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PostPosted: Sun 24 Oct 2021 08:07 AM 
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I inherited an Aria Les Paul from a friend with a 6 digit serial no. starting with 0. All In found is that serials from 1980+ start with the according year (first digit), but they are supposed to have 8 digits. So is my guitar from 1980 or ist this something else?


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PostPosted: Sun 24 Oct 2021 09:49 AM 
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Here's a photo of the neck plate and the guitar. It has chrome knobs and a 3 button tross rod cover (which is missing).


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PostPosted: Fri 29 Oct 2021 02:16 PM 
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The serial numbers on the older Aria neck plates that include "STEEL ADJUSTABLE NECK" have no bearing on the date of manufacture but normally indicate early to mid 1970s.


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PostPosted: Sat 30 Oct 2021 09:22 AM 
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Another way to date your guitar is by the pickups. If it's equipped with Maxon pickups (which is possible, because my 70ties PE-120 and PE-125 have them), their is a stamp on the back. The second number is the year number. So 5 for 75, 6 for 76 etc.

Hope this helps, Rob.


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