How dark is the Warwick Fortress fretboard?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Helaskold, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. Helaskold

    Helaskold 100% Mediocre

    Jul 22, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Hey guys, I am just about to pull the trigger on a Warwick Rockbass Fortress 5-string bass but I never trust the pictures to show how dark the fretboard is.

    I know it's rosewood but sometimes they companies make the rosewood really dark to where it's almost ebony looking. THAT'S what I want. I just wouldn't be happy with it not being very dark.

    If any of you have had a chance to see one of these in person, I would really appreciate you confirming if it looks as ebony-like as it does in the pictures.

    The bass in question:

    If I can get confirmation, I'm going to buy it almost immediately, so any input would be great!

    Also, side question: Are these pups noisy? They didn't sound noisy in the demo vids but I figured I should ask.

    Thanks for reading!
  2. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    Well, just like all figured tops don't look alike, so too will each fretboard be different. Unless you're able to get a picture of the one you're actually buying, then you can't be certain what you'll get.
  3. Helaskold

    Helaskold 100% Mediocre

    Jul 22, 2012
    Austin, TX
    While the above is totally accurate, I would like even one person's experience with them to know if there's even a chance of getting a super dark one. I'm ordering straight through Warwick so, if I was told you can get them ebony-ish, I would just ask for the darkest one they have.

    If no one has any input, I'm sure I'd still order it blind, but I don't believe in returning items unless they aren't working so I would be stuck with it. Any responses would be helpful! Thanks.
  4. You could dye / stain it darker pretty easily, I'd think.
  5. Looks pretty dark in the pictures I've seen. Nothing looks worse than a dried out light colored piece of rosewood.

  6. Helaskold

    Helaskold 100% Mediocre

    Jul 22, 2012
    Austin, TX
    See, that looks pretty nice. I totally agree. It would ruin the bass for me if it came in looking light colored. The dark fretboard just makes the Warwick aesthetic imho.