A bit .... ummm..... different?

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A bit .... ummm..... different?

Post by Fenderfan » Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:32 pm

I was surprised today when a workmate bought in his bass he wants to get 'treated' by Ash. It was one of these : http://www.westone.info/railbass.html . Anyone seen or played them? So what'dya think of it? Saw online they had a good tone to them but I spose everyone's idea of good tone can easily vary. I was intrigued. :D
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Post by foal30 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:44 pm

yeah they were fucking terrible
there was only one minimalist bass that worked and that was the original L2 Steinberger

the concept of the rail was OK but the rest of the instrument was pretty 'budget'.
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Post by foal30 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:45 pm

actually the Hohner B2A was OK
but still noting on the real deal.
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Post by john » Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:54 pm

Foal is just peeved that they where cheaper and superior to "the real deal" :lol:
I would love to play one

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Post by martyforrer » Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:23 am

I played a couple of those when I was in music retail in Auckland. I remember them being mediocre.

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Post by Jazzbass » Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:59 am

I'm already old and fat. There are limits to how bad I'm prepared to look on stage....

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Post by foal30 » Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:17 am

@ John , it'll be the novelty factor, unlikely to be any sonic qualities :D

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Post by goatboy » Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:52 pm

Holy crap that's an ugly bass. You'd have to be high to think it has any aesthetic appeal...perhaps that's why it says 'We Stone' at the bottom.

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Re: A bit .... ummm..... different?

Post by Pablo Basso » Fri May 06, 2011 12:38 am

Didn't Gibson toy with the idea of a sliding pickup? Gibson Grabber comes to mind. Think I remember seeing one in Kingsley-Smiths Music in Custom St in the Eighties. It was a solid body rather than a rail, but I do remember the Westone, probably from magazines of the time.
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Post by martyforrer » Fri May 06, 2011 12:41 pm

Heh heh.... I bought that Gibson from Kingsleys.... yeah, well.... another mistake on life's journey.... :lol:

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Post by Vince » Mon May 09, 2011 5:29 pm

Pablo Basso wrote:Didn't Gibson toy with the idea of a sliding pickup?
I think those perspex Dan Armstrong guitars had sliding pickups, too.

You could just snap in a new pickup and move it up and down the body. Not sure if they ever made a bass though.

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Post by model.citizen » Thu May 19, 2011 8:02 pm

yep, they made a bass (ADAB1 was the japanese reissue...very nice bass, incredible harmonics...but the short-ish scale and sharp contours which ripped into your arm made me sell it).

comes with 2 pickups, BB (bright bass - something between a P and a J) and DB (dark bass between a EB a Thunderbird). they slot into a cavity, but aren't adjustable from there (thumbscrew on the back to secure it).

electronics were cool though, volume, tone and single/humbucker switch (the Kent Armstrong pickups were stacked humbuckers, splittable).

sustain was silly long due to the lucite body. i kinda miss mine.
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