Late in the seventies, Gibson Guitars won a legal battle for patent infringements, which over time, shut down all but a few “copy” guitar manufacturers worldwide.
He began importing classical guitars, strings, and sheet music to meet demand, and he founded ARAI & CO., INC., the entity responsible for the first guitar imports into post-WWII Japan.
In 1958, when he began exporting Japanese-built acoustic guitars to South East Asia, the name "Aria" was used instead of his surname "Arai." The word "Aria," besides being a play on letters with the founder's name, means "expressive melody." In 1963, Aria began exporting electric guitars for the first time with its models 1532T and 1802T.
The GM Custom is actually all original Mosrite parts built by a former employee, Gene Moles, after the Bakersfield Mosrite factory closed.
The Univox guitars are popular today because Kurt Cobain of Nirvana used one. MORE LES PAUL COPIES Here are some additional examples of Les Paul reproductions from the 1970’s.
I could not wait to go out and buy a UNIVOX Les Paul for 1/5th the price of the real thing!