Originally Posted by Alembic83
Nice! How was the tone? Have you heard other SBs enough to say if this was comparable or not?
What did you think of the strings? Are they supposed to be very light gauge, like 40-95?
I wonder if any of those 7 sold in the US include Robert Trujillo? It would be a cool tribute to have him play it on a few songs.
Well, I had to play acoustically because they didn't have an amp available. That being said, I could feel the notes singing throughout the body. The sustain was really nice. This was my first Aria, so I don't have a reference to compare it too. I play a Warwick Corvette $$ (not RockBass) so comparing it to that, this Aria resonated better than my Corvette. I'm wondering if that's because my Corvette is a bolt-on and this Aria in a NT. Weight wise, it felt a little lighter than my Corvette but that also might be due to it being incredibly well balanced. I think that was my favorite feature about this bass.
As for string gauge, the E felt like 100. The G might have been 40, but then again I have a hard time telling the difference between 45 and 40 unless they are right next to each other. The strings had some good play without too much resistance.
I wouldn't be surprised if RT was one of the 7 buyers. Actually, I might be insulted if he wasn't. hahahaha
As for those of you who doubt this bass, that's fine. You're right, you're not missing anything and I'm not here to convince you otherwise.
For those who are interested in this bass, if you get the chance to play it, do so. Who really cares if it's not from the original series from 30 years ago; it's not meant to be. That model came out back in 2006 of something (SB-1000CB). I've played plenty of top shelf basses and this ranks up there with them. Like I said, I would not pay $6000 for this bass but I would consider $3000.