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Beautiful mod from Brian at IO Custom Guitars

PostPosted:Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:13 pm
by gratefulredhead
Hi friends,

I found a '79 Aria Pro II TS600 and gave it to Brian at IO for the full Jerry treatment. He did a fantastic job, was really cool to deal with and his fees are way reasonable. I am in love with this guitar. He made a new brass bridge and saddle for it, brass nut etc. Total redo of the guts and a beautiful inlay.

Here's a facebook video of it at it's debut show on Dec 16th. I hope you enjoy it!

https://www.facebook.com/winterland73/v ... ed_comment

Re: Beautiful mod from Brian at IO Custom Guitars

PostPosted:Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:00 am
by gratefulredhead
Here's a link to close up pics of the work Brian did. I can't recommend him highly enough. Seriously!

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_ ... 7216916769

Re: Beautiful mod from Brian at IO Custom Guitars

PostPosted:Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:00 pm
by Jon S.
Wow, that's awesome! :hail:

Re: Beautiful mod from Brian at IO Custom Guitars

PostPosted:Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:19 pm
by kurt eye
Well done!

Re: Beautiful mod from Brian at IO Custom Guitars

PostPosted:Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:49 am
by Searing75
Love it!

Re: Beautiful mod from Brian at IO Custom Guitars

PostPosted:Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:37 am
by Poor Peter
Sweet stuff. How the hell do you find two keyboard players? I cant even find one!

Re: Beautiful mod from Brian at IO Custom Guitars

PostPosted:Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:50 pm
by gratefulredhead
Poor Peter wrote:Sweet stuff. How the hell do you find two keyboard players? I cant even find one!
Eastern Iowa is full of excellent musicians actually!

Re: Beautiful mod from Brian at IO Custom Guitars

PostPosted:Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:09 pm
by shadowboxer
I was just checking the board when I saw this thread. I had forgotten about our exchange of messages before you bought the Aria. Glad it all worked out well. It is a good guitar with a nice neck, a great platform for this kind of mod. Did you end up using any part of the original bridge or did it get replaced in full?

Re: Beautiful mod from Brian at IO Custom Guitars

PostPosted:Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:32 am
by gratefulredhead
shadowboxer wrote:I was just checking the board when I saw this thread. I had forgotten about our exchange of messages before you bought the Aria. Glad it all worked out well. It is a good guitar with a nice neck, a great platform for this kind of mod. Did you end up using any part of the original bridge or did it get replaced in full?
Brian constructed an entirely new bridge and saddles. The original was junk, as you know. Thanks for the kind words! I do love the neck

Re: Beautiful mod from Brian at IO Custom Guitars

PostPosted:Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:57 pm
by zambiland
gratefulredhead wrote:Hi friends,

I found a '79 Aria Pro II TS600 and gave it to Brian at IO for the full Jerry treatment. He did a fantastic job, was really cool to deal with and his fees are way reasonable. I am in love with this guitar. He made a new brass bridge and saddle for it, brass nut etc. Total redo of the guts and a beautiful inlay.

Here's a facebook video of it at it's debut show on Dec 16th. I hope you enjoy it!

https://www.facebook.com/winterland73/v ... ed_comment
Sounds great! Nice to see you play, it's been a minute.

Re: Beautiful mod from Brian at IO Custom Guitars

PostPosted:Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:24 pm
by gratefulredhead
Thanks man! It has been a minute...or 5. The early 90s seem so far away!

Re: Beautiful mod from Brian at IO Custom Guitars

PostPosted:Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:06 am
by pablomago
I'm looking for someone to do some work on my Aria RS-600. Do you have a link to IO Custom guitars?

Re: Beautiful mod from Brian at IO Custom Guitars

PostPosted:Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:36 am
by pablomago
Nevermind. I found it and sent him a message. He's up in Laramie, less then an hour away. Thanks for the tip!

You guys sound good on that You Tube video. Do you know a bass player named Dan Berkowitz? He's an old friend and former bandmate. If you do, ask him about the King Salmon Nuke Spooks.

Re: Beautiful mod from Brian at IO Custom Guitars

PostPosted:Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:15 am
by gratefulredhead
Hey man, I'm glad you got ahold of Brian, sorry I didn't see your post until now. He is fantastic, I'm sure you'll be glad you contacted him. I do know Dan! Small world. He plays in a long established band here in Iowa City called the Tornadoes. I'll definitely tell him I ran into you on these boards. Did you know him in California?

Thanks for the nice compliment too. Have a great day!