Japanese guitars. If you are in the market for a classical guitar, do yourself a favor and talk to Victor. He will find you the perfect guitar.

M O. - April 03, 2020

Excellent communication and fast shipping.

Bruno B. - March 18, 2020

Excellent! Guitar was in described condition. Very well packaged. Will absolutely buy from again in the future.

Jay S. - March 06, 2020

Victor is extra responsive and a pleasure to deal with.

Mark B. - February 19, 2020

Victor provided excellent servive once again.

James U. - February 18, 2020

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