CLIFF BURTON ARIA PRO II SIGNATURE BASS AT 2013 NAMM CONVENTION

at the Aria Booth - NAMM 2013

at the Aria Booth – NAMM 2013

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.

the Cliff Burton prototype bass

the Cliff Burton prototype bass

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.

Ray Burton and James Chen - photo courtesy of James Chen

Ray Burton and James Chen – photo courtesy of James Chen

James Chen and Ray Burton - photo courtesy of James Chen

James Chen and Ray Burton – photo courtesy of James Chen

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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.

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Clifford Lee Burton 02/10/62 - 09/27/86 Rest In Peace Brother

Clifford Lee Burton 02/10/62 – 09/27/86
Rest In Peace Brother

NAMM 2013 – MY THOUGHTS AND PICTURES part 1

After a LONG, LONG drive from NM to Los Angeles CA we got some sleep and woke up and headed to Anaheim to take in the experience that was NAMM 2013.

outside of NAMM 2013

outside of NAMM 2013

It started out with my typical run of luck. My partner in NAMM 2013, Charlie M.F. Owens, rolled in and was badged in a matter of minutes. Me, not so lucky, I was told “your badge has already been printed, so go to the badge pickup line.” I did, no badge, and was told “oh, you’re media, go to this other building to get your badge.” Again, I did, waited in line got up to the counter and…..”Hmm sir your badge won’t print out, you need to go to this other line.” Yet again, I did and finally, just as I was losing hope….SUCCESS!!! I have to give credit to the NAMM staff. They were handling the HUGE influx of people efficiently and with smiles on their faces.

We got in and were wowed by the amount of gear and people there.Our first mission was to attend a press conference help by Orange Amplification http://www.orangeamps.com/. They were launching a new, revolutionary tube tester.  Video of the press conference will be available soon on our www.rockunight.com site.

Orange Amp press conference

Orange Amp press conference

We headed towards the Aria booth as I had been in contact with them about something special.  The Cliff Burton signature bass guitar. We stood in awe of it as we were shown the prototype by Mr. James Chen. He was the man behind the design and build of this amazing bass, and he gave us an exclusive interview of the bass and it’s design. http://www.ariaguitars.com/  The interview will be available soon on our www.rockunight.com site. Here’s a pic of this amazing bass:

Cliff Burton Signature Bass by Aria

Cliff Burton Signature Bass by Aria

Cliff Burton Bass poster

Cliff Burton Bass poster

We wondered about in wonder at all of the bells and whistles, glam and glitz that was NAMM 2013 day one. In our travels we ran into one Rikki Rockett at his Rockett Drum Works Booth. http://www.rockettdrumworks.com/

Rikki Rockett - Rockett Drum Works

Rikki Rockett – Rockett Drum Works

 

to be continued…..

 

the Hellion