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$250 Warwick RockBass Fortress 5 worth it?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BXBss, Jun 12, 2017.


  1. BXBss

    BXBss

    Jun 8, 2017
    Puebla, Mexico
    I just saw online a guy selling this bass for around $250 and I was thinking that maybe it was a good deal.

    What are your opinions on this bass? Should I buy it?
     
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  2. BXBss

    BXBss

    Jun 8, 2017
    Puebla, Mexico
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  3. 5544

    5544

    Dec 1, 2015
    Some people won't think it is worth it for the following reasons:
    • It doesn't say Fender on the headstock.
    • Too many strings.
    • String / bridge spacing.
    • It looks odd.
    • Chrome hardware.
    • The price.
    • The feel.
    • The sound.
    • The color.
    Some people will think it is worth it for the following reasons:
    • It doesn't say Fender on the headstock.
    • Too many strings.
    • String / bridge spacing.
    • It looks odd.
    • Chrome hardware.
    • The price.
    • The feel.
    • The sound.
    • The color.
    All reasons above are in no particular order.
     
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  4. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton My P doesn’t have flats or tort Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    If it plays well and there are no issues I'd say it's definitely worth it. The ones on ebay are much more expensive than that.
     
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  5. knumbskull

    knumbskull

    Jul 28, 2007
    UK
    it's hard to see the bridge in that pic - looks to be an older Rockbass model without the Just-a-nut and upgraded gardware/pups.

    ... in which case, that's not a terrible deal, prob about right. However if you can find one of the newer Rockbass models with the above features, they're generally much better.
     
  6. Minirehak 212

    Minirehak 212

    Mar 7, 2015
    Milwaukee
    If you look in close on the bridge you can clearly see the strings leaving the saddles to the tail piece. And this one has the classic W breadstick logo meaning it's a newer rockbass. I say go for it, that's a great deal
     
  7. knumbskull

    knumbskull

    Jul 28, 2007
    UK
    ah yes, i forgot about the headstock - good call.
     
  8. BXBss

    BXBss

    Jun 8, 2017
    Puebla, Mexico
    Do you have one? Can you give an opinion?
     
  9. alembic76407

    alembic76407

    Apr 29, 2004
    Oklahoma
    I bought a Warwick Starbass Rockbass I A-B the $1000 Starbass Rockbass with the $4000 German Starbass they had the same Pick ups the same tuning keys they sounded the same as far as I could tell, the only deference was the wood used under the paint and the paint , the rock star bass is cream white and the German is bright white. I think the Rockbass line is a great buy for a good bass
     

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  10. Minirehak 212

    Minirehak 212

    Mar 7, 2015
    Milwaukee
    I have had the Corvette $$ Rockbass in the past. While it was a great bass, and you can't find much as a better option for the money, it didn't compare to the German Corvette that I already owned. You really do notice the quality jump
     
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  11. bearhart74

    bearhart74

    Feb 26, 2009
    Play it + like it = yes
    Play it + dont like it = no
     
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  12. It sucks! Horrible deal!!!!
    ...
    .....BTW....where is it? Not that I'd buy it out from under you LOL
     
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  13. jonlimo

    jonlimo

    Jul 20, 2015
    Singapore
    You forgot to mention "left handed".
     
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  14. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods!

    I have one...bought it for $500....and that was a deal! I really like the fortress and I really like those pickups. One of the best sounds out there. One thing......mine has got to weight about 13 pounds..:woot:.. So what's keeping you?
     
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  15. The Fortress is the most comfortable shape Warwick ever produced. It balances perfectly and looks distinctive.
     
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  16. pasi

    pasi Guest

    Jan 6, 2015
    Warwick rockbasses are good quality instruments
     
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  17. I think it would be a great deal.
    Loved mine. It was the perfect any gig, any time anywhere bass and the actives were more than suitable for what I was doing. Mine was destroyed when it took a 11 foot fall into a concrete orchestra pit.
     
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  18. BXBss

    BXBss

    Jun 8, 2017
    Puebla, Mexico
    Mexico mate, musical instruments are more expensive than in the US which sucks for musicians who are looking for an upgrade from cheap Squier and Epiphone basses or guitars( I know there are good quality Squier and Epiphone instruments). I currently have an Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV as my one and only and I feel that another bass wouldn´t hurt. Right?
     
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  19. BXBss

    BXBss

    Jun 8, 2017
    Puebla, Mexico
    Money, I know it´s cheap but I don´t have a lot of money currently
     
  20. BXBss

    BXBss

    Jun 8, 2017
    Puebla, Mexico
    Oh man! That sucks. May it rest in peace,
     
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