Carlo Robelli, 335 Copy made in Japan (matsumoku)
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Sold Date: 01/23/2011
Channel: Online Auction
Do not let this awesome guitar pass by this is from the "Law Suit" era of Japanese copies, they are unike and this one is in great shape for its age and plays great. I am only selling because it is time for a new home for it and time to find something new, you know. I have seen these go for a lot more here on E-bay. I am selling another guitar so take a look at it. Both are from the 70's and both very rare. Condition is better than average for the age, there are no structural issues with it, it has some nicks (minor ones) and surface scratches. Neck is straight, and frets have a lot of life still on them. I believe all electronics are original and hardware with the execption of the tuners which were upgraded to Schallers. Also it looks like one of the square fret markers was replaced, you can only tell because it is just a bit lighter. Pictures are ok do not do justice to the guitar, will try some more outside tomorrow. No serial numbers or markings other than the Japan stamp on the neck plate. From the internet this is what I found:1970's Aria ES-335 Replica The 1970s era Aria guitars were designed to compete with popular American made models that cost much more money. In some respects, they were replicas of the originals. Now that a few decades have passed, many guitar aficionados believe that these Aria replicas are holding up better than the original guitars that they were modeled after. The 1970s era ES-335 replica is one of those instruments. The entire body is made from high-end flamed maple, the fingerboard was Brazilian rosewood, and the neck is three-piece solid maple that helps it remain straight even after three plus decades of use. This guitar says Carlo Robelli but I believe it ia an Aria 5502 335 Clone. The ones that came from 'matsumoku' are widely known to be the best. that would include aria, arita, ibanez, greco,...
If you go to the site below you will see photos of the Aria 5502 335 clone which is identical to mine./models/aria/hollow/sem/semi.html If you notice I have two pickguards, I made the Tortoise one it originally came with the black one, I will include both. Case is included worth over $100 by itself, and it will be professionally packed, I have sold many guitars here on E-Bay and some without case, it will be bubble wrapped….ask a lot of questions no returns, no issues with the guitar is just an awesome instrument you will not be disappointed. I will only ship it to the lower 48. Only will sell to bidders with positive feedback, I will treat you as I like to be treated.
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