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  1. Now that's a hell of a title. I think that's it's fairly well-known that I've somewhat of a fascination with Japanese instruments made from 1976-1986 in the Matsumoku factory under the Aria Pro II banner. For the last ten years or so I've been making replacement preamp modules for their classic SB-1000 basses, and doing a few complete restorations for clients. The SB-1000 was an active single-pickup four-string bass made in two versions '76-'80 and '80-'86. It was made beyond this time in various forms, and is still made by the current incarnation of Aria Pro II, however the classic period for this bass was when they were made at Matsumoku. The 80s version introduced a slight geometry change, new headstock shape, finishes, switchable passive mode but fundamentally it was the same instrument. 70s SB-1000 (thumb rest not original) 80s SB-1000 During the 80s, APII also made a dual pickup flagship version of the SB-1000 called the SB-R150 with better appointments and flashier wood laminations. Something I'd imagined a while back was to take the basis of the SB-1000, add in appointments from the SB-R150 and move it up into 5-string territory. In recent years, Aria Pro II have also made a 5-string SB-1000 however I have zero hands-on experience of those.
  2. From the album: eBay body project

    First step was to use a bearing-guided template bit to copy the existing cavity shape to a sheet of 5mm plywood.
  3. From the album: eBay body project

    For those of you into stereoscopy, check this one out! Look at the images from a comfortable distance and cross your eyes until both images overlap in the centre....
  4. From the album: eBay body project

    The light patch on the veneer could either be a sandthrough or adhesive soaking through the veneer. I suspect that this is a sandthrough whilst the marks at the edges are adhesive.
  5. From the album: eBay body project

    Finish chips around the edges.
  6. From the album: eBay body project

    Wow, now that is some awfully rough routing.
  7. From the album: eBay body project

    The lack of a square heel does suggest the possibility of conversion through to a seven-string....
  8. From the album: eBay body project

    Finish chips around the edges.
  9. From the album: eBay body project

    Finish chips around the edges.
  10. From the album: eBay body project

    Potential sandthrough or veneer adhesive soaking through at the left hand side?
  11. From the album: eBay body project

    Ding in the finish through to the veneer
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