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PostPosted: Fri 01 Dec 2023 04:18 PM 
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What exactly is "Lawsuit Era" anyway? :no: The lawsuit was filed in 1977 between Norlin and Hoshino, AND it was settled out of court, AND Hoshino had already abandoned the open book headstock for models exported to the US. 1977 was a year NOT an era.

This thing is just a badly abused bolt neck LP. It doesn't even have an open book headstock. Probably have to clean it with a hazmat suit. Guitar Center is looking for this one!

https://reverb.com/item/50099682-aria-p ... 1980-black


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PostPosted: Fri 01 Dec 2023 04:33 PM 
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"Lawsuit Era" usage is crazy.

Speaking of your favorite store GC :D
you'll like this VIntage V52 put in the VAntage search.

https://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Vanta ... -Guitar.gc

I wish it were a Fender and not a $450 (new) VIntage guitar.

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PostPosted: Fri 01 Dec 2023 05:53 PM 
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:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

You get a guy at GC than can actually take more than one decent pic and he can't even read! :toopidlol:


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PostPosted: Sat 02 Dec 2023 04:53 PM 
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Crusty wrote:
What exactly is "Lawsuit Era" anyway? :no: The lawsuit was filed in 1977 between Norlin and Hoshino, AND it was settled out of court

Yeah, and my understanding is that there wasn't even an actual lawsuit just a "cease and desist" order on pain of one.

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you'll like this VIntage V52 put in the VAntage search.

I'm a big Vintage guitar fan (I have 4 of them) and they consistently punch above their weight with excellent build quality and Wilkinson electronics and hardware.

Sadly they are almost as rare as rocking horse poo in Canada now and when you you do find one the price has gone up just like our beloved Matsumoku guitars have.

It's also frustrating to search for these things because the name invariably gets interpreted as looking for vintage guitars generally rather than a brand logo. :roll:

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PostPosted: Sat 02 Dec 2023 05:09 PM 
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Since our beloved guitars have soared to heights only attainable buy the rich I've been hunting down more recent gems others overlook.

Greg Bennett (3) (RL4, TR10, UM3)
Drive Wildfires (3) (X, X2 and X3)
Switch Vibracell (3) (Wild-I, Wild-IV, Innovo-IV)
Ashland by Crafter (2) (DC special, PRS clone)
Crafter (1)
Silvertone SP1N (Samick) (1)
Samick Artist (1)
Brownsville New York (3) (Two DCs, one LP)
Karera LP (1)
JR Beck (1)
Spear (2) (Gladius neck-thru Ibnez clone, LP)
Stadium (1)
Cort M600 (1)
Tradition SG (1)
Carlo Robelli HB1 (1)


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PostPosted: Sat 02 Dec 2023 06:11 PM 
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My, we have been busy haven't we? :lol:

You're way ahead of me, I only recognize 4 names on that list! :blush:

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PostPosted: Sat 02 Dec 2023 07:14 PM 
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Gotta keep busy in retirement ya know. :D

Ones you'd recognize:

Aria Pro II PE-R60
Aria Pro II PE-350 STD
Aria Pro II PE-390
Aria Pro II PE-ANN 40th Anniversary
Aria Pro II PE-DLX
Unidentified Aria PE
Aria pro II CS-250 (as husk)


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PostPosted: Sat 02 Dec 2023 10:30 PM 
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I'll include these in my letter to Mr Claus (plus a big wad o' cash)! :P

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PostPosted: Mon 04 Dec 2023 05:04 PM 
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Dont know one guitar from the first list... :toopid:

Second list is more like it... Im still sticking to what I was searching for, I am patient and do find nice ones once in a while.

Notice you guys look at reverb lots for guitars, I find it way to expensive there.

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PostPosted: Mon 04 Dec 2023 05:33 PM 
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I see a lot on Reverb but only when the price is right do I buy. Research, research and research first. Three sites I use the most is Goodwill, Music Go Round and Reverb. Now and then I come across a great deal on eBay. Most of the guitars I come across the sellers are so proud they price them to keep them forever.

One thing I won't do is lowball someone. I hate that myself. If the price is fair I seldom haggle. In particular if they have dropped the price considerably. I can usually tell the guitar players from the guitar flippers.


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