Several weeks prior to the NAMM show I had been talking to James Chen from Aria about this bass. We were fortunate to get an exclusive interview with Mr. Chen on the first day of NAMM:
I got the chance to hold the prototype bass and was rendered speechless at its awesomeness.
I was honored to meet the Executive Vice President of Aria, Toshi Matsumura as well. Mr. Matsumura was gracious and thanked us for stopping by. This was quite an honor to be thanked by such a man. All in all a fantastic experience. Thank you to Mr. Chen, Mr. Matsumura, Cliff Burton, Ray Burton, and NAMM 2013 for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Tragically we lost Cliff on 09/27/1986 but his legacy lives on through his music and people like his father and the fine folks at Aria guitars. Happy Birthday Cliff I will always remember and respect you.