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Warwick Fortress One

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Helix, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. Helix

    Helix California U.S.A.

    May 29, 2015
    I thought I’d show you guy’s a ’94 Fortress One that I picked up about a week ago

    This weekend I decided to do a re-finish

    I also had some chrome hardware from another project laying around and replaced the gold

    So far I think it’s looking pretty good……take a look

    Pic from when I got it


    And after the new paint job

    Last edited: Mar 19, 2018
  2. Helix

    Helix California U.S.A.

    May 29, 2015
    A couple of pics during the re-fin



  3. dannoman

    dannoman Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2004
    Looks great!
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  4. Helix

    Helix California U.S.A.

    May 29, 2015
    Thanks man!......I think I'll swap out the pup's to, but I'm still debating what brand

    My first thought was the W/W Nordstrand Blades.....still kind of on the fence though
  5. dannoman

    dannoman Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2004
    Always loved the Fortress line.
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  6. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    nice looking! nice refinish job, too! :thumbsup:
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  7. Helix

    Helix California U.S.A.

    May 29, 2015
    Thanks @JRA !
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  8. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Looks good!
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  9. Roccafella


    May 20, 2009
    Orangevale, CA
    Wow, she's beautiful!!!
    what type of finish is that?
    i like the matte look. 20180322_215823.jpg
    I have a "violet" '96 ive been a bit chicken to refin. The color never did grow on me.

    Thanks for a bit of inspiration...
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  10. Helix

    Helix California U.S.A.

    May 29, 2015
    Thanks man!

    When I was looking around for a Fortress I almost bought a violet one. It was owned by a punk band in Hollywood and unfortunately it was really beat up. But yours looks like it's in real good shape

    Anyway, I did a DIY. I sanded it down, pretty much all the way to bare wood, primed it, sanded the primer to get a nice level smooth surface to paint on, and shot it with 3 coats of mate black, and then 3 coats of Satin clear (using Rust O'leam products) and that was it

    It's really not that hard, but it takes time for everything to dry in between coats.....if your thinking about doing it to yours, you can PM me and I'll help if you need it
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2018
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  11. Roccafella


    May 20, 2009
    Orangevale, CA
    Have you decided on new pups yet?
    whadjya git?

    I recently replaced the active MEC'S with Nordstrands in my PJ Fortress. The NJ4SE and NP4A specifically. I like them OK but I feel she's still missing something. I also installed a 4band Audere Classic pre last year which made a huge improvement. So really she no longer has the guts to create that "Warwick Growl" yet somehow she still pulls it off.
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  12. Helix

    Helix California U.S.A.

    May 29, 2015
    I know a couple of people that have swapped out the pups on their Wick and have said the same thing....you know Warwicks moto....."The Sound of Wood"....so maybe their tone is baked into the wood???.....who knows?

    But no not yet.....I was thinking about some Barts and am still thinking about the Nordy Big Blades W/W.....put I did add a MEC preamp to the passive MEC's that were already in it.....it definitely gave it some punch

    But since the OP I bought a new neck for it straight from Warwick with the old Serial Number stamped on the back. I wanted something thinner then what the original came (comes) with.....while she was down waiting for delivery I added a little something to the finish.....check it out


    And a few pics of the new neck.....it's hard to see but if you look at the Serial Number it says it's a '94



    And look at that beautiful Wenge!


    So what this is now, is a

    '94 Maple Body
    '17 Hardware (from a Streamer)
    '18 Masterbuilt Wenge Neck with a brass JAN
    MEC Passive Pups
    MEC pre amp (from a '15 Thumb)
    And a custom Helix Finish

    There's a lot of MOJO in this bass :)
  13. Roccafella


    May 20, 2009
    Orangevale, CA
    Nice Work Dude! Stepped it up a few notches since i saw her last, shes a solid 8.5 now. How much faster is she since the stripe install?
    All the best of Warwick frankened onto their best looking body style.
    Very well done
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  14. Roccafella


    May 20, 2009
    Orangevale, CA
    and as far as the baked in Wick tone, I gotta call shenanigans. Everytime i start an argument with natural law and physics and such I end up looking stupid. its probably my ears because she's been my goto bass for 10+ years. cant wait to paint her
  15. Helix

    Helix California U.S.A.

    May 29, 2015
    Yours is beautiful just the way she is.....but a little paint and polish would make her feel like brand new again

    Make sure you post some pics when you get around to doing it......I'll be waiting for em':)
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