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94 Fortress truss rod removal?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by mjbing, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. mjbing


    May 5, 2005
    Western Oklahoma

    Bought this Fortress and the truss rod nut just spins. It
    won't tighten or come off. I watch the video twice (from
    Warwick). The rod won't lift and pull out as easy as the
    video shows. Like it's stuck in there. It's all greasy below the nut as well. I can see the square thing below the nut. Needle nose pliers and my vice like grip will not pull this thing out. Any suggestions.
    Thanks to all. :D
  2. Hi.

    First of all, I don't have any first hand experience about the Warwick TR removal.

    That said, which one do You have of the three options?

    The most probable failure that has lead to Your situation is a bit different in each of the TR designs, and may have caused something to wedge itself between the beams, causing the TR to jam into the channel.

    It's also possible that it's just stuck because of humidity changes in the neck, or the lubricating has been neglected the last time the TR was replaced. In those cases gentle drying or just as gentle tap may loose it up.

  3. mjbing


    May 5, 2005
    Western Oklahoma
    The grease was 20 years old.
    It was thick and sticky hence the stuck
    part. Long nose vice grip plyres, a large
    screwdriver and a hammer were the tools
    of choice. Five healthy taps and it was out. :cool:
    Ordered a new one from NEW YORK CITY.
    Happy happy happy I am. :D
    Thanks for the reply T-Bird.
  4. Hi.

    You're welcome.

    I was hoping for someone who actually had replaced a similar TR to chime in with experience based advice, but happy to hear it all went well.

    That's a very genius way of making a replaceable TR IMHO, I might have to tweak on that design and scratch the previous TR idea I had ;).

  5. RCCollins

    RCCollins Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    San Diego, California
    Glad to hear that Fortress will be keeping its original wenge neck!

    I once got a Fortress Masterman off ebay, and it arrived with the truss rod nut completely loose.

    I wasn't technically adept at the time, so I SENT IT BACK to the seller! Who knows, mighta been a cheap and easy fix!
  6. mjbing


    May 5, 2005
    Western Oklahoma
    170.00 pluss shipping from
    I'll post results of the install.
  7. mjbing


    May 5, 2005
    Western Oklahoma
    Waiting for NEW YORK CITY custom shop to receive
    truss rod from Warwick- Germany and then ship to me.
    I've only been able to play this fine Fortress for 15 minutes before I noticed the broke truss rod. Fretboard
    is cleaned, frets are polished, all cleaned and ready for
    truss rod and strings. I had to put her back in the case.
    It was so hard to look at her and NOT be able to make music. :( :crying:
    Some consouling words from my BassBuds would be nice.
    Sob sniff
  8. Hi.

    Hang in there, I'm sure it'll be worth it.
    You can comfort yourself by the fact that at least you have a bass that enables easy TR swap.

    Anything else (except certain Rics) and You'd be looking at spending hundreds of dollars and most likely could not have done it yourself.

  9. mjbing


    May 5, 2005
    Western Oklahoma
    Hello every body :cool:

    The truss rod arrived and slid in like real easy.
    Adjusted to a flat fretboard and The Fortress
    plays like butter. The wenge neck is to die for.
    Many thanks to all, especially Jessie with Warwick
    Custom Shop in NEW YORK CITY.
    I am happy happy happy. :D

  10. RCCollins

    RCCollins Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    San Diego, California
    So glad to hear this worked out for you. I wouldn't want to see an early fortress out of commission!

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