Aria AC-30 - Classical Guitar - Matano - 1970s - Japan
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ARAI AC-30 1970s - Classical Acoustic Vintage Guitar
This guitar was made in Japan, sometime around 1970 per serial 0522.
Made my M Matano in his workshop.
Since the origination of ARAI & CO. INC in 1956, Shiro Arai was cooperating with several classical guitar makers. During late 1960s and early 1970s Aria classical guitars were made either by Ryoji Matsuoka’s workshop (Ramirez style headstocks, 650mm scale) or Masaru Matano’s workshop (original Aria headstocks, 658mm scale).
Each workshop these guitars were made at (Matsuoka’s or Matano’s) had Ramirez style bracing, double sides and/or double backs. This special construction greatly reduces the effect of sound dumping caused by the body of the player. It all leads to great volume and extra richness of every individual note.
It is very powerful instrument. This Aria AC30 has great overall tonality, note clarity and separation. Its basses are very deep but clean, somewhat metallic. Its trebles are fat but sweet and very clear. This Aria doesn’t overpower its trebles. Its action is set to simply be easy playing.
Despite its age this Aria AC30 guitar remains in overall very good condition, or “excellent for its age”. Its only flaws are of cosmetic nature: few very minor dents, scratches and abrasions. Nothing of immediate notice.
It is simply an amazing instrument. It is one of those “hard to put down” guitars. When you experience this guitar, you will know that it certainly deserves to be called “Grand Concert Guitar”.
Top: High Grade Solid Cedar
Back: Brazilian Rosewood “laminates”
Double Sides: external plate Rosewood laminate, internal plate: solid Rosewood
With at the nut: 52 mm
Scale: 658 mm
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