For Sale Vintage Aria Pro II CSB-450 in very rare finish (Matsumoku porn inside)

over 4 years ago
For Sale Vintage Aria Pro II CSB-450 in very rare finish (Matsumoku porn inside)
Price
$425.00
Brand
Aria
Seller
rogerbmiller
Available on
TalkBass
Location
New York
Description

Price:
425 OBO
Strings:
4
Location:
New York
Ok, when I bought this I had absolutely ZERO intention of selling it, but then a Fretless Travis Bean became available, and...well let's just say I can't get to my other CSB450 for a while to sell it instead to my impulsive shopping is now someone else's gain.
So here you have an Aria Pro II CSB450 with what I believe is the original hard case (more on that in a little bit), made in the legendary Matsumoku factory in 1982. This is the top of the Cardinal/CSB line featuring a set neck.
What makes this one so special is this white finish is super rare- in fact until I found this beauty I didn't know these could come in white. It is very likely an import from Japan there were more choices available. I have seen SB Elites in white come over from there.
So in essence, this is the deluxe version of the bass played by Kim Deal of the Pixies in a super rare and smart looking finish. Medium scale at 820mm or just over 32 inches, one very hot hum cancelling Aria pickup, volume and tone. Booty! Made in Japan in the legendary Matsumoku factory.
These basses are absolutely a blast to play. They are light, tight, and easy to play, well balanced, and they absolutely get you that Duran Duran tone (think the first album) if you want it as the pickup is essentially the same as the one on the SB600 and SB700 save for it is not sealed.
And if you want to hear this model in action listen to "Gigantic" by the Pixies, though this one has better sustain vs. the bolt neck models due to the "best of both worlds" set neck design.
The bass is in great shape overall. All original and working great. Some small compression dings here and there as pictured. Only dings through the finish are two small finish tips near he upper horn. There are invisible to your audience however as they are inside the cutaway. More importantly, NONE of the wood has chipped away, so this can be touched up.
Other than that the bass is great and the white has some nice subtle aging to it.
The case appears to be original- it is certainly period correct and well fitted to the instrument. However it does not have the Aria logo on it. That said in my experience the "violin cases" that the factory provided were often unmarked so I would venture to say the case is original.
I am asking $425 obo shipped CONUS for this beauty. If you are in MST or PST please add $25 fo the additional cost of shipping. Check my feedback- I pack bombproof and ship insured for full value.
I don't expect this bass to be around for long but if it isn't sold by March 6, my plan for now is to pull it and I will list my tobacco finish CSB-450 in it's place.
Thanks for looking and please PM me with any questions.
RBM