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aria dm-380
« on: January 21, 2012, 10:40:29 am »
hi all i am new to the ventures sounds and  guitars ect but love the look of the mosrite guitars.  so i brought a new aria dm-380 diamond series, which is a bit of a mosrite copy heres a link  http://www.ariausa.com/guitars/dm-380.html and an eastwood sidejack deluxe. the aria was 159.00 including postage i am greatly surprised how good it is, i have had it a couple days now and it stays in tune ok sounds nice and plays well in general. the setup was good right out of the box. i read a few reviews on the net about how it goes out tune and bad fret ends ect but this one stays in ok and frets are all ok. at the price it at least looks a bit ventures style. the eastwood i just brought second hand on ebay just got it. been setting it up today. the setup was bad but dont now if thats what the factory did or the bloke i brought it from. but again its a nice guitar only a copy but you got to start somewhere. anybody got these models. peter

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Re: aria dm-380
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2012, 12:43:22 pm »
So, can you post some pix and maybe a few samples of you playing it?
Lottta people post their playin on the Shad's forum. I wish more would do that here too.

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Re: aria dm-380
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2012, 01:34:00 pm »
heres a picture of the aria. never done a sound file but i am making it a new years resolution to do one some time this year.
i will take a picture of the eastwood and put it up. it has a burns mark 8 bigsby type trem on it that doesent seem to work very well.
the arm is clamped on and has to be done up very tight as there are no grooves on the spindle to stop it moving, anyone got a fix for it. peter


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Re: aria dm-380
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2012, 02:36:05 pm »
Looks nice.  Try some teflon tape maybe?

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Re: aria dm-380
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2012, 02:42:54 pm »
Hi All

I bought one a couple of weeks back, I don't know how it compares with a Mosrite, but it plays well, I did run a fine sanding block down the edge of the finger boardjust to take out the newness soften the fret ends and also polished up the matt neck finish with T cut.

It sounds really good, but I would have prefered the model only available in Japan with a Jazz / Jag trem.

To that end I've also got an Eastwood Sidejack on order, the Sidejack has a bound body and neck and does have the trem I would have prefered.

I'll post which I consider best.

Here in the UK the new Mosrite's are mega expensive around 3500 so the Aria at 160 or there abouts are really good value and plays as well as any of my other guitars costing a lot more, the only downside is it's a little heavy.

Geoff

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Re: aria dm-380
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2012, 03:17:16 pm »
Short of a "genuine" Mosrite, you might want to consider one of these:

http://hallmarkguitars.com/guitars/60-custom.htm

It looks mostly like the genuine article too.

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Re: aria dm-380
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2012, 04:28:21 pm »
They look excellent, sadly by the time they get  this side of the Atlantic with import duty and VAT they'll be quite expensive.

I wonder if anybody sells them over here.

Geoff

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Re: aria dm-380
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2012, 04:39:21 pm »
Please contact Bob Shade @ the email addr on his site.  He owns the joint and should be able to advise you.
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