By May 5, 2013

Aria Pro II PW40

I bought this at Gay’s Guitar Studio in Moultrie Ga, about 1975. Clayton (Gay) let me and a good friend (George Garcia) take 3 instruments to the back room so I could determine which I wanted. I don’t recall the 3rd model, but one was a Gibson Hummingbird. I don’t recall but I suspect that price had a part in the decision. This was my first serious guitar.

A guitar from the “lawsuit/C.F. Martin” era. An excellent guitar, something of a copy of a Martin D-45. (Thanks Mia for directing me to that story).
As it approaches 40 years I pulled it out (after 3 or 4 years), re-strung it and started playing (haven’t played much in about 3 years either).

I love this guitar as much as I do my Martin 12string, 1969.
Hope you enjoy the pictures ๐Ÿ™‚






back (nice wood)



case also 40 years old

new strings!

runner up (I don’t have this one…. bummer though)




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8 Comments on "Aria Pro II PW40"

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  1. Jim Holder says:

    I have the same model; Aria Pro-II model PW-wo. The guitar is even more beautiful and sounds even better than when I bought it in 1976/7. I would never part with this guitar!

  2. jeff hillyer says:

    I have this model as well. it is one of the best sounding and playing guitars I have ever played. had electronics put in a few years back. just a little more versatile. looking into a deal right now for the 12 string pw40. thought it would be a nice addition to my aria collection.

  3. jeff hillyer says:

    if i aquire it , i’ll send you a pic of the twins.

  4. stan says:

    PW-40 12 here, that I’ve just put down after playing for an hour or so. Strung as a six-string for the time being. Serial number 760xxxx. I’d be glad to share a pic, or several, but can’t find where I might send them. Cheers!

    • martinltpm says:

      oh my! (I need to learn how a blog’s reader can do that), but if you’d like you can use my email – , I am looking forward to seeing them! thanks so much

      • stan says:

        Sent. =)

        My 1976 PW-40-12 is, of course, virtually identical to your PW-40: the same top, sides, back, bindings, and inlay work. It does not, however, have the Matsumoku imprint on the back of the headstock.

        I’ve owned the guitar since the early 1980s, and it has been a reliable instrument and a joy to play over many hundreds of hours. As you will note, the instrument and its original case are still in very nice condition.