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Westone Rail bass (NBD #66) Oddest of the lot

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rat Blitz, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. Rat Blitz

    Rat Blitz

    Jan 6, 2009
    Just picked up a Westone Rail bass and it is the oddest bass in the entire collection.
    Looks like the 1985 model since the side inlays are white not red (but the fretboard inlays are red).
    There is no tone switch. You slide the pickup along the rails to modify the tone. How cool is that?
    The case is even in half decent shape for a 30 years old.
    One Problem ...
    How the heck to I find a stand to hold it in?

  2. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    Haven't seen one of these in a while.... Kinda taking a Stienberger and a Gibson Grabber's love child gone too far.

    Not functional really, but I recall they sounded pretty good.... And would be a great conversation piece/wall piece.
  3. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    You basically have to put it in a stand upside down. It looks weird, but works.
  4. JonahTheAmazing


    Dec 19, 2010
    My school owns one of these, and I used it for a production. I liked it. Very weird, and I never fiddled with the mobile pickup.
  5. Buy a gun rack? ;)
  6. And the award for most unusual design goes to this bass!
    Anyways, that is truly interesting. I imagine it being terribly uncomfortable to play though.
  7. Smallmouth_Bass


    Dec 29, 2005
  8. I've got a black one. Neat piece, congrats. I find it sounds great but it's terrible ergonomically.
  9. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    Not sure what you're talking about when you say "not functional". I had one in the mid 80's (that got stolen or I'd probably still have it) and for me the thing was a revelation in terms of understanding what differences pickup placement can make. The large range of that sliding pickup gives a huge variety of tonal variations. If you mean ugly, kinda cheaply built and not especially comfortable to play I'd agree with that. In spite of those drawbacks though it's still a very useable instrument that's more than just a wall hanger.

    I used to use a regular stand with the bottom cradle part removed and the body sitting on the floor. I imagine the same idea would work even better with a more bomber stand like this.
  10. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    great bass, enjoy it
  11. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Very unique the sliding pickup is very innovative and probably could be adapted to basses made today?
  12. XsSpeed


    Sep 14, 2009
    Southern Maryland
    I'm getting one too. I'm excited. Do you just use regular strings on them?
  13. Any strings will work, you just have to cut them shorter than you're used to. Partly because of the way they anchor and partly because it's short scale.
  14. XsSpeed


    Sep 14, 2009
    Southern Maryland
    ok but it's not a short scale is it?
  15. kevteop


    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK
    I've always wanted one of these as a studio bass. Nice find. :)
  16. Jammin Johneboy

    Jammin Johneboy Guest

    Dec 23, 2011
    Cool Westone Rail. I have one too . It was my first bass, couldn't resist buying it when I saw the ad. My bag for it is in pretty good shape too . I wrap a face cloth over the end of the fretboard to keep the string ends from chewing up the inside of the case . The scale on mine is about 32 1/2 inches. Weighing mine on a bathroom scale it is about 7 1/2 or 8 pounds.

    Enjoy have fun.


  17. Yes, it is. 32".
  18. XsSpeed


    Sep 14, 2009
    Southern Maryland
    Mine's pretty cool. I get some cutting out at the jack. I took the back electrics cover off and sprayed contact cleaner in it. Any other suggestions? I wanna use this live but don't want it to cut out.
  19. Hi.

    Replace the jack.

    Cleaning is always a temporary fix at best, if even that.

    The same goes for cheap potentiometers.

  20. XsSpeed


    Sep 14, 2009
    Southern Maryland
    Thanks Sam

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