The Guitar Gallery Forums - The Guitar Legacy of Matsumoku

Q&A, discussion, and information for the labels covered by The Guitar Gallery (Specifically and exclusively guitars made by Matsumoku up to 1987)
It is currently Fri 01 Jul 2022 09:50 PM

All times are UTC - 5 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic
 [ 27 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Sat 12 Mar 2022 06:45 PM 
Offline
Power Chorder

Joined: Sat 12 Mar 2022 05:58 PM
Posts: 11
Hi folks!

I just bought a guitar. It appears to be a TA 100 but the series isn't printed on the truss rod cover.

Also.. it's name is slightly different...

ARIA PRO ll Titanic Artist, not Titan artist.

I'm fairly certain it's a genuine aria pro ll.

Anyone got any clues what this guitar is??

Cheers

Lee


Attachments:
20220312_234014.jpg
20220312_234014.jpg [ 58.64 KiB | Viewed 325 times ]
20220312_234310.jpg
20220312_234310.jpg [ 61.96 KiB | Viewed 325 times ]
20220312_234425.jpg
20220312_234425.jpg [ 50.31 KiB | Viewed 325 times ]


Last edited by Bulkington on Sun 13 Mar 2022 01:07 AM, edited 1 time in total.
Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Sat 12 Mar 2022 09:34 PM 
Offline
Axe Slinger

Joined: Wed 05 Aug 2009 10:48 AM
Posts: 73
Location: NW Washington State
The headstock and serial number look convincing, but I haven't owned a TA100. The picture of the front is too small to tell much. It would be interesting to see the back of a pickup and the pickup cavity, and also the label inside. What is that label(?) on the back of the headstock?

Maybe it's been at the bottom of the sea for nearly a hundred years! :)

-Steve W.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Sun 13 Mar 2022 12:37 AM 
Offline
Power Chorder

Joined: Sat 12 Mar 2022 05:58 PM
Posts: 11
Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's a genuine Aria. I'll be removing the pickups etc soon to give a clean. I'll have a look at what's on the back of them then.

The sticker....


Attachments:
20220313_053233.jpg
20220313_053233.jpg [ 35.24 KiB | Viewed 298 times ]
Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Sun 13 Mar 2022 12:47 AM 
Offline
Power Chorder

Joined: Sat 12 Mar 2022 05:58 PM
Posts: 11
Picture with tail piece on...


Attachments:
20220313_054538.jpg
20220313_054538.jpg [ 72.45 KiB | Viewed 292 times ]
Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Mon 14 Mar 2022 09:47 AM 
Offline
Virtuoso
User avatar

Joined: Wed 29 Apr 2009 12:32 PM
Posts: 3558
Location: St. Catharines, Ontario Canada
Looks like the real deal to moi. :up:
It was not uncommon to see a model name change early on in the marketing of many Japanese guitars, including those made by Uncle Mats.

Initial translation caused misinterpretation and typo's to occur but were usually quickly corrected (eg. in the Vantage line we saw the "Entertainar" model which changed to the "Entertainer".

I suspect "Titanic" was the original model name but conveyed the wrong image given the history of that iconic ship. The correction to "Titan" was what they were originally shooting for methinks.

_________________
G U I T A R S : http://legend.barryeames.com/guitars.html
M U S I C / P I X / V I D E O S : http://getback.barryeames.com


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Mon 14 Mar 2022 11:30 AM 
Offline
Virtuoso
User avatar

Joined: Sun 15 Jan 2006 04:52 PM
Posts: 1566
Location: Absolute Stupidity, Missouri
In some cases identical models meant for different markets (e.g. Japan, Europe, US, Canada) sometimes country specific would be labeled differently. A few had series name changes depending on intended market.

The serial number should put that guitar in the mid 1980s.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Mon 14 Mar 2022 06:26 PM 
Offline
Power Chorder

Joined: Sat 12 Mar 2022 05:58 PM
Posts: 11
Interesting stuff guys. Thanks for your opinions.

I took the bridge off...


Attachments:
20220314_232509.jpg
20220314_232509.jpg [ 74.32 KiB | Viewed 183 times ]
Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Wed 16 Mar 2022 01:32 AM 
Offline
Power Chorder

Joined: Sat 12 Mar 2022 05:58 PM
Posts: 11
Crusty wrote:

The serial number should put that guitar in the mid 1980s.


Thanks Crusty. How did you figure that out?


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Wed 16 Mar 2022 07:13 AM 
Offline
Virtuoso
User avatar

Joined: Sun 15 Jan 2006 04:52 PM
Posts: 1566
Location: Absolute Stupidity, Missouri
I was going on the headstock. Couldn't see the serial number but it should give you the year in which it was made.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Wed 16 Mar 2022 07:34 AM 
Offline
Power Chorder

Joined: Sat 12 Mar 2022 05:58 PM
Posts: 11
Crusty wrote:
Couldn't see the serial number but it should give you the year in which it was made.


Serial is 104853


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 27 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next

All times are UTC - 5 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group