Ibanez SR600 or Warwick Fortress One (German)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by xantometapon, Nov 22, 2012.


  1. xantometapon

    xantometapon

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    Hello there!

    Some time ago I asked for help.
    I was btw an 2010 Streamer LX4 and a Fortress One from 1994 (made in Germany).

    I got the LX4 and I am loving it.

    My next purchase was going to be an Ibanez SR600 because I wanted to give the SR necks´a try, but I have noticed that the Fortress is stil available.

    I know maybe is not an apples to apples comparison but, taking into account that they are priced about the same, I just wanted to ask which one would you think is a better bass and which one would you buy.

    I love Warwicks, I now have three of them.
    Wouldn´t mind getting another one, but stil want to try the Ibanez.

    I am a lefty, so no way I can test first. I have to buy and take the risk.

    PLEASE HELP!!!
  2. xring

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    I may get backlash for this, but I believe the Warwick is a solid step above the Ibanez, especially being priced the same.
  3. DeliriumTremens

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    I'd take the Warwick
  4. El-Bob

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    What? Warwick. This isn't even a contest. Maybe if it was a lesser Warwick model, you could consider the Ibanez; they do make some great basses. This is a no-brainer though. Warwick, absolutely.

    Warwick.
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  6. guitar<bass

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    Yeah, I have one. Sr506 isn't even in the same league. I mean, I like the ibanez and that's one bass I pick up nearly every time I see it. Its cool but not nearly as good, imho, as a Fortress.
  7. Herrick

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    Why is the Fortress being sold at the same price as the SR600? What kind of condition is The Fortress in. Question for those who know a lot about Warwicks: I don't see one German-made Fortress on eBay. Are they very rare? Does it matter what shape the Fortress is in if the OP can get it so cheaply?
  8. hgiles

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    Either the SR600 is way overpriced or the Warwick is a dog -- under normal circumstances these instruments are not even direct competitors.

    Maybe you're comparing a new Ibanez price against a used Warwick? Of course the used bass will offer more value.

    Having said that, I had an opportunity to buy some NOS German Warwicks at a killer price and passed...now I've got two Ibby's. Warwicks just don't fit my character.
  9. ilikebass7

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    I love my fortress. It's an incredible bass. If it has a Wenge neck pick it up.
  10. El-Bob

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    ...even if it doesn't have a wenge neck, it's still the better choice.
  11. ilikebass7

    ilikebass7 Supporting Member

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    I agree. The Ovangkol necks are just a lot thicker than ibanez necks. Soundgear necks are ing and fast as are Wenge Warwick necks. Either way I would go for the fortress
  12. xantometapon

    xantometapon

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    Thanks for the repplies.

    The Ibanez is new and the Fortress is used of course.

    I can not see the Fortress in person, but the photos that the seller has posted show that it is in very good shape. Looks like NOS.

    I really cannot see why it has not been sold yet.
    Maybe it is because it´s lefty or maybe it´s the fact that he does not offer shipping, just collection in person.

    The Fortress comes with the wenge neck.

    Any more comments?
  13. hgiles

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    Definitely the used Warwick is going to be more worth the money against a brand new Ibanez. Generally, the Warwick is going to be more exclusive and desireable -- but I found Ibanez to be more inspiring to play, so I went and found a used MIJ Ibanez Prestige.

    If youre into metal and grunge then the Warwick might be the better choice as your peers would probably love it.

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