The integral Rails are .060" high off the
deck and are exceptionally smooth to the fingers
for trills and slides. Their tips are
collectively machine cut to form an evenly planed
playing surface, then a subtle depression of
gradated relief is cut into this flat plane
of Rail tips at the low pitched half of the
fretboard, dipping deeper under the lowest bass
strings. This mechanized fret "dressing"
operation accommodates all familiar Stick type
tunings with no further fret work needed, just
the hard anodizing process to provide an oxide
surface extremely resistant to wear.
Colored hard-anodized coatings
The beams have a transverse pattern of finely cut lines running from nut to bridge. This machine cut surface texture has a slight glow in the way it diffuses light, contrasting nicely with the darker Rails and affording a better view of the frets under various lighting conditions. The surface pattern looks a lot like thin round wound guitar strings running across the board at right angles to the real strings. The anodized color is uniform over all surfaces of the neck beam, but the textured fingerboard surface makes the Rails stand out.Another option is a very hard metal-plasma coating with a brushed texture between the frets to diffuse the reflected light.
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 (this option is not currently available)
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