Aria John Joyce Signature Model

  • Aria John Joyce Acoustic guitar
  • Aria John Joyce Acoustic guitar


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  • acoustic guitars

Dates of manufacture: 

1976 to 1981

Aria introduced the John Joyce signature models in the mid 1970s. These were designed by 12 string British folk and blues player John Joyce. Joyce was also responsible for the design of Aria's popular Sandpiper model, although according to Paul Brett,  Aria never credited Joyce for his work on the Sandpiper.

The John Joyce model was available as either a 6 or 12 string. The design was a result of Joyce's long experience of playing and restoring early American country-blues acoustic guitars. You can see the traditional influence in the slotted headstock and narrow waisted body shape - like one of the old Stella acoustics. The guitar had mahogany back and sides and a pyramid bridge.  The slotted headstock has JJ logo.

In 1981 they sold new for £189.90 for the six string version and £205.90 for the twelve string version. Secondhand these guitars might fetch upwards of £600 depending on condition.

Link: Paul Brett on the Aria JJ signature model.


Prices (12)

1988400 DEM goodTorge Korff
1972$200wornanthony curtisI have a 6 string with a few nocks but plays very well sounds great no 80 had it for 30 years
2016£450goodDavid Advised these are worth £600 now ,paid £350 in 1982
1983£350newJOHNstill got it - hardly played due to a change in my own style of playing but such a lovely instrument it is hard to part with it.
1984£180excellentAlec WhitehouseBeautiful tone, stays in tune.

Reviews (1)

Aria John Joyce Signature Model reviewed by Anonymous

Average: 5 (1 vote)
Bought this guitar some years ago for £420. A little steep at the time but this guitar has been a great addition to my collection. Beautiful matched solid mahogany with spruce top. Lovely deep tones and good for finger picking aswell as strumming. Build quality is faultless in true Japanese style, lovely tortoiseshell bindings with bone saddle and nut. Ebony bridge pins aswell. A truly wonderful guitar that runs with any Martin or Taylor at a fraction of the price. I’m a lucky man

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