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All maple fortress one value??

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by El Duderino, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. El Duderino

    El Duderino

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    Hello all. First time post here, so forgive any breech of etiquette. I recently picked up a 94 fortress one, for what I believe to a good deal (400usd) for a German WW, despite its very un-warwick woods. I have done several searches, but I still do lot have a clear idea of what this bass is actually worth. I know there were not many made in this configuration, but is there even a market for this kind of bass? Btw, I did send pics to warwick and they were able to confirm that it is authentic (also not a rockbass). It has a 2 piece flame maple body and a seven piece maple and bubinga neck. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. UK Ken

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    Hi, welcome to the forum.

    Can you show us some pictures of you unique Warwick.
     
  3. El Duderino

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    Sure thing:

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    Augie The Desert Bass-ape

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    Dat nek! :D
     
  5. UK Ken

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    Nice bass there, the flamed maple looks awesome through the black!
     
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    hey nathan, some fortress basses been built with maple necks early 90's. mostly they were 4-stringer and just pure maple. had a streamer bolt on 5-strings with the same neck and it was all original:)
    that is an incredible price! i'd say it's worth double of the price you've paid for (second hand). enjoy!

    cheers,
    herbie
     
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    What a beauty!!! Hold on to it, man!
     
  8. Nachobassman

    Nachobassman Bass, Tapas, and Rn´R!

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    Great catch at very low price you got. That´s a lovely Fortress, congrats.
     
  9. El Duderino

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    Thanks for the replies! I am much more comfortable with my purchase now. Also, someone needed to get a picture of one of those necks on the interwebs anyway!
     
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    If I could buy three of that exact bass at that price, I would.
     
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    Hey man, just one request: MOAR PIX! :)
     
  12. El Duderino

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    Here are a few more. As you'll see, this bass is not without its flaws. It has a bad case of buckle rash :mad: and the original truss rod cover is missing, although someone found a piece of flame maple as a replacement cover and stained it black, which looks nice.

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    looks like a great bass and a great deal. if i were you id probably order up some black hardware and a warwick trussrod cover with all the money i saved :)
     
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    Beautiful bass man, welcome to the forum :)
     
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    Seems to be a non-black headstock? Maybe it's just image noise. In any case, color, woods and those two Js look absolutely killer. Hopefully it sounds as good. I really wish I could find one around, or even a Jazzman V.

    Excellent find, Nathan. My serious admiration and congratulations. And anything else ending with ation.
     
  16. Nachobassman

    Nachobassman Bass, Tapas, and Rn´R!

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    We have seen that a lot in "vintage" ´wicks, apparently that plastic veneer looses its dark colour with time.


    @El Duderino: Don´t bother about buckle rash, it´s all MOJO. 8:
     
  17. El Duderino

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    @Loerend, the head stock does appear to have lost a bit of its color. It also looks like it has more texture to it than my thumb.

    @Nacho, I don't mind the "mojo", but I would prefer to "mojocize" it myself and buckle rash would not be something I would subject such a fine instrument to. It does give it a more rustic look though, which I can live with.
     
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