Built to the same overall specifications as our 10-string Railboard model, the new 8-string version offers wider inter-string spacing and more familiar 4ths bass tunings, as well as our other standard 8-string tunings.
As with our 10-string Railboards, the fret profile is machined prior to the hard-anodizing or metal plasma coating being applied to match the 4ths or inverted 5ths tuning the player requests, for a very low-action setup.
Divided™ 4-way adjustable truss
R-Block™ stereo/mono pickup module
Integrated frets and beam
Flaps™ adjustable Dual Nut
Railboard construction (10-string version shown)
5 anodized colors
3 metal plasma colors
Metal plasma beam closeup
Black anodized beam closeup
Gold metal plasma rear view
Optional very hard metal plasma vapor deposit coatings
Whereas our regular Railboard productions are hard-anodized to build up
the thickest possible layer of rock-hard aluminum oxide on all aluminum surfaces,
this zirconium-based plasma coating is even harder and is commonly used on drill
bit tips to prolong work life. The front fretboard surface is brushed before vapor
coating to diffuse the shine and create more of a glow. The Rails themselves are mirror
finished and contrast nicely with the brushed spaces between them. The feel is very
smooth for string bending and vibratos. Rear and side surfaces and fretboard marker
cavities are also mirror finished. This metallized finish adds $300. to the price of
the Railboard. It's a costly four-step process of building layers onto the machine cut
aluminum neck beam, starting with copper, then nickel, then chrome and lastly the very hard plasma coating.
A variety of linear or dot inlays are excavated and then filled with colorful materials or left as exposed aluminum,
and are spaced in our familiar trademark pattern of five frets
apart, indicating major 2nd, perfect 5th, octave
and upper 4th positions along the fretboard. The
45-degree beveled Rail edges are also exposed and
act as small, silvery triangular markers at every
fret position. mora about Railboard inlays...
Gold metal plasma Railbaord
Tail section of plum anodized Railboard
Plum anodized rear view