Discontinued Gems…

Waterstone Rainwood  Acoustic Bass

As a rhythm guitar player that sometimes plays bass- I have the deepest respect for those who are true bass players. With the drummer, they hold it together and make us guitar players and singers look good. Over the past 6 years, I have greatly improved as a bass player, but I still approach it as a guitar player…

All that to say, I probably review basses the way that I play them- from a guitarists point-of-view.


The Waterstone Rainwood Bass is a full bodied acoustic 4 string bass. Featuring a Spruce Top with Nato sides, this bass projects extremely well when used in an acoustic setting. The neck is much narrower than most electric basses, and fits well into my playing style, and is very comfortable.

The Rainwood also features internal electronics, so that it can be plugged in to a PA system to accent an acoustic performance.  The pickup is a bridge piezo, controlled by a 4 band EQ. I found the tone when plugged in to a PA to be smooth, with the sonic range easily adjustable from low and muddy  to crisp and clean- everything you would want from such an instrument.
Like Waterstone’s acoustic guitars, the workmanship is superb on the Rainwood bass. The neck features a beautiful “tree of life” inlay, and the body has a beautiful binding that separates it from many mid-priced acoustic basses on the market. (click pictures to zoom on detail)

To my knowledge, Waterstone is no longer manufacturing these instruments, however an email to the company can clear that up for you. The price, as I recall was more than reasonable- between $400 and $600.

Waterstone Carnaby 12 string Electric

Like it’s little brother- the Waterstone Carnaby, this discontinued gem is modeled after the Gibson ES-335. However instead of 6 strings, this model was jangle-rific with its 12 strings. Featuring Grover tuners and a pair of humbuckers, the clean crisp tones on this model are as true as it’s 6 string counterpart.

Set-neck, full hollow body with a beautiful finish…quilted maple with a tobacco sunburst finish.

Truly a shame that this was a limited edition, 12 or 15 guitar run, as this 12 string competes with the best of them.

If you can find one- buy it. You will not be disappointed.

reviews of discontinued gems that are worth seeking out. Got a review to submit?- please drop me a line:

clay@6stringdeals.com

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