Minimum Vital

Progressif Rock since 1982

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Aria Pro II double neck 6/12 (1984)

Double manche Aria Pro II

Aria Pro II double neck

Double manche Aria Pro II

Aria Pro II double neck

My interest for the double neck electric guitar came first from Philippe Cauvin, who was playing at the time with Uppsala on a Jacobacci model (6 & 12 strings), and was very impressive. In 1984, we called themselves Concept and I was searching for a good looking guitar that could fit with the music that we were trying to play at the time: a weird mix of jazz-rock and progressive music. I guess I was pretending to walk on the steps of John Mac Laughing & Jimmy Page, but I was obviously less talented!

Anyway, I bought this beautiful Aria pro model then realized that it was very heavy to play on stage for my weak elbows! Moreover, I was not very satisfied with the 6 strings guitar sound. That’s why I moved to a Yamaha SG 2000 in 1989.

Looking back now, I think that I should have explored a little bit more the 12 strings guitar sound, which was pretty good for sure. Later on, with Vital Duo and recent Minimum Vitals’ albums, I really got involved in 12 strings guitars, early guitars with multiple courses (cittern, lute, mandolin…). But I was not so skilled at the time and our music was less “medieval” oriented. That’s why I decided to sell this Aria, witch I regret now, because it was a really beautiful guitar…