Aria Pro II Cardinal CS-250

Aria Pro II Cardinal CS-250

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Cardinal CS-250, Other Shape Guitar from Aria Pro II.

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Aria Pro II Cardinal CS-250 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Aria Pro II
  • Model: Cardinal CS-250
  • Category: Other Shape Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 06/27/2004

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Aria Pro II Cardinal CS-250 user reviews

Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 3 reviews )
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Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Aria Pro II Cardinal CS-250
Origin Japan 1981 (N 4030798)? Matsumoku factory (a sure!), Very good violin !.
Ash body (extremely vein has committed confirmation of quality.
Long handle pin screwed into maple (3 pieces) rosewood fingerboard.
2 humbuckers and split via 2 small slecteurs.
2 volumes / 2 tonalities.

Have a look for characteristics by compltes:


Handle very classic but lends itself very well the ergonomics of our little hands (I will return to this later in the my opinion ...).
Access to acute super easy, it has seen a double cutaway but here it is not a handle Shreders endiabl!

Not easy to get a "good sound".

If I bought it for retyping / change A bar point Z!


So me when I bought it simply because-I had more scratches.
The 2 main criteria of selections from my purchase are:

Quality of -Lutherie from Japan of Matsumoku factory whose reputation is no longer; Wood slectionn so no worries sonorits basic level we will say.
-The Versatility of the electronic (not micro).

The mcaniques I was on the handle of the cars were blocking-Wilkinson (not original); Good throw!

The original bridge was therefore the bridges completely dfonclim not rgler the instrument properly.

The handle, the Revoil it; it lch me after 1 month. I change the strings and "bing" will crack the nut 2 and the key that dcolle: c'tait the dead! I do not think either the handle or the head but the old proprios that we do anything with this guitar (just the state of the bridges ...)

Sonorits level now because even when I could play a little.
This is the perfect ideal for crunch / clean typ 70's and the hard rock / very old trash all beginning 80's (no false for punk / HxC, see opinion prcdent) while remaining cheap but not low-end!
The bass are really not very presents (normal body Ash + backgrounds microphones), acute truly rip and the (very) high mids. It's not bad to play with the knobs vol / tone on this guitar. It allows to touch the vintage sounds without actually achieving them. There one all the same a certain grain that emerges is not inintressant is enough typ.
guitar with multiple sonorits thanks to split and diffrentes positions but should not exaggerate the sound with microphones and electronic backgrounds is totally cheap; cheap does not mean bad but cheap (eg Danelectro DC ...)!
Voil felt for me before my msaventures.

So I still have a body made of ash good violin and the original bridge.

So I ordered the kit Zak Wylde EMG 145 of pro toto (EMG 81 + 85 more all electronics that goes with it, delivered in kit), the MCAS grover + some small accesssoire ( Cache knob, micro cage. I found secondhand an aria pro II SL std 80 (for rcuprer handle).
Normally with a I will have a more than adequate and very diffusing seen the quality of the microphones, the electronics and wood body. The bridge Inquite a bit on its quality I could not play it too ...

J'diterai I think in a few weeks / months with mods cited above!


J'diterai I think in a few weeks / months with mods cited above!

Otherwise, original yes I do it again this choice to tinker / modify / improve and come out with scrapes presqu'ouf '(lai I had the 100 in secondhand).

It may be a very good scratch for beginner seen prices (really checks to see if everything is ok on the instrument) and is still looking to sonorits level. L will have the chance to exploit the wonderful world of double and single coils aruni all in one guitar and use in each position slecteur.
We find them to gnralement 70/200 surroundings by secondhand. Those who say that this is what vintage is the bomb and blablalba; taken with great moderation at least on this model!

It has the advantage of the electronic versatility but surely not the versatility of sound.

RégisK's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Aria Pro II Cardinal CS-250
I possde an Aria Pro II SERIES Cardinale for over 25 years. I prt of years two young people who use a lot. rcupre for 1 year is still nickel. The body and handle the paint and varnish have not moved prcise, reliable, a bit heavy indeed. Obviously this is not a great guitar, the report quality price era, it made it a unique guitar. 25 years ago: 2500frs. and it was 380 euros. I am delighted to have again.

42 years


trs well
A little heavy


Fender Twin reveb


25 years
The pace is good, the weight is a bit lvbr /> Yes
The incomparable era

stseya's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Aria Pro II Cardinal CS-250
Japanese guitar from 1981.
I like guitars with character and that there mouah!
Handle very flat, easy access.
For two microphones and split singles Humb.


That guitar is used by Loran, guitarist Béruriers black.
Suffice to say what punk sounds!
I play punk and hardcore is THE guitar that is built for, although it is quite versatile with its microphones splitables.


If you find one, please.
Guitar character, distinctive look with his head upside down V.
Very light and sound that sends!

Guitar made in Japan, cut in the punk, almost untraceable.

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