Aria was formed in Japan in 1956 by Shiro Arai as "Arai & Co., Inc". Starting in 1964, Matsumoku built all of their guitars under contract. The brand name was changed to "Aria Pro II" in 1975. In 1987, production of many lower end models moved to Samick in Korea, due to the closure of Matsumoku and rising costs of production in Japan.
Diamond was a cheaper sub-brand of Aria, which moved production entirely to Samick around the same time. They seem to have become a Japanese market exclusive brand by then.
Some Japanese market Aria Pro II copies were made by Samick as well.
Mad Axe was another budget sub-brand of Aria.
Aria Pro II models
- MA (Magna)
- PE (Pro Electric)
- TA (Titan Artist)
- VA (Vanguard)
- XL (Excel)
- ATV (Beat Master)
Mad Axe models