Before we dive into anything detailed, lets discuss the Aria G300.
It was handmade by the Famous Ryoji Matsouka, Luthier. Made in Japan ~1975.
It's in amazing condition and looks and plays wonderfully.
This guitar is designed on the Gallagher (G-30) guitar, the one that American songbook folk legend Doc Watson used. The story of that guitar is quite a charming one; check it out. The Doc Watson Model is by far the most recognized Gallagher Guitar. and retails for around $4,000 at Gallagher today.
Gallagher guitars have never aimed to be a huge manufacturer and have stayed humble and professional all its days. The wave headstock and the distinct pickguard really gives them their own image. Which is hard to craft a unique and recognizable design.
Comes with Hard Case
This Aria is a really well preserved guitar for its age (made around 1975 as far as catalogs guide me), with a lot of special features that set it off very nicely.
It is a dreadnought body shape with herringbone purfling around the soundhole and body binding and has that distinct pickguard in tortoiseshell. It features a solid spruce top, which often occurred around the 30,000 Yen price mark of the time, which was this guitars release price of the time.
Time has enhanced it from drying out and aging, which along with being quite a thin soundboard, has developed into a fine round sound that lingers; quite bright and treble-some, which works well in folk playing and as a harmonizing guitar up the fret board, where it sings clear of the chord strumming of the other. Having never played an original Gallagher guitar, I don't know how close the sound is to it's idol, but it is pleasingly distinct from the others Martin and Gibson styled guitars we have.
The sides and back are indian rosewood, with cream binding, and a central intricate mosaic-design purfling between the two pieces that make the back. The neck is on the chunky side, with a strong C profile, and is a 3-piece, with a volute neck joint. The fingerboard is in rosewood with pearloid snowflake position markers, and is again set with cream binding that has aged a vintage amber.
The headstock features that distinct wave design, faced with a jacaranda (Brazilian rosewood) veneer. Aria altered the ornate G headstock logo into an A.
The tuners are quite special and unique, with a gotoh style design but with ornate A inlays to match the headstock logo. I assume these are Japanese made, and they work excellently.
It is all very thorough and detailed; no less than i have come to expect of Aria guitars, but it is pleasing to have so many of the original features.
Inside is stamped with the brand, model number and "made in japan", and is clean and tidy.