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Westone Rail

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bob Gollihur, May 10, 2001.


  1. Bob Gollihur

    Bob Gollihur GollihurMusic.com

    Mar 22, 2000
    New Joisey Shore
    Big Cheese Emeritus: Gollihur Music
    I have one of these coming by UPS next week, won it on eBay at a good price and had heard good/bad rumblings about them over the years and found some previous threads...

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    Somewhere I thought I heard that the neck was graphite - zat the truth or merely hopeful thinking??

    Any other comments about it (lessening the surprise) welcome.
     
  2. Hi Bob. I can't tell you much about that particular model, but I have a Westone fretless bass. The neck on mine is wood (with a rosewood board), but has a very thick almost enamel type coating on the back of it. It feels as smooth as graphite, but i know there is wood underneath it.

    Give us a run-down when you get it. Mine has a very unique tone to it, very much its own.
     
  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Most of the Westone's made in the 80's had a thick black satin finish on the neck, and I've seen a lot of them misrepresented as having graphite necks.

    I have owned 4 Westones(still have one) and I sanded the neck down on one of them(don't have that one anymore, it was stolen:() and indeed it was wood underneath that thick finish.

    I like the Rail, but I had a Westone Quantum 4 that was the best Steinberger copy that I have ever played. I wish I still had it, but I traded it in on a warwick necked neck heavy crappy toned Westone Pantera 5 string. The Pantera was gorgeous but nearly ruined my left hand and sounded terrible. Put me off of extended range basses for several years.

    I loved my Quantum, and I want another one! I attached a pic of one I found on the web(sadly, not for sale:().
     
  4. Wow I have not seen one of those in a little bit, either way if you are a collector it is almost a must have.
    :D
     
  5. nanook

    nanook

    Feb 9, 2000
    Alaska
    I have a red one in mint condition. It is a nice light weight axe and is great for a backup or something to grab a little attention. Not real versatile on sound but it definitely has a place. They have some of the quietest pickups I have ever heard, absolutely no buzz, static or pops.

    I assumed the neck was graphite because some people have told me that it is but I have no proof.

    They do not sound anything like they look. It has strong lows and mids but weak highs. I run very large (shinny smooth) chromes on mine and it sounds, for all the world, just like a 60's funk bass.

    They are a must as a collectors item with clean ones bringing a premium. Unfortunately the only came with a cheesy plastic gig bag but they will fit right in a scoped rifle hard case.

    I forget the scale length but I think it is in the 33" or 34" range so it is basically a long scale bass.

    Also you will have to do some bending on a stand to get it to fit.

    Good luck with the great new acquisition.

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  6. Damn, now I want one.
     
  7. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I second that. That'd be cool. Have a sliding pup...course, I'd want some extra control besides just a volume, but hey, I could dig one of those. I heard about those...never seen one till just now. Cool! I want a black one...a black 5 or 6 would be just right!
     
  8. I wonder if you could add a second pickup block- instant stereo outputs!
     
  9. Brooks

    Brooks

    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    I have two of those, and that's one thing I will try - you CAN fit two pickup blocks. Only thing is, they are different color, but then, it already looks weird enough, so a bit more can't hurt...
     
  10. Unfortunately, I doubt they made any. These are from early to mid 80s I think. But I could be wrong. I would love a 5er.
     
  11. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Damn! That thing makes me want to put a big bowl on my head and play some Devo! Then again, my Steinbergers occasionally bring out the same emotion...

    It's strange - I'm starting to appreciate the music of the '80s. I thought that would never happen - it must be nostalgia or sumptin'.
     

  12. I think the guy from DEVO played a Gibson Grabber, but I know what you mean. There was some good music in the 80's but I think most of it went unnoticed because of the large amount of bad music.
     
  13. Bob Gollihur

    Bob Gollihur GollihurMusic.com

    Mar 22, 2000
    New Joisey Shore
    Big Cheese Emeritus: Gollihur Music
    Mine showed up today; in pretty decent shape but needs some touching up and a thorough cleaning. Also missing the control cavity cover and there are just two holes where the end strap holders should go. Does yours have two strap holders, too, and do you find the upper or lower most useful. I use Dunlop strap locks and don't want to waste an extra on it.
     
  14. Brooks

    Brooks

    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    Yeah, there are two strap buttons down behind the bridge. I use only the lower one.
     
  15. nanook

    nanook

    Feb 9, 2000
    Alaska
    I have never had a strap on mine but plan to get one of the old style Fender straps, the skinny kind with the sliding pad, in black to match the hardware.

    I also use the Dunlop strap locks on my other basses but plan to leave this one "as is".

    The sliding pup really affects the tone so I can see why they didn't include an electrical adjustment. That is to say, the tone is adjusted mechanically rather than electrically, a novel idea.
     
  16. nanook

    nanook

    Feb 9, 2000
    Alaska
    Be sure to check out any cavities for hidden cash.
     
  17. Bob Gollihur

    Bob Gollihur GollihurMusic.com

    Mar 22, 2000
    New Joisey Shore
    Big Cheese Emeritus: Gollihur Music
    oh yeah, we'll do a full cavity search!