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Aria A586 Review

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Submitted by kimmattis123 (see all reviews from this person) on 3/24/2018

Where Purchased: Browns Music, Connellsville, PA

Year Purchased: 1967
Price Paid: $50.00 ($US)

Sound

Nice sound for a $50 guitar- This is a classical guitar- got as a gift in 1967, but I put an under saddle pickup on it and flatpick it [ like Willy ] Not loud but you can hear it. Under saddle pickup installed later works well into an amp or PA system.

Sound Rating: 7

Setup

Good- I has some work done on the intonation and string height in the 1980s- but still fine.

Setup Rating: 7

Appearance

Made in Japan, Classical looks- headstock looks pieced together from three pieces of wood. Spruce top- Rosewood back and sides-Cedar neck-- it seems solid wood

Appearance Rating: 6

Reliability

I've been playing this since 1967- only one fixup and one upgrade- plays fine. Amped it sounds fine- nice jazzy sound. It has held up well for 50 years- one of the reasons I've posted this review.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

Don;t know- never tried- Aria still in business- as importer- who actually makes these things is a wild tale.

Customer Service: 3

Components

Spruce top, rosewood back and sides- mahog.[?] neck- headstock made from pieces but firm- hardware still good and never changed. Finish good and glossy- decal on sound hole and headstock.

Components Rating: 7

Overall Comments

ALTHOUGH NOT ACTUALLY A GUITAR FOR FLATPICKING- THIS IS A FINE FLATPICKED INSTRUMENT- TYPICAL CLASSICAL SIZE AND STYLING. FLATPICKED IT SOUNDS JUST FINE.  I USE IT MOSTLY AS A JAZZ GUITAR. I LIKE THE CLASSICAL WIDE FINGERBOARD BUT WITH A FLATPICK.  THE UNDER SADDLE PICKUP WORKS FINE BUT I REALLY COULD USE A OUTBOARD PREAMP.  RIGHT NOW I USE AN OLD EQ  BOX AND REVERB UNIT. I PUT CLEAR STICKY PICKGUARDS ON IT [ DON'T WANT IT TO LOOK LIKE 'TRIGGER']  THEY HAVE HELD UP VERY WELL OVER THE YEARS-  GOT A NEW GOOD HARD SHELL CASE FOR IT TO- THE CHIPBOARD ONE DIED YEARS AGO. THIS WAS A CHEAP IMPORT BACK THEN [ HAY EVEN IN 1967 $50 WAS A CHEAP GUITAR] BUT IT HAS HELD UP VERY WELL AND I LIKE THE SOUND.

Overall Rating: 7

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