Thanks for writing! The pads were not an after market ad-on! Aria was the producer of some well made jazz guitars during the 1980-1990s. Aria guitars were not sold much in the United States because they were made primarily for overseas (non US) sales. Of course, they could be ordered and found in some US retailers which is why you find them over here. The 'elbow guard' was introduced to reduce wear and tear from the stumming arm (the right forearm of the player). People immediately didn't like the guard because it took away the guitar's streamlined look. Therefore, they didn't produce many of these, which adds to the guitar's value. The guitar was probably made in the early 1980s (maybe late 1970s) which puts it in a 'vintage' category. As for value, I'd put it at around $900.00 American dollars. Let me know if you need further information. stay in touch...Johnny
I can answer questions regarding playing, guitar models, guitar construction, amplifiers, effects, starting a band, recording and touring. As the Guitarist and singer for No Alternative I have recorded a number of albums, singles and CDs as well as extensive touring. I can also answer questions about starting a band and recording.
I have been a guitar player for 26 years. I play and tour with No Alternative. With a number of CDs out there are also 14 bands that have recorded my songs.
Publications Can You Hear Me, Live at the Deaf Club (With KGB)
SF Underground, Subterranean Records (No Alternative)
Backtracks, Subterranean Records (No Alternative)
Lifeline/No Alternative, Bull Dog Records (No Alternative)
Johnny Got His Gun, Wingnut Records (No Alternative)
SF Nights, Bachuus Archives (No Alternative)