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    anybody have a aria pro ll model1000. I bought this one in 70s and never saw another one since. they got to b more out there somewhere. most i can find is they came in to music store in charlotte nc. something about lawsuit with gibson.
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    Ah! The old lawsuit myth.

    The 70s saw an influx of mandolins from the far east on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    My first F-style mandolin was an Aria Pro II. Fine beginner mandolin with nice Gibson-style MOP. One early '70s Aria model had a flower pot head stock inlay, mine (from '78 or '79) didn't. Not sure if there was a law suit. If at all, it should have been with Ibanez, no? FYI, check out this thread:https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...-Made-in-Japan

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    The law suit, which was never filed, was a cease and desist letter to Fugi Gen company and it was in regards to headstock shape on guitars. Fugi Gen complied and most other Japanese companies did likewise.

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    Regardless of an actual lawsuit or not, the mid-70's era of made in Japan "copy" guitars, mandolins, etc. has become known as the "lawsuit era."

    The term is useful for internet searching and quickly tells the prospective buyer the instrument is made in Japan and a copy of a better-known USA instrument.

    Some "lawsuit era" copies are more accurate than others. Most fall short of the original USA instrument being copied, but still there are fans who collect them.

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    I had a PM-780 and it was marked, "Hand Made." Narrow nut. Nice mandolin.

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    I had a couple of the Ibanez F5s. They looked fantastic back then but quiet as a mouse. I was desperate for the scroll model and just had to have one. Happy days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy powells View Post
    I had a couple of the Ibanez F5s. They looked fantastic back then but quiet as a mouse. I was desperate for the scroll model and just had to have one. Happy days.
    Thanks, Jimmy, same here; was an Aria in my case.

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    Slow response to an old thread, but here goes...

    I have had the Aria Pro II PM1000 shown in this post since around 1977:
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...highlight=Aria

    It is a good instrument - well made and stable. It's a bit overbuilt, with a thicker top, so it has more of a Jethro Burns tone than a Bill Monroe dry, woody tone. And the finish is so tough you could bat rocks with it and never even scratch it. I love it.

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