Warwick Unveils 2014 Limited Edition Fortress Bass

Each year, Warwick releases the latest in their Limited Edition series of basses, and this year the company has announced the 2014 Limited Edition Fortress Bass. The model, which comes in 4- and 5-string versions, is limited to only 100 instruments in the world.

Warwick 2014 Limited Edition Fortress Bass

The bass is built around a swamp ash body with a stunning 3/8″ birdseye poplar top and matching headstock. Its wenge neck is accented with a birdseye maple fingerboard. Warwick fitted the bass with a pair of Nordstrand “Fat Stack” pickups and active MEC 3-way electronics. The controls are laid out with a stacked volume/balance knob, a treble knob, a push/pull midrange knob that toggles the mid-frequency between 250Hz and 800Hz, and a bass knob.

Hardware includes a 2-piece brass Warwick bridge, a Just-A-Nut III brass nut, and Warwick machineheads. The bass is finished in Nirvana Black.

The Warwick Fortress LTD 2014 will start shipping in April with street prices of $3,850 for the 4-string and $3,999 for the 5-string.

Warwick 2014 Limited Edition Fortress Bass Specs:

Matched Headstock:Birdseye Poplar
Machineheads:Warwick machine heads
Nut:Just-A-Nut III Brass
Neck Wood:Wenge
Fretboard:Birdseye Maple
Inlay:Black Dots
Fluorescent Side Dot:Black Side Dots
Fingerboard Radius:20″
Scale length:34″ (long scale)
Fret quantity material and size:24 Jumbo Bronze(extra hard) frets (width:
2.9mm/ height:1.3mm)
Frets:IFT - Invisible Fretwork Technology
Body Shape:Flat body shape
Bodywood:3/8″ Poplar Burl / Swamp Ash Body
Pickups:Passive Nordstrand Fat Sacks, neck and bridge
Electronics:Active MEC 3 way electronics
Pot layout:Volume/Balance P/P stacked / Treble / Mid (P/P for midrange selection, 250 Hz/800Hz) / Bass
Bridge system:2-piece Brass Warwick bridge
Strap system:Warwick security locks
Left Righthand:Only available in right-handed, as well as fretted and fretless* models
Color possibilities:Nirvana Black OFC
Hardware colour:Satin Chrome Hardware
String label / gauges:Warwick EMP strings: 4-string: 045″ – 105″ (38200 M 4), 5-string: 045″ – 135″ (38301 M 5B)
Weight:3.9 kg
included accessories:Including Warwick “User Kit”
Packing:Aluminium RockCase RC 10830 SA W
Certificate:Individual issued certificate of authenticity

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  1. The woods are very cool. The look of the instrument looses something (in my eye) with the color of the hardware though.