Aria Guitars of Japan had announce a new addition to their line of offerings: the Aria Pro II Cliff Burton Signature Bass.
This guitar, a press release says, has been a year in the making and is being made with the authorization of the Cliff Burton family and Metallica.
Burton was the band’s bassist on its first three albums, and died in a 1986 bus accident.
The Aria Pro II Cliff Burton Signature Bass is a replica of the bass Cliff played. Painstaking attention to detail was taken to build a tribute bass, a presser says, and the bass has a 7-ply maple/walnut neck with a neck-through, heel-less neck design.
It has the same headstock with the patent statement on the front and Cliff Burton’s authorized signature on the back of the headstock.
Each of the tuners are handcrafted out of brass and gold-plated and the 40mm nut is made of brass. The neck has a 34-inch scale with 24 frets. The fretboard is made of rosewood with cat eye and mother of pearl inlays.
The body is the original SB shape and made of alder. The Aria Pro II Cliff Burton Signature Bass is loaded with an Aria MB-V passive pickup. It has a single tone and volume control with a dual sound mini-toggle switch. The bridge is solid brass with gold plated saddles. The bass will ship inside of a deluxe ostrich hardshell case and a certificate of authenticity signed by Ray Burton. Both players and collectors alike will desire this unique bass guitar.
If you are salivating, you probably should be.
The Aria Pro II Cliff Burton Signature Bass will be officially launched at Winter NAMM in Anaheim, California, next week.
Check it out at the Aria Guitars booth, Hall E, Booth #1548. Cliff Burton’s father, Ray Burton, will officially introduce the guitar on Friday, January 25, at 12 noon and be available to sign autographs for dealers and Metallica fans.
The Aria Pro II Cliff Burton Signature Bass will be available soon through authorized Aria dealers in the United States and throughout the world.
Here are the exact specifications:
Headstock: Original SB Design
Neck Shape: Standard, Medium
Neck: 7 Ply Maple/Walnut
Neck Joint: Neck-through, Heel-less Cutaway
Tuners: Handmade Solid Brass Tuner Buttons, 24 K Gold Plated
Nut: 40mm Width Solid Brass
Truss rod Cover: Solid Brass
Headstock Front Inlays: Patent Statement
Headstock Back Inlay: Cliff Burton Authorized Signature
Fretboard Scale: 34″ or 864mm
Frets: 24 Frets
Fretboard Inlays: Cat Eye, Mother of Pearl Inlays
Body Shape: Original SB Shape, Super Balanced Body
Body Material: Alder
Pickup: Aria MB-V Passive Pickup
Controls: 1xVolume, 1xTone, 1-Dual Sound Mini-Toggle Switch
Knobs: Black SB Knobs
Tailpiece: Solid Brass With 24K Gold Plated Saddles and Black Plated Body
Strap Pins: 18K Gold Plated Solid Brass
Strings: Rotosound RS66LB (35, 55, 70, 90)
Certificate: Certificate of Authenticity Signed by Ray Burton and Toshi Matsumura
Case: Deluxe Ostrich Hardshell Case With Gold Hardware
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