Warwick Fortress One

Warwick Fortress One

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Fortress One, 4-string bass guitar from Warwick.

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Warwick Fortress One tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Warwick
  • Model: Fortress One
  • Category: 4-string bass guitars
  • Added in our database on: 11/10/2002

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Warwick Fortress One user reviews

Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 5 reviews )
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Audiofanzine FR03/16/2009

Audiofanzine FR's review

Warwick Fortress One
(Originally written by xsl/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Maple body for a clear sound.

Wenge neck for compressed and tight mids and highs.

Mine has a Seymour Duncan preamp: [/url]http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/basslines/cutting-edge-1/stc2_stc32_3ban/Stage II) with Seymour Duncan...

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and the Fortress...

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with a push/pull to shape the mids and boost the lows.

The Warwick preamp doesn't sound that great, but it's close to the Seymour (especially regarding high frequencies).


The neck is thicker than that of a Jazz Bass, the fingerboard is flatter.

Perfect access to the upper frets.

The horn gives a good balance to the instrument.

What about the sound? It's good when you use each pickup separately. The middle position sounds different from a J/J combination because the bass has a a P/J configuration.

It doesn't have the sound of a Streamer but it's close to Jamiroquai's sound.


Don't expect the round sound of a Jazz or Precision bass.

On the contrary, the sound is accurate, and with a Seymour or Aguilar preamp it turns really good.

It doesn't sound like a Jazz Bass with ash and maple neck, which is the wood combination of all twangy basses à la Marcus Miller... The sound is more compressed with powerful high-mids...

Even with the Seymour Duncan preamp you get a Warwick sound: tight, without muddy low-mids but not crystal-clear either.

It's an authentic old Warwick, different from a Streamer and with a better playing comfort thanks to the long top horn.

I would prefer a swamp ash body to get deeper lows.


I find Warwick has three reference models:

Streamer (Jazzman or Stage II) with Seymour Duncan...

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and the Fortress...

Excellent value for money. I give it a 9/10.

fracorreze's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good but not rock"

Warwick Fortress One
Made in Germany - Rare Wood - Passive Active Electronics - Double configuation and simple micro - 4 potentiomèttres



Good ergonomics - Good & balance - Heavy but less than a Rickenbacker - the handle is nice and access to acute ok


Its pretty medium - Good for jazz but not for blues rock - On Trace Elliot OK


Almost 15 years - Ultra strong - Given my level I do everything with no real worries - It is quite specific where opinions sliced ​​very - I was 4 or 5 bass before

tomlamb's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Warwick Fortress One
As with all Warwick, she released direct Markneukirchen workshops in Germany. There are some refinements of good quality violin that flatters the eye as much as the fingers: wenge handle 24 cases fret brass body Saddle natural finish (polish ncessitant a week), EMG type PB-JB ...
Everything exudes quality manufacturing and ppins read the violin is almost absent subscribers. Ms. APRS a picnic trip in the back of a truck by -5, the spring gives the microtones. The trs so well made.


Small hands refrain: wenge handle is almost cut in the trunk of the tree. Dj wide for a 4 string, it is especially in-depth than it impresses. I have been one month to get used to his dimension. However no problem your checks to acute body Submitted largely notches. Concert-goers marathons may suffer because the weight of the craft is plutt consquent, requires all solid wood.
In short, we need a little time to adapt before finding its mark, except for users of Warwick Obviously.


From the outset, the sound is jazz-fusion trs typ. I find the body rglages plutt soft, in that they do not color the output of Sufis, even in the active position. Moreover, the strengthening prampli particulirement but gives a low, nasal sound trsmtallique to treble. Big fan of slap, I played so often in passive mode to avoid exploding the watch glasses assistance each shot on the line of G. The cons for this bass is a true bndiction for slappeur: ergonomics is perfect, powerful and naturally well dug. By refining the rglages the amp, you get really big sound slap. Eventually, I did not play more than a for not touching the knobs without stopping.


APRS over 2 years of use is what I take from this low: a high quality instrument making, natural sound trs dug (without mdiums), a fairly wide range of sound s thanks to prampli shipped. on the other hand, it is difficult trs rgler plutt correctly and is heavy. I note also that I had some electronic ppins of which have nothing to do on a bass of this quality.

moixjj's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Warwick Fortress One
Low 24 frets made for me in 1996 in Germany. 2-band EQ, passive pickups boosted by a preamp disengaged.
The violin is impeccable with his kind of big phallus which gives it a particular property.
The neck is wide but I have that hyper little hands I go out very well after a period of adaptation.
the battery is located behind a plastic cover that comes off in two seconds flat with tabs that have a tendency to break.
The pickups are configuration P / J. .. we like it or not, it allows at least to feel everything.
In my view an excellent low and high quality ultra reliable ... but which is unfortunately no longer manufactured.


Contrary to previous opinion, I found an excellent playability despite my hands of Mickey, and although I am not a big fan of slap.
Access to acute is easy, good ergonomics and weight is pretty decent.
We easily find a good sound ... since this bass sounds great: a knob for bass, one for treble, one volume knob and a knob to switch the microphones. Clear.
Being able to disengage the preamp knob by pulling the volume is a nice touch.


I play progressive rock and our music is a lot of back and forth between the atmospheres. This bass very versatile and responsive can vary my game perfectly
Obviously, it sounds more "modern" but may change in a lot of styles, from metal to reggae, from jazz to zip Youtz. We can blow the eardrums by boosting the treble and slapper, as can massage the intestines by boosting the bass. Facing her, my Ibanez SR500 is now pale face.
Finally, by switching the preamp can be obtained more vintage sounds and this means the wood sing (Warwick, the sound of the wood).


I bought this bass amazing second hand a year ago for a ridiculous price.
I would do this choice with his eyes closed. I just purchased a Fender Plow United States to complete my range and now I cover all my needs with these two instruments.
I also have a SR500 that I will sell it as totally overwhelmed by my Fortress one.
The sound is superb, reliable instrument making, the potential broad ... all at a price that I consider very correct. If you find one used, do not hesitate one second.

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