Warwick Fortress .135B

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  1. ODDBALL

    ODDBALL Supporting Member

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    Hello,

    I am looking for some new strings to fit my new Warwick Fortress 5. I really want a .135 B, I am concerned that it may not fit with the tail piece of bridge on the Warwick’s. In the manual it said I may need to use a tapered B string. I am looking at string brands like D'addario, Ernie Ball, GHS. Something Nickel is preferred. Any thoughts?

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    Shaun
     
  2. Dave Siff

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    I had the same issue with a Thumb 5. I wound up SIT Powerwounds. The heaviest B they make is .130, though.
    https://www.bassstringsonline.com/S...-Build-your-own-Custom-String-Set_p_1205.html
     
  3. ODDBALL

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    I came across the D’Addario XL Nickel 5 Balanced set with .145T. Will these work with a Warwick Tail piece? Also will I need to adjust the nut?

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    Shaun
     
  4. mmbongo

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    www.bassstringsonline.com has a good selection of tapered .135's in nickel. There are not a lot of them made in the first place, but Jason sells most of them.

    You already found D'Addario...there's also LaBella, MTD and Fodera. GHS no longer makes 135's and Ernie Ball does not make tapered strings.

    I personally use Fodera's on my Lakland. My Warwick is a 4 string so I don't know how their .135's fit. I do know you'll need a tapered string though.
     
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  6. ODDBALL

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    Do you think a .145T will work at the tail piece? I would like to try out a balanced set.

    Shaun
     
  7. Jon Moody

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    I was able to save the 135 and 140 in Boomers, but they're not tapered so the OP would have to do what I've done for years with my Warwicks, and crimp the end of the string if he wants one.
     
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    Most tapers will work in that tailpiece - my .254 works in that tail piece. Your nut will need to be looked at.
     
  9. dreads311

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    I've used and enjoyed Sadowsky nickel strings. The low B comes tapered.

    Edit: sorry. They only go up to .130. They are fairly priced tho :)
     
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    What do you mean you saved the .135?

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    He used a crimping method to compress the winds around the twist near the ball end so that the full thickness B would fit the slot in his bridge. Certainly an option but a PITA if you're in a hurry.

    There are tapers the size you need, and you'll benefit from the greater articulation a taper will give you. Come by a tapered string the size you're after - it's the better solution.
     
  12. ODDBALL

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    Oh.... I thought something else.

    Sorry. .. my bad.

    Shaun
     
  13. autotech6506

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    keep it simple and just order a set of warwick strings. they might cost a little more but you will be sure that they fit. Thats what I did to avoid the possibility of something not working. the heavier b string does wonders for tension.
     
  14. Jon Moody

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    That too (and yes, it is a PITA but doable).

    What I originally meant was that the .135 and up were slated to be discontinued. The Artist Rep and I convinced the mgmt to keep a couple of them, given that the online bass community is using bigger B strings and/or tuning them lower. So, the .135 and .140 Boomers are, at this point, saved.


    Which is what I use now, whenever possible.
     
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    The D'Addario prosteel tapered .145s i have been using have a tapered section of around .085 gauge, so should be fine. If it binds in the nut slot you only need to slightly file back the upper section of the nut slot walls, .01 inch isn't much difference, easy. Just don't deepn the slot.

    GHS Official well done for saving the big boomers, funny how .135 is considered freaky-big, it's only the equivalent of a .100 E :) that's tradition for you ...
     

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