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=The Warwick Fortress Club=

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by Jonah, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. martenot

    martenot

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    Hello, I am a happy owner of a 1994 Fortress One, 4-string, wenge neck... but I feel I would be even happier if it had a fretless neck, even though the '24 bronze frets' of mine are sooooo nice!

    I have searched for a fretless Fortress, but for the moment the right instrument has not appeared, so...

    A new thread has just been started in the WTB Section:
    Wtb Fretless Neck For 4-string Fortress One Mig 1994

    There, besides dealing with my neck search, I request your expert advice on the issue... and recommendations as to which luthiers could best make a serious 'replacement' neck.

    Your comments will be most welcome.

    Thanks!
     
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    The upgrades are almost complete> Since last post, I have added Luminlay fret markers and Wenge tuning knobs (Thanks Warwick Nashville!)
    Shipping today are a set of wenge control knobs, with luminlay inserts (Thanks D-Cline design).

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    Still loving my Fortress One! More pics to follow
     
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    My Fortress family :)
    '96 Flashback, '93 Fortress One, '95 Masterman


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    RIP California U.S.A.

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    I'll add my newly re-fined 04' RB to this club

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  5. CliffHNZ

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    Yours is an '04 as well? Interesting. Mine doesn't have the 'W' and has RockBass written up the headstock. Which month was yours made? Mine was March?
     
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    RIP California U.S.A.

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    Mine was made in March to. So we basically have a set from the same litter :)

    When I bought mine about 2 years ago it looked like somebody tried to scratch off the RB logo. It looked bad, So I painted that back then, and got a little W sticker made.
     
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    I was wondering if I somehow got one of the last of the Rockbass labelled ones before the W lol!! Pretty cool we both have March '04 basses, both 5s, and neither one of us are ever parting with them :)
     
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    kimgee Wenge Taste Tester Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    Where did you get the sticker? I need one for my Fortress One, since they painted over the original logo.:(
     
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    RIP California U.S.A.

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    I know, its like I found my long lost brother or something!! And I love the "Burst" on your Fortress. I think if mine was the same as yours I wouldn't have done a re-fin.....I just didn't like that cherry color on mine

    But yeah, I'll never get rid of this Fortress, its kind of a magical bass for me. It sounds great, its super comfortable and well balanced. There's not one thing I don't like about it.

    Warwick needs to put these back into production
     
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    RIP California U.S.A.

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    There's a little place at a shopping mall that makes custom stickers by my house. They just download an image from the internet, size it, change the color to what you want and presto! And it only cost about $5.00 for two of them, so I didn't think that was to bad
     
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  11. CliffHNZ

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    Warwick DEFINITELY needs to put them back in production!! One thought I always had was doing a Fortress with the Thumb pickup setup. I'm still tempted to make my own body out of one of the native woods here in NZ (either swamp Kauri or Rimu) and transplant the electronics into it with the Thumb 5 string setup for the jazz pickups and see how it sounds.
     
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    RIP California U.S.A.

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    I think that is an awesome idea!!
     
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    kimgee Wenge Taste Tester Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    Thanks for the info. I will check into having a sticker made.
     
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    Foal30 Supporting Member

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    Another reason to come to Chch NZ bro!
     
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    OK, since you're in Christchurch, at some stage, we need to jam :)
     
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    RIP California U.S.A.

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    That would be one heck of a trip....come down there and hang with you guys!
     
  17. CliffHNZ

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    12 hours from either SFO or LAX to Auckland (actually closer to 11 hours most of the time), then 90 minutes down to here :)
     
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    I've always wanted to go to Australia....I might have to think about this
     
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    I'm out at Sth Brighton
    Nice here when it's not flooding
     
  20. CliffHNZ

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    I'm over in Bishopdale. We really will have to get together at some stage and jam a bit. It's been so long since I played with another bassist that I almost forgot how much fun it could be.
     
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