Westone 'The Rail' bass

Hard Maple neck and body (If you can call it a body), tuned steel rails join the two body sections. Rosewood fingerboard, graphite nut, 32.25 inch scale 24 frets. Magnaflux RB pickup, single volume control. No tone control, changes in tone are achieved by sliding the pickup along the rails.

(Info from the 1985/86 misc catalogue and my own Rail bass)

Reviewed in Guitarist magazine, November 1984, RRP then was £240

Appears in the Jan 1985 US pricelist at $499.50 including gig bag, the Sept 1985 pricelist shows it as available in 3 colours (Black, red or white), the August 1986 pricelist shows an increase to $529.50 for the black version or $565 for red or white. The Rail does not appear in the April 1987 pricelist

The rails are uncoated steel on black models, red and white ones had black rails.

The Rail used the same custom gigbag as the Quantum

Thanks to Kevin Bailey for additional information on the differences between his '84 black and '85 red Rail basses, and pictures of his red Rail bass