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=The Warwick Fortress Club=

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

  1. RIP

    RIP California U.S.A. Supporting Member

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    I sent in a request and Florence e-mailed me back and said they'd do it, but I had to destroy the old one. Here's the deal though, when they send me the new one it will have the old Serial Number on it

    If they couldn't do it, I was just going to go through Warmoth and get one....It probably would have been a lot cheaper

    Just so you know, the neck on my RB was perfect, when I got this new one the neck was really, really chunky. I thought I would be able to get use to it, but in the end I had to swap it out..........I love these Fortress's that much to go through making this Bass a perfect playing machine
     
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  2. bluejay

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    Can I join this club with a RB Fortress 5? Warning - it's a lefty... ;) :D

    It's a 2005 model, with the old-style one-piece bridge and a standard, shallow-ish neck which I love. No neck dive. Active electronics, with a 9V battery that seems to last forever :)

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    It's got D'Addario Chromes on; the low B is thicker than most roundwounds, and it doesn't pass through the hole in the bridge unless you strip the string of its silk. (The new Warwick bridge has cured the problem on newer models.)
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  3. jester

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    Wow that escalated quickly @RIP.
     
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    Hey @bluejay , sweet bass, nice colour and awesome wood grain. Black hardware is very unusual for RockBass models in practice. Is that a one piece body? I can't tell easily.
     
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    Thanks Jester! Yes, it's definitely bolt-on - I hate neck-through construction. The black hardware on that beautiful blue colour sold me that bass! (I was looking for my first 5-string Corvette at the time, but Thomann didn't have any lefty ones in stock, so I got the Fortress instead.)
    Mind you, setting up the intonation and the saddles' height is a bit of a b*tch to do properly without shining a massive, bright light directly on the spot! But I can live with that. :D
     
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    I meant if the body is one or two pieces of swamp ash. :)
     
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    Yes, bolt on means it's one piece. Neck-through has a long neck where two wooden 'wings' are added at the bottom to create the body. :)
     
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    One piece for bolt-on is not always a given. For example, here's a close-up of my '94 Corvette Proline:

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  10. bluejay

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    @jester - one piece, as far as I can see.
    @Toepfer - I don't think it's common to have two-piece bolt-ons, at least in high-end instruments. Mine's a cheapo, so perhaps it looks like it's one piece but it isn't, and they managed to disguise it with the paint and the lacquer! :D
     
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    I think it's mostly a matter of cost.
    On certain occasions you can have a bookmatched body, made of two mirror halves. Slightly off topic, but the pic below shows my husband's original 1964 Höfner violin bass on the left, next to my recent, Indonesian-made model. Spot the one piece vs the (not quite perfectly) bookmatched! :D

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  12. jester

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    I don't understand, is the Fortress a one piece or a two piece body? These two sentences seem to conflict. For the record, all my Warwicks are bolt-ons with two or even three piece bodies.
     
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    I simply meant to say that, as far as I can see, the body of my Fortress is one piece; either that, or the join is very well disguised by the paint and lacquer.
     
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    My MTD the Sadowsky (Labella) B won't fit the hipshot bridge so I have to use a Chrome

    The wrap on the Chromes look a good match for your Fortress. Nice one
     
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    Crickey dick. Good luck with replacement
     
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    That's very cool and unusual, even more unusual than black hardware on a RockBass. The RB Fortress certainly has something special about it. :cool:
     
  17. RIP

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    It did. I knew I didn't like the neck as soon as I picked it up, but I was willing to give it a go.

    There is no way I'm going to sell it, I like the body style and balance to much, but to keep it in the rotation of my basses that I play all the time, I had to change the neck.....otherwise it would just sit and gather dust

    FYI, and I'm not done yet.....I still have to work on the electronics

    This will truly be a Franken-Wick when Im done
     
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