ARIA BB-500

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2001 to 2007

The Aria BB-1000 and BB-500 guitars were the inspiration of The Cure guitarist Perry Bamonte. Both Perry Bamonte and Robert Smith from The Cure played baritone basses and it was an important part of The Cure's sound.  The BB-500 was made in Korea from around 2001 to 2007. The more expensive version (the BB-1000) was made in the Aria Custom Shop in Japan.

Specifications (19)

Body

Body materialalder body
Body shape featuresGerman carve, double cutaway
Body styleStratocaster style

Hardware

Bridgetune-o-matic bridge
Tailpiecestop tailpiece

Fretboard

Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers

General

Finish colorsblack finish
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length33.33 inches scale length

Neck

Neck jointbolt on neck
Neck materialmaple neck
Number of frets22 fret
Peghead (headstock)reverse headstock
Tuner layoutsix-in-a-row tuners

Controls

Pickup selector controls5-way selector switch
Volume controls3 volume controls

Electronics

Pickups brand and modelAria ALB pickup(s)
Pickups configuration3 single coil pickups, 3 lipstick tube pickups

Prices (1)

DatePriceConditionNameComments
2001$749.99newguitar-listRecommended retail price from Aria USA 2001.

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