So, having watched an Elecra mpc model and an Aria Pro go for more than I was willing to risk (really would have liked the Electra X940 MPC with a couple of working effects modules), spotted a "buy it now" Aria Pro ii cs350 (cardinal series) as it went up. Sort of double cut LP shape, LP scale length, Bolton on, double humbucker with split and phase switches.
Ever come across one Scott? Pretty sure I won't loose any money on it if it's not for me. Looking forward to giving it a go.
Enjoying this series btw. As someone who fairly recently took up guitar, and a rational person, I do find some of the bull that's talked funny. Because I'm not really emotionally attached to brands, it seems pretty obvious to me that Fender and Gibson, in particular, have now become makers of collectibles, like china animals or commemorative coins, rather than musical instrument makers.