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    Default Aria AF-10 Acoustic Tenor - Sunburst

    Saw this in the morning and decided to purchase it. Hope I like it!

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    Default Re: Aria AF-10 Acoustic Tenor - Sunburst

    Nice!
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    Default Re: Aria AF-10 Acoustic Tenor - Sunburst

    Looks good Huck, I don’t know anything about that model, 23”scale, solid top ? Looks ike quite a big body, should sound nice in GDAE.

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    That looks awesome, actually. Can't wait to hear how much you like it!

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    Default Re: Aria AF-10 Acoustic Tenor - Sunburst

    Quote Originally Posted by fox View Post
    Looks good Huck, I don’t know anything about that model, 23”scale, solid top ? Looks ike quite a big body, should sound nice in GDAE.
    Thanks fox,
    Here is what I've been able to glean from the internet:

    Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
    Back & Sides : Mahogany
    Neck : Mahogany
    Fingerboard : Rosewood
    Bridge : Rosewood
    Scale : 23" (584.2mm)

    Past Cafe reviews were positive. They were not cheap new, retailed at $700 US.

    I do think I'm going to string it Irish Tenor. I'm hoping the large body gives a big sound.

    Should be here next week. I'll give the body specs and let you know how the sound is then.

    Thanks again,
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    Default Re: Aria AF-10 Acoustic Tenor - Sunburst

    The Aria arrived today, it is absolutely beautiful! In like new condition. Added bonus that wasn't advertised - it also has an internal pick up.

    Action is low, body is huge it dwarfs my Ibanez PFT2. Full-size Auditorium/000 body. Aria originally shipped these new with a little heavier strings: 10-16-24w-36w.

    Sounds great may need to tweak the truss rod, I'll see after I change strings and go to Irish Tenor tuning.

    Could not be happier, what a great purchase! This is the tenor guitar I've always wanted.

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    Oh man, a pickup, too? You're pumped! I love it.

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    Default Re: Aria AF-10 Acoustic Tenor - Sunburst

    Sounds great Huck, I have tried to find out a bit more about the guitar but I have not found much so far.
    Perhaps they used a six string body.

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    Default Re: Aria AF-10 Acoustic Tenor - Sunburst

    Quote Originally Posted by fox View Post
    Sounds great Huck, I have tried to find out a bit more about the guitar but I have not found much so far.
    Perhaps they used a six string body.
    Hi fox,
    Six string 00 and Ibanez tenor for comparison.

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    About 37 1/2" overall, 11" Upper bout, 15" Lower. Waist about 9". 19" Body length. Around 4" deep. So yes six string size. Pardon my triviality but it looks and feels more like a guitar and less like a toy. (My only complaint of the PFT2).

    I've read it's the same size as the Martin 0-18 T. I don't know if that is correct - if anybody can verify that I'd appreciate it.

    Thanks everyone for your support! It's difficult (scary) to buy a guitar unseen, but this guitar is in incredible shape for being 10 years old. I've been looking for one of these for a long time and I'm hoping it's the last guitar I buy for some time. Unless a nice vintage Martin falls into my lap.

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    Default Re: Aria AF-10 Acoustic Tenor - Sunburst

    Quote Originally Posted by Huck View Post
    I'm hoping it's the last guitar I buy for some time. Unless a nice vintage Martin falls into my lap.
    Would you like a nice vintage Martin?
    My name is Rob, and I am Lord of All Badgers

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    Default Re: Aria AF-10 Acoustic Tenor - Sunburst

    Ha! Tying to finance a vintage Gibson Archtop Rob? I'll make a deal with you, bring your '59 the next time your band tours the States and we'll have a look. When I say fall into my lap I mean an awfully inexpensive one.

    I hope you're still having fun with your Manson Kestrel tenor!

    Cheers mate,
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    Default Re: Aria AF-10 Acoustic Tenor - Sunburst

    Update: Changed the strings and went to Irish Tenor tuning. Strings are feeling a little sloppy to me. Initially these guitars were set up with 95 lb tension.

    Quote Originally Posted by Huck View Post
    Aria originally shipped these new with a little heavier strings: 10-16-24w-36w.
    I'm going to change to 12-18P-30W-46W which will give me a pretty balanced 20 pounds each string across the fretboard. A little heavier than what I have on it now. I'll see how this works out.

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    Default Re: Aria AF-10 Acoustic Tenor - Sunburst

    Huck if you find your string tension not quite right, the easy way is to just tune up a notch rather than change the strings.

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