Aria was formed in Japan in 1956 by Shiro Arai as “Arai & Co., Inc. The name, “ARIA”, which means expressive melody, was first used in 1958 when Arai exported Japanese built classical guitars fitted with steel strings to South East Asia in 1963. Also, the letters of his name “ARAI” were just switched around to “ARIA “as he recalled.
Continuing its remarkable progress, Aria has been at the forefront of guitar and Japanese guitar building excellence for 60 years, which means a wealth of experience and acquired expertise. The core value remains the same today, to constantly strive to achieve a higher level of excellence, quality and value for musicians.