10 COMPONENTS, OPTIMIZED FOR TAPPING

Thru-neck beam with Rails® precision tapping frets
    Rails, fingerboard and neck are integral, that is, CNC machine cut out of a single piece of aluminum, which is then hard anodized in a variety of darker colors. All contours, channels, cutaway platforms and threaded bolt-on holes are machined into the 3/4 inch thick by 3 1/2 inch wide neck beam — a one-piece structure of utmost reliability and stability. read more

The R-Block™ pickup module
    A reversed Block stereo/mono module with two low-profile Villex pickups in the neck position and completely new electronics. read more

Bolt-on headstock
     An injection molded, half-inch thick headstock of glass filled black plastic is bolted onto the aluminum Railboard neck beam, read more

Adjustible bridge in 3-D
     Same fully intonatable Stick hardware design but now injection molded in glass filled porcelain-like black plastic, with wider string spacing than our standard 10-string Stick model. read more

4-Way™ Divided™ truss rod:
     Same design as on our newer Stick productions in exotic hardwoods and bamboo. Easy to adjust for low action across all fret position. read more

Belt hook:
     Same injection molded construction as on our newer Stick productions, but with an extra deep pedestal to space the belt hook at the accustomed distance from the rear neck, compensating for the much thinner aluminum neck beam. Same adjustment to four elevations relative to your belt.

Shoulder strap:
    Same adjustable black leather strap with "twist-lock" stud on the bass side. Used to adjust the angle of the instrument on your body.

Tuners:
     Same choices of Hipshot, Grover or Gotoh machine heads in black, black/gold combo, chrome and pearly gray plating colors. see all the tuning machine choices

Strings:
     Same D'Addario strings in all tunings can be ordered with the Railboard model. Gauges include heavy, medium and light for any tuning as with standard Stick models. Our round-wound bass strings are specially designed for suppleness, bright harmonics, focused pitch and long sustain.

Nameplate:
     And of course, the nonfunctional finishing touch, the same oval stainless steel nameplate design on the headstock, now reading "Stick, Railboard model" at the top.



The Railboard in its entirety: more innovations and specifications:

Length
     Total instrument length is 45 3/8 inches from bolt-on headstock tip to the rounded tail end of the aluminum neck beam where the ball ends of the strings are tucked in. Total length of our standard long-scale 12-string Grand Stick is 46 1/8 inches, 3/4 of an inch longer than this 10-string Railboard model.

Scale length:
    This new model's "scale length" (bridge to nut) is back to 34 inches, two inches shorter than the present 36 inches on standard hardwood, bamboo and graphite models, but the space from nut to "X-fret" is expanded by 1 3/4 inches to provide lots more room for the left-hand fingers and rear thumb at that first fret. The X-fret space with damper is thus stretched to 3 3/4 inches from the standard 2 inches, providing a full and uniform tone and a consistent "feel" at this first tapped position.

Fretboard markers:
    The first "Bowl" marker remains at the same distance from the Flaps (the nut) as on all current Stick models, that is, up two Rails in pitch from the X-Rail, (physically the third space on the fretboard). Thus for any tuning, all notes are at their same positions relative to the nut and fretboard "bowl" markers. All string gauges also remain the same. Only the "reach" of the finger span is very slightly reduced by the return to our old 34-inch scale length.

Integral Rails:
    As on our long-scale Stick models, a span of 25 Rails provides a two-octave range for each string, from the first tapped note at the "X-fret" by the nut to Rail #24 nearest to the bridge. The first fret is not numbered (and is designated "X") because it substitutes for the nut where "open" strings vibrate freely to produce notes on guitar and other stringed instruments. The Stick's damper prevents such open ringing, so the X-fret provides the first clear notes by tapping and all tunings are reckoned from there.

An optional new higher tuning:
    With this new model, I also recommend a new tuning that I've been using on my bamboo Ten String Grand and now on my blue anodized Railboard. I call it Raised Matched Reciprocal and it's up a whole step from regular Matched Reciprocal to high melody D, and low bass D, with correspondingly thinner strings to match the higher pitch. This thin aluminum Railboard has an inherent brightness and this higher tuning seems to make it come alive. I like medium gauges best and the low bass D at the 6th position is very resonant at .106" (106 gauge). The high melody D is a 9 gauge string (back to Classic as seen from the melody side alone).

Assembly and Setup:

Assembly: All parts bolt onto the main structure, the Railboard neck beam.

Dressing the Rails: The collective tips are machine trimmed to an even plane with some bass relief, then hard anodized.

Setup: String heights are adjusted at the bridge saddles and Flaps (at the nut end). Pickup heights are set for balanced volume. Intonation for true octaves is adjusted at the bridge's SlideBlocks. Truss tension is independently adjusted at each end of the divided rod to precisely shape the plane of collective Rail tips.

Setup work is minimized. Maintenance is simplified. Precision is raised to a new level. Costs are cut. Features include all improvements on my wish list. As for tone and touch, we'll soon have a demo video with some surprises.

All the Best, Emmett.

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