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Suspicious Warwick Fortress on Ebay

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jive1, Jan 6, 2005.

  1. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    Here's a fishy one I found on E-Bay


    The things that make it fishy:

    2003 model, the Fortresses were discontinued as a German model years earlier. However it could be a custom job.

    It's a painted Warwick. Never ever seen one. They claim that it was because of an imperfection in the wood. If it were an imperfection, then couldn't they have gotten a different body since it was a custom job. For the most part, I find that Warwick (and Germans in general), stand behind the quality of their product. Also the Fortress was made of flame maple. Why take a gorgeous piece of flame maple and paint over it?

    Passive electronics - I know that the Fortress came in a passive version. But so do Rockbasses. If it were passive then the cost would be less anyway.

    Ovankol Neck - The fortresses had wenge necks. But this could be a custom job so who knows. My Fortress Flashback has an ovankol neck because it was a custom job made from left over parts, but my Fortress One and Fortress MM have wenge necks.

    I'm thinking that it's a Rockbass with a Warwick neck. I know that the bridge is a German one, but if it were added later painting it would cover up the old holes of the one piece rockbass bridge.

    The price is outrageous anyway, so I don't think anyone would bid on it. Unless someone is really desperate to buy a Fortress. But they can be had for much cheaper anyway. And for that price, I'd rather have flamed maple than paint anyway.

    I'm thinking about e-mailing the serial number to Warwick to verify.
  2. Price kind of high for a factory reject. But what about the papers? Kind of a defensive posture for a seller to take on his opening pitch.
  3. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    I never thought of it as a factory reject. If so, then the price is really high. I'm also not sure if the papers will indicate much other than the stock specs.

    Anyway, I emailed Warwick and hopefully they can ID it. They were able to ID my Fortress Flashback to the year and color.
  4. It's not a factory reject. According to the ebay auction, the "imperfection" in the wood was not desired by the customer, so it was painted at the customer's request by Warwick.