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attracted to a warwick fortress one pj - some questions

Discussion in 'Warwick Basses' started by Justice4trance, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. Justice4trance


    Sep 20, 2013
    someone in my area is ok if i trade my warwick germany single pu streamer 99 with his warwick germany fortress one pj configuration.
    i am very eager for the trade due to color and shape of fortress and also being a sucker for old no longer in production basses
    the big BUT is i'm not sure of the knobs and its functions as well as the pj configuration - how does it work. i'm a noob when it comes to this configuration.
    Only going to his place this sunday to check out but i will like to have some advance information if possible.
    i like my streamer but i have a stingray5 which has the same configuration(and more). I will like to trade this with the hope i can achieve another few tones with that pj configuration.
    other than the pick ups mean as simple as getting a jazz sound as well as getting a pbass sound what happens when both blend ? i checked out youtube but still not so clear. what i know of course there's the warwick tone that i like.
    oh...looking at it the body is flamed maple i guess ?

    care to elaborate anyone?
    Thank you.

    this one
    for mine
  2. There are four pots. The first is the vol with push/pull for active/passive switching. Then balance pot between the P and J pickups; and the last two pots are bass and treble for the two band active preamp. You can also look up on warwick.de under support menu to find this info out. Their website has this info for any current and other discontinued warwick gear. Btw what year and specs is the Warwick Fortress that you are looking at trading your Streamer for?
  3. Justice4trance


    Sep 20, 2013
    thank you for this. So there's a blend pot, great!
    picture he sent of back of headstock with serial number is not clear and not able yet to talk to him more. Will know and check out when i meet him on sunday.
    Thanks again!
  4. WardEarth

    WardEarth Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    Anchormanville, CA
    I could be wrong, but I believe my 94 fortress has a similar but still different setup. The top two knobs are both volume, one for each pickup. And the bottom two are bass and treble.
  5. WardEarth does your volume have a push/pull feature? My 1994 5-string Fortress One has four knobs. One is the master volume with push (active) and pull out (passive). The one to the left on the bottom is the pan - from one pup to the other pup. The middle bottom sets the bass on BOTH pups. The furthest to the right lower knob set the treble on BOTH pups. Again, there are possibly other configs out there but this is what my Fortress has.
  6. I have two Fortress Ones - a 94 and a 99. On both the controls are the same, with the only difference being the master volume on the 94 is push-pull to engage/disengage the preamp. The 99 is fully passive (and I'm converting the 94 to be the same).

    The control closest to the neck is the pickup pan (with centre detent), the one at the bottom is the bass control, the top one is the volume and the one closest to the bridge is the treble.
  7. I just took delivery of a new GK MB500 fusion. I've had fun experimenting with the passive mode on my Fortress One. I can get a sound unlike the one I get in active mode - very nice and smooth. When in passive I boost the mid lows a little and leave the bass at noon. Makes a nice sound when in the tube mode (gain at 1 o'clock, master around 9 o'clock. My cab is a GK 212 II NEO. Roundwounds sound awesome with that rig.