WARWICK FORTRESS SERIES

Introduced in 1993, the Fortress bass was one of Warwick's most successful basses of the 1990s. The upper horn design gives this easy-handling bass good balance, while the contours are comfortable against the body. The maple body, ovangkol/wenge neck and fingerboard give it the rich harmonics and projection for which all Warwick basses are known. Fortress basses use the tried and tested Precision/Jazz bass pickup combination.

WARWICK FORTRESS (FORTRESS ONE)

The Warwick Fortress One bass was introduced in 1993, the second Warwick with a bolt-on neck following the Warwick Corvette model. It was the entry level Warwick model at the time and was available in 4 and 5 string configuration with a 3 piece flamed maple body, wenge neck and fingerboard. The Fortress neck was perhaps the widest of the Warwick models - at 45mm for the 4-string version it was comparable with a Fender Precision bass. The distinctive long upper horn body shape was designed to be perfectly balanced in the playing position.

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WARWICK Fortress 5 String

The Warwick Fortress 5 String was made between 1994 and 2000

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WARWICK FORTRESS FLASHBACK

WARWICK produced the FORTRESS FLASHBACK between 1996 and 1999. It had a 2 or 3 piece - ash body, wenge neck and fingerboard. Celluloid mother of pearl pickguard, and choice of satin finishes: natural, red, and honey. Passive volume, blend and tone. Pickups were 2 MEC lipstick tubes. Chrome Hardware. (2-Tek bridge was available on request.)

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WARWICK Fortress Flashback 5 String

Production of the Fortress Flashback 5 String began in 1996 and ended in 1999. This was the five string version of the retro looking Flashback with a pearloid pickup and lipstick MEC pickups.

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WARWICK FORTRESS MASTERMAN

The FORTRESS MASTERMAN was made between 1996 and 2000. Taking the Fortress One model as a starting point, WARWICK developed the Fortress Master Man. The body is flamed maple and has a  bolt-on 3-piece ovangkol and wenge neck. The  MEC Twin-Jazz pickups are mounted in the harmonic "sweet spot". The bass and the treble of each of the two coils can be controlled separately offering quick access to a broad range of sounds.

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WARWICK FORTRESS MASTERMAN 5 String

The FORTRESS MASTERMAN 5 string was made between 1996 and 2000. The body, is flamed maple and has a by a bolt-on 3-piece ovangkol/wenge neck. The  MEC Twin-Jazz pickups are mounted in the harmonic "sweet spot". The bass and the treble of each of the two coils can be controlled separately offering quick access to a broad range of sounds.

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WARWICK Fortress R&B Standard 4-String

The Warick Fortress R&B Standard was an ash bodied version of the Fortress, with passive Basslines P/J pickup configuration.

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Specifications:

