I too have previously explained what I threw was AN ALLSTAR Uncut Blank measuring 13'2" that once cut was known as a 1508! I also have explained that a Rainshadow blank 1508 comes or did come from the manufacturer were 12'6"! I learned this from various builders who built both types! I too don't understand what the issue is at this point as it is very easy for me to understand! I would love to try and find an uncut 13'2" Allstar blank that threw awesome! I have a 1509 and the blank I am looking for loads a lot easier for me compared to the 1509! I greatly appreciate everyones help and questions maybe one will turn up or someone who has one will want to sell it, who knows!
I will confess that I resisted the All Stars when they first came out and stuck with my Surfsticks and 9000's up until 2002. My Rodanthe friends were Team Breakaway and I was still Team Old School...
TW's was having a wintertime sale and had shop wrapped All Stars along with your choice of a new Slosh 20 or 30 for $300 as I remember.
At the time a retail All Star Blank cost $200 and the Slosh's were $100, so in effect TW's was wrapping it for free, I bought one from an old friend at the Kitty Hawk store to try it out, he even filled it with Trilene for free.
Took that 1508 straight to the beach on a cold February morning ...........made two casts...........went straight back to TW's and bought two more.....
First time I went actual fishing with that 1508 on the very first cast off South Point of Ocracoke that April caught a 30" puppy in the first three seconds of the first cast..........two casts later I caught a 50"er, it is a lucky stick.........
I have the factory built 1509.. decal says 12'6".. The blank is 13' and 2 inches were cut from it before it was shipped to me. My BHSS1508 50/50 is 13'10" long. It has a 6'9" tip and 7'7" butt. I don't know how anyone could confuse the All Star for a Rainshadow or vise versa. The finishes weren't even close. All Star matte black the Rainshadow USA were available in transparent black gloss and matte clear.
Not saying Andy is lying about buying the All Stars but alot of people bought the left over blanks from All Star when they closed. I have 1418's and 967's and some Austin fly blanks I bought from them that were assembly line blanks (All Star stopped making rod builder blanks in 2004) The last 2 1/2 years they only made factory rods (And not many were surf rods) and blanks for some OEM shops like American Tackle!
hater.. had one you coulda bought..but you went with the lami 1502. That was the same 1508 I caught them stripers at the Point with.. you should remember now... naw this All* 1508, this dude's got is legit, its the same builder that built mine.
Garboman, not hard to accept here....in fact, I'll confirm your stats....You're right on.......I've own 3 Allstar 1508 blanks, built into rods, all 13'2". I had some 1509 Allstar blanks that were actually 13'4". All the blanks had factory labels with either the 1508 or 1509 designation.