Aria 5120

  • Aria 5120 hollow bodied electric bass guitar
    Aria 5120
  • Aria 5120 hollow bodied electric bass guitar
    Aria 5120


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1970 to 1975

The Aria 5120 was a hollow bodied bass made by Matsumoku from 1970 to the mid 1970s. It had twin pickups with dual controls, deluxe heavily chrome-plated machine heads. Sunburst finish on the front and back with an 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. This model was identical to the Epiphone 5120 bass - both were made in the same Matsumoku factory.

Source: Aria 1971, 1974 catalogs

Specifications (21)


45.125 × 15.75 × 2 in
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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Question about this model

I have an Aria Diamond 5120, on which I learnt to play bass in the early 80's.
On al the pictures of this model I see on the internet, the word ARIA is very big 
On my bass the word ARIA is small and the word DIAMOND is written much bigger.
However, everything else looks identical to the picture above.
Do I have a replica? Is it a Diamond bass or is it an Aria?
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