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Tony Raven
#1 Posted : Sunday, January 13, 2013 9:18:50 PM(UTC)
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When my marriage went all to hell, about all I took was my cat, my Univox electric, my Vox bass, & hundreds of LPs. A few years later, I bought the Alvarez. But on a whim, a few months later I bought a "refurbished" (damaged in transit) Aria. Bluish-green transparent, double-bound, nice cutaway. Well, & the logo & headstock art is silkscreened... Shhh

And to date it's the only one like it I've ever seen.

Though it's mostly been my backup acoustic for 15+ years, & thus not used a whole lot, it's been going with me to a few gigs. In all those years, all I've done is replaced a jammed tuner & add a strap button. It just now occurs to me that the tone has aged beautifully -- it was really stiff when I bought it, which likely explains the $120 pricetag. I wouldn't mind finding another like it.

One source says the AE-73 is an electric; another says it's an acoustic-electric. Trust me: it's neither, & it never has been.

There's no MADE IN marks anywhere. FWIW, the serial # is 172475. Any hints appreciated.

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#2 Posted : Wednesday, January 16, 2013 10:57:30 AM(UTC)
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Pics might help the research a bit. :-) besides, we're all into guitar porn!
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#3 Posted : Sunday, September 15, 2013 7:35:00 PM(UTC)
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A small update, because I feel guilty about not getting some photos done this week.

Like the goofy Washburn model numbers for acoustics, there's brief glimmers of usefulness from Aria. So, this guitar is an AW-73. "C" = cutaway, "BLSB" = blue sunburst -- I've also spotted listings for black (BK) & natural (N). If a 73 has a piezo bridge, then "E" will be in there somewhere.

I did see photos of an AW-20BLS that's a close cousin, but it skews my numbers, as it's outright BLUE, not aqua like I've got. The 20 is maybe a decade newer, so I guess they shortened the SB.

added -- spotted an Aria stamped AW-75BLS that (but for no cutaway) could be a twin to mine. The rosette seems to be b/w inverse; top binding about identical; bridge, pickplate, head shape, & lgo identical. Unbound neck, though.

BlueBook says the 75 was available until 2005 (!!), in "Black, Black Sunburst, Blue Sunburst, Brown Sunburst, Natural, Red Sunburst, or White."

Also spotted a somewhat later red (non-cut) AW-70RS. Different logo, square bridgeplate, otherwise pretty much the same, like binding.

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#4 Posted : Saturday, June 24, 2017 12:11:55 PM(UTC)
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Well, kinda random, but somewhere along the line Blue Book has added info specifically on the AW-73:
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similar to the AW 73 N, except has single cutaway, available in Black, Blue Sunburst, Natural, or Red Sunburst finish, mfg. 1996-99.

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{the AW-73N:} dreadnought style, spruce top, round soundhole, black pickguard, bound body, five-stripe rosette, mahogany back/sides/neck, 14/20-fret rosewood fingerboard with white dot inlays, rosewood bridge, three-per-side nickel tuners, available in Natural gloss finish

What BB doesn't make clear is that lower-end Aria were "commodity" guitars, & subject to change at whim. I mean, the AW-20 was first offered 1980 (!!!) & I find MF listings through 2008. So, there's a whole bunch of variants in headstock shape, logo, pickplate shape, even color.

But it's nice to have the existence of the AW-73CBLSB officially verified at last!!

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