Legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH, TALAS) made a surprise appearance at the XOX stand at this year's NAMM show (which was held January 15-18, 2009 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California) and took part in an improvised performance with Enrico Santacatterina.
Billy Sheehan is playing his custom carbon fiber baritone the Billytone, and Enrico is on the Vibro Handle guitar — both new instruments from XOX Audio Tools and launched for the first time this year at NAMM.
Billy Sheehan is best known known for his work with TALAS, STEVE VAI, DAVID LEE ROTH, MR. BIG, and NIACIN. Sheehan has won the "Best Rock Bass Player" readers' poll from Guitar Player magazine five times for his "lead bass" playing style. Guitar Player has likened his soloing on the four-string instrument to Eddie Van Halen's on the six-string guitar. Sheehan's repertoire includes the use of chording, two-handed tapping and controlled feedback. However, Sheehan is also noted as a steady "true" bassist, fulfilling the traditional supportive role of the electric bass in the rock rhythm section.
Enrico Santacatterina is an Italian virtuoso who is XOX's in-house guitar test pilot and expert who contributes to development of XOX's new products from the players' point of view.
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