SOLD : my 1982 Aria Pro-II SB-1000 'Super Bass' - fretless
In the late 70s / early 80s, the Japanese Matsumoku factory had progressed from picture-perfect copies to their own immaculately engineered and very creative original designs, and king of the basses was the Aria SB 'Super Bass' range, headlined by the top of the pile SB-1000.
Matsumoku / Aria had clearly been contemplating the pathway laid down by Alembic, and countered with their own 'boutique' offering, the SB-1000. With a double octave 34" scale 5-ply maple / walnut neck, all-brass hardware and a Canadian Ash body, the SB-1000 certainly looked the part, but backed this up with its double coil MB-1 pickup feeding the proprietary 18V 'BB' active, noise - defeating circuitry, including a 6 - way filter enabling a surprisingly wide range of 80s tones, from deep reggae through to burbling & popping mids and snappy tops. All to the liking of John Taylor, Jack Bruce and Cliff Burton, to name 3 celebrity users.
To this confection, this vanishingly rare fretless version adds a warm, menacing growl.
This bass, which is a second generation 'bookend headstock' model, is in extremely good, all-original condition. The electronics all work, the 6-way filter provides the requisite 6 different tones, and the natty front face LED featured in these bookend versions blinks away in classic 80s sci-fi style once the bass is plugged in.
With its railroad - straight, C-section neck, it is simple to set a very low, super-speedy action & wallow in all the 'mwaah' that results. There are a few minor dings around the body sides and a couple of contusions in the lacquer on the neck (see photos), but these barely dint the majestically thick and luscious clearcoat that Aria saw fit to lavish on these 1000 series models.
In the day, the SB-1000s were renowned for the dense and vibrant wood grain finishes that Aria coaxed from its timber, all different. I'm biased, but if you find a more attractive one than this, please let me know !
Non OEM quality hardcase included (see pix) - price is exclusive of shipping costs.
Happy to answer any questions, not happy to sell this beauty, but I need the space...