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#1 goblin

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 03:42 PM

Price or Trade Value : £650

So I'm having a bit of a clear out of gear that's knocking around the house / in my lockup that doesn't really get the use it deserves, and this is the first victim of the cull.

It's an absolutely lovely Aria Pro II SB Elite II lined fretless, with period (I don't think it's original) case.

Setup to be as low and fast as possible, without rattles. Also got some nice flat strings on it too. I haven't actually gigged it since purchase over a year ago. It lives in it's case under the bed and it's shame it doesn't see any use.

For it's age, it's in excellent condition with only a few age related marks which are hard to photograph. The worst (which I have a pic of) is a chip in the lacquer at the very top of the head. I guess the best way to describe the instrument is as 'unmolestered'

The bass is located in the Manchester area, and collection is preferred. I do drive up and down the country on a regular basis though for gigs, so meeting can also me arranged, or postage at buyer's cost / risk.

Price wise, I'm after £550 and will consider sensible offers.

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Posted 30 June 2016 - 03:16 PM

A couple of things to add too as I was a bit hurried posting this!

It's a factory fretless, age wise it's from the mid 80s. It's also passive.

As for payment, cash is king, bank transfer is also fine (see my feedback first for comfort), and I'll take paypal as a last resort.
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Posted 02 August 2016 - 12:18 PM

Some enquiries, but still here. Bumpity bump, make me an offer!
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Posted 09 August 2016 - 08:59 PM

Going up
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Posted 10 August 2016 - 06:28 AM

I had one of these in the day, exactly the same. fabulous instrument.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 06:05 PM

New price and photos bump after Photobucket ruined so many people's threads!

Now down £100 to £550
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 09:35 PM

I have an identical fretted model which I put up for sale on BC a few years ago for a similar price, thinking it was an Elite II

I was promptly ripped a new one by the Aria cognoscenti, who disagreed that it was an Elite II, describing it instead as a Korean-made SB SLT. IIRC the non-recessed jack was described as some kind of giveaway.
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:10 PM

That's a shame. This one is DEFINITELY Japanese. And has it written on.
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 12:08 AM

It's not an SB-Elite II, though. It's a post-Matsumoku SB-ELT, from about 1989. These are MIJ, and understood to have been made by Tokai Gakki.

I have one of these, fretted. Wasn't aware there was a factory fretless - would be nice to have the pair, if only I could afford/justify it! GLWTS!

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 10:17 AM

Thanks for the info, I'll check it out with the Aria owners group. I was sold it as an SB Elite so naturally that's what you believe it is. Either way it's still a fair price.
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 12:10 PM

I think they're pretty much identical to the Matsumoku builds, apart from a couple of small-ish details - the non-recessed jack being one. Otherwise Elite IIs (and SB-R 80s, which differ only in name & finish from Elites!) have 2x co-ax volume/tone and a 3-way rotary selector, instead of the J-type wiring on the SB-ELT, and a slightly wider 42mm nut measurement, the ELT being 40mm.

I actually have an '83 SB Elite Black & Gold as a resto project so can compare the two - there are a few detail differences, most of which look like the consequence of different factories making the same design, the inlays are noticeably tidier on the ELT, and the bridge base is made from two machined sections screwed together rather than the cast alloy of the older bass.

No problems at all with your asking price - I paid a little less for mine, but it had been neglected & did require a lot of cleaning & fettling to get it right - still needs a minor fret dress, tbh!

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And introducing the FreakBass Circus:

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