Aria 5020

  • Aria 5020 electric bass guitar
    Aria 5020


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1970 to 1973

The Aria 5020 was the bass version of Aria's 5002 (Barney Kessel) model. It had similar specifications and hardware to the 5120T bass (except for its Florentine cutaways): twin pickups with dual controls, deluxe heavily chrome-plated machine heads. Sunburst or red finish on the body with a blonde finished adjustable maple neck. Rosewood fingerboard with offset pearloid dot position markers. Chrome plated adjustable bridge wtih a custom desgined spring type mute. Trapeze trail-piece with wooden insert.

Source: Aria 1971 catalog

Specifications (22)


45.125 × 15.75 × 2 in
Finish colorsred finish
Finish effectssunburst finish
Made inJapan
Number of strings4 strings
Scale length30.5 inches scale-length


Controls materialblack controls
Number of control knobs4 control knobs
Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch
Tone controls2 tone controls
Volume controls2 volume controls


Pickups configuration2 double coil pickups


Body styleES-335 style
Hollow bodyhollow body
Pickguard materialblack pickguard
Soundhole2 f-holes


Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersoffset dot fingerboard position markers


Hardware colorchrome hardware
Tailpiecetrapeze tailpiece


Number of frets20 fret
Tuner layouttwo-each-side

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Aria 5020 reviewed by Arron

Average: 5 (1 vote)
This guitar is gorgeous and actually plays really well. I was surprised how solid the electronics were and played it as my main guitar in a surf punk band for years. I did have to adjust the bridge a bit but that’s about it. It’s a display piece and a pickup guitar and also gigging guitar. So good.

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