The active pickups will have a slight hum when you have the treble turned all the way. Also, the volume pot has a crackle when turning it off or on.Besides that, this bass is an excellent addition to anyones collection. I bought it a s a backup to my $450 Traben, but I like the fatter sound this bass has. If only I knew!!!
Model Year: 1986
Where Obtained: serial # on the neck plate.
Made in Japan, at Aria's home plant. The neck appears to be maple with a rosewood fingerboard. It has 21 frets with pearl dot inlays. It has a pickup selector switch to go from P to J pickup, it has a pickup blend knob, it has a passive and active switch, so if your battery dies on stage, just flip the switch, and you have passive p/u's. It also has one volume, and one tone knob. The body style is very metal as the crowns curl to a point. Very NICE bass.
The action on the bass is very good. You have easy access to adjusting the neck because the torsion rod can be adjusted as there is no cover plate for it. The brideg isn't a bad a-- bridge, but its still better then the ones you see on standard Fender and Ibanez basses.
The sounds you can get out this bass are incredible. with the pickup selct switch you can go from punchy, to a nice jazzy sound.
I have the standard Aria Pro II P pu, and a Carvin jazz pu in the bridge position.
Its almost 20 years old, and the paint is in great shape, The previous owner must have droppped it on its bottom because the strap peg on the bottom was bent a bit. I didn't really care, I wanted a set of strap locks anyway.