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got a Fortress, but it's weird...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by K-Funk, Feb 17, 2008.


  1. K-Funk

    K-Funk

    Sep 24, 2007
    Auburn Hills, MI
    Scored an absolutely minty 1995 Warwick Fortress One 5-string today!!!! It sounds great and does everything a 'wick should :] however, I looked up the info on the bass on warwick.de and it said that the One had an ash body, whereas mine clearly has a maple body, which is extremely flamey:

    warwick008.

    does anyone know about this variety of fortress? also, couldst thou enlighten me as to which knob does what (I only got it two hours ago)? and by the way, the color of the bass is a bit more toward the dark-brown side; the pic makes it look a tad reddish.
     
  2. mashed potatoes

    mashed potatoes

    Nov 11, 2003
    I can't help you with the body wood but as far as controls I can tell you what I believe they are (this is how they are on my 93 fortress one):

    Top left knob in your photo is volume, push/pull active/passive
    Top right knob in your photo is pickup blend
    Under the volume is treble boost/cut
    Under the blend is bass boost/cut

    She looks gorgeous and I wish you many years of beautiful sounds and grooves out of her. Mine always treated me well.
     
  3. MyUsernameHere

    MyUsernameHere ?????????????

    Nov 3, 2007
    Lexington KY
    That's some nice flame for a Wick.

    I've seen maple bodied Fortress Ones before--not that many but I haven't really payed that much attention. Maybe its a custom order?
     
  4. Happynoj

    Happynoj

    Dec 5, 2006
    UK
    I like turtles.
    Go ask about it on the Warwick forums at www.warwick.de

    I'm pretty sure that someone there will be able to help.
     
  5. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    I owned one that was practically identical to yours. Maple body and wenge neck was the standard issue in those days. No claim was made that they used flamed maple...it was just pot luck and you have an exceptional one there. The bodies were three peice and the necks were four or five peice.

    I am not sure I've seen any ash bodied Fortresses, maybe the current Rockbass version but not the original German models.

    Nice bass, if you ever have the hankering to sell it please put it up here so I can try and snag it!!!
     
  6. K-Funk

    K-Funk

    Sep 24, 2007
    Auburn Hills, MI
    that's strange; maybe warwick.de got the facts wrong on their own bass :[

    Here's another pic, it's closer to the actual color but a little bit lighter, and it doesn't show the flame that well. Think of the actual color as a cross between this pic and the one above. Also, those aren't dings, just a dirty mirror :p the bass is flawless.

    warwick005.
     
  7. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    You're killing me! I loved that bass...I kick myself for selling it.

    The color is called "Honey Violin".

    I swapped the MEC pickups for a pair of Seymour Duncan Basslines, I got a little more punch from the SD's.

    Anyway, enjoy that bass.
     
  8. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    When I looked at Warwick.de, they listed the Fortress Ones as having maple bodies, not ash:
    Fortress One 4- and 5-strings

    * 2-piece Maple body
    * Wenge neck (3-piece for 4-strings / 4-piece for 5-strings)
    * saddle width 38,5 mm / 24. fret 63 mm (4-strings)
    * saddle width 45 mm / 24. fret 69 mm (5-strings)
    * neck thickness: 1. fret 21 mm / 18. fret 24,5 mm (4- and 5-strings)
    * bolt-on neck
    * Wenge fingerboard
    * long scale 86,4 cm
    * 24 frets from patented bronze / silver alloy
    * chrome hardware
    * active or passive MEC P/J pickups 4-strings)
    * active or passive MEC J/J pickups (5-strings)
    * active or passive MEC electronic
    * 1 Volume, 1 Balance, 2 tone potis Bass und Treble
    * 2-piece Warwick bridge
    * length 111.5 cm (4-strings), 112 cm (5-strings)
    * weight 4 kg (4-strings), 4,2 kg (5-strings)

    The Fortress Flashbacks (which were way too awesome for their own good) had ash bodies.
     
  9. K-Funk

    K-Funk

    Sep 24, 2007
    Auburn Hills, MI
    that's strange, because in the little history section above the specs it says:

     
  10. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    Seeing as you have a Fortress One with a maple body I would be willing to chalk up the differences between the bullet points and the paragraphs to a typo. ;)
     
  11. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    The first year or two they had 3 piece bodies (as you can see in these pics) and the 5'ers had 5 piece necks (at least mine did)

    Did I mention that I regret selling that bass?
     
  12. K-Funk

    K-Funk

    Sep 24, 2007
    Auburn Hills, MI
    COOL!!!! this one has a 3-piece body (as you can clearly see in the pictures) and my dad (a professional luthier and gunsmith) and I looked at the neck, and it's definately a 5-piece. Again, this bass was made in early 1995. Man, looks like I found a real gem!!
     
  13. justabass

    justabass

    Nov 7, 2006
    Nashville TN/Old Hickory TN
    Endorsing-Trace Elliot,Peavey Basses,PedalTrain,Starkey inears
    I've never seen one with anything but a maple body...
     
  14. Mofo-Kang

    Mofo-Kang

    Aug 26, 2006
    Modesto, CA
    That one looks pretty nice. I have a fretless Fortress 5er with the same pickup/control layout, but the previous owner put bartolinis in it. Mine's a darker brown color, though...don't think it's maple, but it has a little bit of a flame to it.
     

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  15. Mofo-Kang

    Mofo-Kang

    Aug 26, 2006
    Modesto, CA
    you can see the grain a little better on the back.
     

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  16. justabass

    justabass

    Nov 7, 2006
    Nashville TN/Old Hickory TN
    Endorsing-Trace Elliot,Peavey Basses,PedalTrain,Starkey inears
    Here ya go...
    1995WarwickFortressOne5.
    3.
     
  17. K-Funk

    K-Funk

    Sep 24, 2007
    Auburn Hills, MI
    nice mojo! how much did you have to slap it to get the finish to wear off right there? and did your thumb wear it away over the pickup??
     
  18. justabass

    justabass

    Nov 7, 2006
    Nashville TN/Old Hickory TN
    Endorsing-Trace Elliot,Peavey Basses,PedalTrain,Starkey inears
    Here's another one I sold a while back...Kinda regret it!
    fortressfull.
    Fortressback.
     
  19. K-Funk

    K-Funk

    Sep 24, 2007
    Auburn Hills, MI
    smexy green....... does anyone have a color catalogue for Fortress Ones?
     
  20. justabass

    justabass

    Nov 7, 2006
    Nashville TN/Old Hickory TN
    Endorsing-Trace Elliot,Peavey Basses,PedalTrain,Starkey inears
    Well it was my only bass for a long time. From 95 to 2006 I was averaging 250 to 300+ shows a year on this bass. The thumb wear area is actually wore way down into the wood. She's semi retired these days. I have her strung up E-C right now. I need to overhaul the preamp and refret pretty badly. I'll always have this one thats for sure! You're gonna love yours!
     

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