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=The Warwick Fortress Club=

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

  1. verb

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    The grey is the signal wire and the black is the earth, does your green wire connect to the same points on the PCBs?
    Do you have a multi meter to check continuity around the circuit?
    Are the wires on the correct lugs on the output jack?
    It could be the output jack itself.
     
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    60004 Wiring SS1 SS2 Streamer Bolt-On Fortress One 1996.jpg
    Here's a more clear version of verbs document.
    The one green wire between balance and volume pots should be correct.
    Since the bass is also silent in eq bypass mode you should check the wiring from the battery and on the right hand side of the image - through pickups, balance and the volume pot, which is wired directly to the jack output and ground from the two bottom right pins.
     
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    Thanks a lot - will try
     
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    It's alive - with the Glockenklang preamp. Sounds real nice.
    Thanks again.
     
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    Way to go!
     
  6. J.Grim

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    Hey guys,
    I hope some of you Fortress experts and connoisseurs could shed me a light on a question I have.
    I bumped into a used Fortress at a reasonable price, I've notice there was a detail I've only seen on a few fortress basses, the carved cutways.
    At first I thought it was maybe a rockbass body swap because of the glossy finish, but after a quick search I found a few pics on google of early Fortresses with the same glossy finish and the same carved cuts.
    Any one have any info on this body version?

    [pic taken from the web]
     

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    I had no idea these cut-outs were a feature back then. First time I saw these was very recently, on the following bass. I thought it was a special thing for one specific customer.

     
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    Exactly what I thought when I saw that bass!
     
  9. Stainless

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    I have the same bass :) It was done for the very first Fortresses til '93. Those bodys have been glossy and the electronic was passive (which is not a good thing mixed with the "balanced" MEC-pickups, only my personal opinion). I have seen some in black and in red.
    [​IMG]
    And here is the pic of mine after modding:
    [​IMG]
     
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    Probably not the best pics, but I just installed new hardware to black this thing out......I'm digging it :)

    Before

    20180615_182944.jpg

    And after

    20190213_180340.jpg

    20190213_180102.jpg
     
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    Hi all
    Have a fortress one
    Been in cupboard since the 90s
    Gigged with it a few times mainly just jam sessions tho.
    Its the red, 4 control knobs, brass nut, serial number doeant work on the Warwick site
    West germany on the tuners
    Black EMGs
    Starts with M ends in 93
     
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    Still got an svt3 pro floating about
    Needs new tubes i reckon
     
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    Hello all,
    I have an opportunity to pick up a 1996 Fortress Masterman in very good condition with a hard case for $900 USD.
    I thought it was a great deal at first, but after looking at old classifieds on this forum, I'm starting to think maybe not as good of a deal as I initially thought. Anybody know what these cost brand new?
    Is this deal fair?
     
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    Depends on the condition of the Bass. It is located in the USA, there Fortresses are more expensive then in Europe.


    Ladies and Gentlemen, let me proudly present my Fortress Flashback from April'96.
    I bought this model first in violin-yellow, but in burgundy red it is much nicer :cool:
    Weighting 4,5 kg she has a phat tone :D
    [​IMG]
     
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    It's in very good condition. I think 900USD isn't bad, but it's nice to get a second opinion.
    upload_2020-5-8_12-19-36.png upload_2020-5-8_12-19-51.png
     
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    I have a red glossy one :)
    I looked for the pics I posted 8 years ago when I bought my W :
    Still my favorite bass ...
     
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    Guys how would I go about checking the serial number on the headstock?
    I tried the site a while ago and nothing came up
    Went to have a look again and I'm struggling to even navigate on the there for some reason.
     
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    Sent the pics off to the site with a brief description
    And now we wait....
     
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