Aristides Announces New Raw Series Electric Guitars

Netherlands-based Aristides Instruments, which builds guitars using a proprietary—and rather expensive to work with—material the company calls Arium, has unveiled its new Raw Series models, a more budget-friendly take on its trademark offerings.

According to the company, "Raw models are unpainted—dyed in the mold, then hand-sanded and sealed. They’re the exact same quality of instrument with a lower cost and shorter build time. Built with the same design by the same people with the same method and high quality standards. It's a great option for someone who doesn't need a crazy finish. We’re happy that guitarists really see the merit in both our unique construction method and our attention to detail, which can now be brought to more people.”

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.