Aria Pro N Ii Frontier 615 (tele)

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  1. tonray

    tonray Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    So I was all set to head down any pick up my Swing Strat...then while strolling the local mall ...there was a small shop which is part of a larger distributor's mall presence...that had this.......I'm smitten

    Shop would not let me take pics.....SMH...I always ask in Thailand but some malls have policies about pics...so these are the rever pics. I think I will get this as long as there are no issues with frets or electronics. (but have a dentist appt today....gum abcess....ouch...so will need to wait)

    https://reverb.com/item/25438875-aria-615-frontier-ivory

    $130 bucks at current exchange rate (which is the worst rate in 6 years BTW...ouch dollar vs baht)
    Reverb list it for $279.....WTF ?

    Seems to be the going street price in USA is $199...so at $130....a value buy too !

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    tonray Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    Wow...this guy should get a commission from Aria...

     
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    slowhand84 Well-Known Member

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    Nice, I believe this is one of the newer Chinese Arias and not the older MIJ stuff, but should still be a nice grab at $130 since even the Chinese Aria stuff is well built (minus some hardware and other replaceable/upgrade-able stuff).
     
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    tonray Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    Yeah definitely the China made ones... But still pretty decent reviews on balance.
     
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    For sure! I had a few of the STG models (also Chinese) that I got for around $80-100 a pop and they were very nice guitars, I would say 90% on par with a Fender MIM.
     
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    What this world needs is a good $130.00 tele. That looks great to me.
     
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    That off white one looks fantastic.

    Slap a 5 hole single ply PG & you're good.
     
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    tonray Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    Minty Green?

    I'd like to pop a mini hum in the neck someday... Hmmm..
     
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    I would tend to agree. I have an STG hsh and it plays fantastic I did put in some better alnico pickups but it's a wonderful guitar and very close to being as good as a Mexican.
     
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    tonray Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    The Tele is a done deal this week...but also checking the FB page of the shop...they have a Metallic Blue STG that might be a great mod platform for something I always wanted...strat with Rails and HB. RRH config. Pic from shop....cheap as dirt too...something like $120 bucks...maybe some vintage tuners and same color headstock down the line....possibilities....

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    Thinking:

    Black Pickgauard
    Neck: Black Rail pickup
    Middle: Black Rail Pickup
    Bridge: SD P-Rail

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    tonray Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    Hey could either of you guys confirm what the rout is like under the pickguard ? Is it ready for 2 Humbuckers ? T-glo obviously is now...but did you need to route it or came that way ?
     
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    t-glo Well-Known Member

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    I really dont know cause I had it done by my tech so I never saw the inside.
     
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    I think mine were swimming pool routed so it wouldn't have needed any routing for an extra humbucker, but I don’t have em anymore so I can't be 100% sure. Also the models I had were a little bit different from the STG you showed (they had an additional mini switch that I think was an onboard boost or something of the sort), so not sure if the routing differs from model to model.

    I imagine it would be easy enough to have the store just loosen the strings a tad and pull the pickguard aside slightly to check for you if you wanted.
     
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    tonray Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    Thanks.. But more than likely I'd just do a 2 single rail and then HB in the bridge. Trying to get Thai staff in a shop to do something out of the norms they operate in is laughable. You ought to see them scramble around and try to help me when they see me start tuning to Open G. They think I'm daft.. Ha ha
     
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    Try asking a Guitar Center clerk a question here in the states, lol. "Uh...you're asking about the fret size on this strat? Um....large?"
     
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    That mini switch is only on hss and hsh setups. Its a coiltap. Works very well. Mine is a hsh and you really hear the difference.
     
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    The saga continues :

    Took an up close and personal with the Aria Tele tonight.

    The good: solid quality construction, fretwork decent, fretboard looks and feels great. Finish good and color to my liking.

    The bad: tuners standard sealed button, maybe good maybe bad but just look cheap. Lacquered but unstained headstock.. Just makes the guitar look cheap. While the finish looks good, up close there seemed to be about a half inch wood depression almost like you see on a soft wood if you ran your nail into it and them finished over it.

    I tried to ask the goofy guy there if he could order a new one due to the flaw and he obviously was just a drone mall staff as this is a distributor who sets up these in mall shops and I guess uses mall staff for sales. He just shrugged and basically said 'Mai Dai' which means can not.

    So based upon this I will not get the Aria Tele.. Looks like a great mod platform for anyone interested in maybe refinishing the headstock and swapping out the tuners.

    But having had a Maya brand Strat last year for awhile, I know the quality level is high, with standard Wilkinson pickups, and vintage tuners. So.... To make a Ling story even longer.. Gonna grab a Maya Tele after I recover from my Thursday tooth extraction.. Ouch.

    Here is the Maya I'm thinking about: $175

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    So the maya is made in japan for 175.???
     
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    tonray Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    Nope.. Same deal as Aria now... Use the old MIJ brand name and move manufacturing to China. But quality.. The Strat I had last year was very close to Classic Vibe quality.
     
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    Gotta find these in the states.
     

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