ModelImageFinish colorsFinish effectsMade inNumber of stringsScale length
WARWICK FORTRESS (FORTRESS ONE)
1993 to 2000
black finish, blue finish, green finish, honey finish, natural finish, red finish, violet finishsatin finishGermany4 strings34 inches scale-length
WARWICK Fortress 5 String
1994 to 2000
black finish, blue finish, green finish, honey finish, natural finish, red finish, violet finishsatin finishGermany5 strings34 inches scale-length
WARWICK FORTRESS FLASHBACK
1996 to 1999
honey finish, natural finish, red finish-Germany4 strings34 inches scale-length
WARWICK Fortress Flashback 5 String
1996 to 1999
honey finish, natural finish, red finish-Germany5 strings34 inches scale-length
WARWICK FORTRESS MASTERMAN
1994 to 2000
honey finish, natural finish, red finish-Germany4 strings34 inches scale-length
WARWICK FORTRESS MASTERMAN 5 String
1996 to 2000
honey finish, natural finish, red finish-Germany5 strings34 inches scale-length
WARWICK Fortress R&B Standard 4-String
1994 to 1999
black finish, blue finish, green finish, honey finish, natural finish, red finish, violet finishsatin finishGermany4 strings34 inches scale-length
ModelBody materialBody shape featuresPickguard material
WARWICK FORTRESS (FORTRESS ONE)
1993 to 2000
maple bodydouble cutaway-
WARWICK Fortress 5 String
1994 to 2000
maple bodydouble cutaway-
WARWICK FORTRESS FLASHBACK
1996 to 1999
ash bodydouble cutawaypearloid pickguard
WARWICK Fortress Flashback 5 String
1996 to 1999
ash bodydouble cutawaypearloid pickguard
WARWICK FORTRESS MASTERMAN
1994 to 2000
maple bodydouble cutaway-
WARWICK FORTRESS MASTERMAN 5 String
1996 to 2000
maple bodydouble cutaway-
WARWICK Fortress R&B Standard 4-String
1994 to 1999
ash bodydouble cutaway-
ModelCircuit functionsPickups brand and modelPickups configurationPreamp
WARWICK FORTRESS (FORTRESS ONE)
1993 to 2000
MEC electronicsMEC Gold pickup(s)precision style/jazz bass style pickupsactive preamp
WARWICK Fortress 5 String
1994 to 2000
MEC electronicsMEC pickup(s)2 jazz bass style pickupsactive preamp
WARWICK FORTRESS FLASHBACK
1996 to 1999
passiveMEC pickup(s)2 lipstick tube pickups-
WARWICK Fortress Flashback 5 String
1996 to 1999
passiveMEC pickup(s)2 lipstick tube pickups-
WARWICK FORTRESS MASTERMAN
1994 to 2000
-MEC pickup(s)jazz bass style pickupsactive preamp
WARWICK FORTRESS MASTERMAN 5 String
1996 to 2000
-MEC pickup(s)jazz bass style pickupsactive preamp
WARWICK Fortress R&B Standard 4-String
1994 to 1999
passiveSeymour Duncan Basslines pickup(s)precision style/jazz bass style pickups-
ModelFingerboard materialFingerboard position markers
WARWICK FORTRESS (FORTRESS ONE)
1993 to 2000
wenge fingerboard-
WARWICK Fortress 5 String
1994 to 2000
wenge fingerboard-
WARWICK FORTRESS FLASHBACK
1996 to 1999
wenge fingerboard-
WARWICK Fortress Flashback 5 String
1996 to 1999
wenge fingerboard-
WARWICK FORTRESS MASTERMAN
1994 to 2000
wenge fingerboardside dot fingerboard position markers
WARWICK FORTRESS MASTERMAN 5 String
1996 to 2000
wenge fingerboardside dot fingerboard position markers
WARWICK Fortress R&B Standard 4-String
1994 to 1999
wenge fingerboard-
ModelHardware color
WARWICK FORTRESS (FORTRESS ONE)
1993 to 2000
chrome hardware
WARWICK Fortress 5 String
1994 to 2000
chrome hardware
WARWICK FORTRESS FLASHBACK
1996 to 1999
chrome hardware
WARWICK Fortress Flashback 5 String
1996 to 1999
chrome hardware
WARWICK FORTRESS MASTERMAN
1994 to 2000
chrome hardware
WARWICK FORTRESS MASTERMAN 5 String
1996 to 2000
chrome hardware
WARWICK Fortress R&B Standard 4-String
1994 to 1999
chrome hardware
ModelNeck jointNeck materialNumber of fretsTuner layoutNeck width
WARWICK FORTRESS (FORTRESS ONE)
1993 to 2000
bolt on neckwenge neck24 fret, fretlesstwo-each-side-
WARWICK Fortress 5 String
1994 to 2000
bolt on neckwenge neck24 fretthree-up-two-down-
WARWICK FORTRESS FLASHBACK
1996 to 1999
bolt on neckwenge neck24 frettwo-each-side-
WARWICK Fortress Flashback 5 String
1996 to 1999
bolt on neckwenge neck24 fretthree-up-two-down-
WARWICK FORTRESS MASTERMAN
1994 to 2000
bolt on neckwenge neck24 frettwo-each-side-
WARWICK FORTRESS MASTERMAN 5 String
1996 to 2000
bolt on neckwenge neck24 fretthree-up-two-down-
WARWICK Fortress R&B Standard 4-String
1994 to 1999
bolt on neckwenge neck24 frettwo-each-side1.5 inches wide at nut
ModelTone controlsVolume controls
WARWICK FORTRESS (FORTRESS ONE)
1993 to 2000
2 tone controls1 volume control
WARWICK Fortress 5 String
1994 to 2000
2 tone controls1 volume control
WARWICK FORTRESS FLASHBACK
1996 to 1999
1 tone control1 volume control
WARWICK Fortress Flashback 5 String
1996 to 1999
1 tone control1 volume control
WARWICK FORTRESS MASTERMAN
1994 to 2000
2 tone controls1 volume control
WARWICK FORTRESS MASTERMAN 5 String
1996 to 2000
2 tone controls1 volume control
WARWICK Fortress R&B Standard 4-String
1994 to 1999
2 tone controls1 volume control

2 Comments

Warwick masterman 4 strings

Sorry, but the masterman was built from 1994 to 2000 and not from 1996 to 2000.

How do I know that? Well, I own one from 1994

 

Masterman

Thanks - I've updated the information!