The remaining four digits denote the instrument’s sequential number of manufacture among all the instruments made during the month indicated.For example, serial number 07100091 indicates a guitar built in 2007 (07), in October of that year (10), and that it was the 91st guitar made that month (0091).Similarly, serial number 09050112 indicates the 112th guitar made during May 2009.In mid/late 2012, US distributed Japanese-built guitars switched to the year designation that guitars distributed in Japan use.Anyone who's looking for vintage guitars on Ebay comes across the word "lawsuit".
The Blue Book of Guitars says that this thing should sell for 0 in its current condition, but given the minor mods, the noisy pots, and for the sake of a quick sale, I'll let it go for I'll add that, while I haven't played FMB's bass, I have played this model at Bass NW a number of times and always found it to be a very quality bass.
(although that does sound like something i'd do) Yeah i keep meaning to get some up but my missus keeps forgetting her camera! The divots on the body next to the neck aren't familiar to me. The neck looks like ovangkol to me - it can vary in shade. I know Warwick made the Fortress with Ovangkol necks as well as the more popular Wenge, also i have heard of them using a 3 piece maple neck on the German ones too.
I'll get some tomorrow I'm not actually too bothered if this isn't an original neck as i got the bass very cheaply, just a bit curious! It could be a replacement done by Warwick themselves, though they usually stamp the new neck with the serial from the original. I posted on the Warwick forum and it's either: -A custom order made from old parts.
ARIA's later official appearance is very different.
I've also taken some sand paper to the frets/fretboard to round them up as they were a bit sharp to begin with.