Rockbass Fortress 4c
Rockbass Fortress 4c

Fortress 4c, 4-string bass guitar from Rockbass.

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MGR/Cliff Hairston 05/28/2010

Rockbass Fortress 4c : MGR/Cliff Hairston's user review

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2004 Warwick Rockbass Fortress 5 String in Almond Sunburst

What a gift to receive!!! My wife decided to surprise me and give me a substantial amount of the money I needed to purchase this bass as a combined birthday and Christmas. I paid $599 NZD for this brand new a few days ago.

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What's not to like. It has a wonderful sound, fantastic feel and is (to me anyway) better than the newer models (2009/2010). It's in an active j/j setup and sounds beautiful through an SWR setup. Gives you all the growl of a Jazz with the thump of a nice fat P-Bass. I've got to give Warwick a huge nod on bringing out this budget line which is anything but budget sounding or feeling.

J would have preferred the brass fretwork of a higher end Warwick but I will be buying my own brass fretwire from the Warwick shop and have it installed but a luthier here in NZ. I may change the pots as well as with any lower-end instrument, corners are cut on certain parts and one of those parts are the pots. I will be replacing them in the next year for sure. They aren't bad pots per se, just not the most solid of feels.

Besides my slight disappointment in the pots, the rest of the bass construction is top notch. The finish is beautiful and I especially like the single-piece bridge which brings a rediculous amount of sustain with it compared to the newer model Rockbasses (the German made Warwicks still have more so don't worry). :) This is definitely a great primary bass and an excellent backup to any of your other basses.

You can't ask for better bang for the buck out of a new bass. I'm a bit lucky as I found an older but brand new bass but the newer ones are great as well.

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