Aria was established in Nagoya, Japan in 1956 by Shiro Arai. As an accomplished Classical guitarist Shiro had difficulty obtaining gut strings for his guitar and started to import nylon strings made by Augustine in New York. Word quickly spread among fellow players and students and a business of musical instrument manufacturing and supply was born. Aria is now established as one of the premium fretted instrument manufacturers and is distributed in every country around the world. Guitars, amplifiers and accessories are now manufactured in Japan, Korea, Spain, Indonesia and China.