Warwick Fortress R&B - Reasonable Price?
I hang out on the double bass side . . . first post here. I think it's acceptable to post value queries in this forum, as I've found quite a few others. If not - my apologies.
I have a 1997 Warwick Fortress R&B ("Rhythm & Blues") that I'm considering selling to fund recording equipment purchases. I can't seem to locate any recent sales of one of these, and have no idea how much it's worth, and I'd appreciate help detemining a reasonable price.
I think they're pretty rare. I bought it used perhaps seven years ago, but started playing upright soon after and I just don't play slab at all anymore. (And I have other BGs.) Still, really on the fence; it's a sweet axe.
I've had little luck searching TB or other forums for info. (One problem is "R&B" gets rejected as searchable text, and it's hard to sift through all of the "Warwick/Fortress" hits.) I did find some TB Fortress R&B discussions in this thread: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/war...-unite-618208/
This was posted by TB member WarwickOfficial on page 16 of the above link:
"The Fortress R&B model was produced in the 90's, and only about 20 or so pieces were made. Most featured an Ash body, and passive P/J pickups. There really isn't much information on them! . . ."
Fortress R&B '97 (serial # B-035337-97)
Made in Germany
Wenge neck/fretboard, 24 fret, 34" scale
Brass nut (with screw height adjusters on nut for each string)
P/J setup; Pickups switched (by a previous owner) to Duncan BassLines
Active electronics (also not original)
Gig bag; no hard case
I always thought one of the R&B features was a thinner neck, like a Jazz bass vs a P-bass. I may be wrong, but it sure felt that way to me after trying out Corvettes, Thumbs, etc. (Maybe Fortress necks in general were thinner?) The fretboard width at the nut is 1-1/2"; depth of the neck, front-to-back, near the nut, before it fans out toward the headstock, is about 3/4". (Widest part of fretboard, on the body near pups, is 2-1/2".)
I also found this archived link with lots of pictures at Elderly Instruments: http://www.elderly.com/items/55U-3573.htm for a Fortress R&B sold long ago (no price listed). The funny thing is, when I looked at the serial number of my bass, I realized the bass in this ad IS my bass. (I didn't buy it from Elderly.) The bass looks pretty much the same; there are a few minor dings in the body and a new one on the top of the back of the headstock.
Any help with determining a reasonable price would be much appreciated.
IME, pre-98/99 Warwicks- w/wenge necks- are very Jazz-like in feel, as opposed to later ovangkol ones. I've also heard they eventually went back to a slimmer neck though, so who knows... As for value, I'd want upwards of a grand if I were selling, but couldn't dump a wenge-necked Thumb BO-4 for $800 fairly recently. Ask a little more than what you wil settle for and be ready to drop it a bit if necessary.
Thanks for the comments. Haven't played a different Warwick in quite a while, but like I said, my recollection is that the rest were slightly wider than the R&B - perhaps 1-5/8" to 1-3/4" at the nut, vs the 1-1/2" for my R&B.
Any other Fortress R&B comments?
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