From a recent testimony by Terry Atkins, who was in charge of the early Washburn N4 production, some of these early N4s were not (entirely) made by Stephen Davies : R. Weikum (responsible for painting guitars for Stephen Davies): "I only painted one batch of six N4 bodies in a high gloss black polyurethane", "Senior Special Agent Ronald J. Tye "The Million Dollar T-Man, Official homepage of Nuno Bettencourt Series electric euitars at Washburn Guitars site,, Articles with unsourced statements from July 2020, Articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases from July 2020, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, N1: Fender-style non-locking tremolo, Washburn-branded pickups, standard four-bolt neck plate, N2: L500 Bill Lawrence bridge pickup, Washburn-branded neck pickup, standard 4 bolt neck, rosewood fretboard, N3: direct-mounted Washburn-branded pickups, Stephen's Extended Cutaway—Bettencourt has owned an N3 with 24 frets and Bill Lawrence pickups, but that was a one-off, never offered commercially, N5: three single-coil pickups, Stephen's Extended Cutaway, five-way blade switch, Volume and Tone controls, maple fretboard, N6: similar to the N5, with L500 Bill Lawrence bridge humbucker, N7: similar to the N4, seven-string variant with a Duncan SH-6 "Distortion" bridge pickup, N27: an N7 with Washburn-branded pickups and a standard neck plate. Korina, mahogany, sapele, and maple woods also have been used for some limited series. These super road axes are the gateway to total creativity, just ask Nuno and the thousands of musicians that play them. All early models were made of Alder, using a Maple neck and an Ebony fingerboard. Korina, mahogany, sapele, and maple woods also have been used for some limited series. With the exception of the very rare all-padauk models (which have a padauk fingerboard), all N4s have ebony fingerboards. It has been painstakingly recreated in the USA Custom shop from Nuno’s original N4 by Washburn’s master luthiers and replicates every dent, ding, story, and nuance of personality contained in his guitar. Free shipping. Starting from July '91, some bodies were also produced in La Jolla (California), while necks were produced in a cabinet factory in Chicago. Frets are like new. $2,000.00. With the onset of the 1970's, Washburn releases the Wing series, our first electric models. The standard N4 bears a Seymour Duncan SH1n (nicknamed the "'59 Model") at the neck position and a Bill Lawrence L500 at the bridge. A very limited run of 20 USA made units based on Nuno’s third ever Washburn prototype, which had a maple fretboard and two Bill Lawrence L500 pickups. $125.00 shipping. The Washburn N4 Authentic is an exact replica of Nuno Bettencourt’s iconic N4 guitar. Recent special editions, as well as the derived N5/N6 models have maple fingerboards. Bettencourt has stated that he uses an L500 pickup. Early N4s have a Kahler tremolo, a distinctively large control cavity rout, a rounded-rectangle shaped pickup selector cavity, a sloped Stephen's Extended Cutaway front side, a barrel jack, and a thinner neck. The Washburn N4 is an electric guitar model, developed in collaboration between Nuno Bettencourt, Washburn and the Seattle-based luthier Stephen Davies. Washburn NUNO BETTENCOURT N4-NUNO VINTAGE USA, N4VINTAGE-D-U, Brand New ! After Washburn stopped producing padauk N4, they offered a swamp ash models stained to resemble padauk. Some confusion arises as Washburn has in the past installed pickups from both Bill Lawrence (doing business as Wilde Pickups) and Bill Lawrence USA (owned by Jzchak Wajcman). Few models also feature a tone control (i.e. This page was last edited on 24 July 2020, at 16:27. George Washburn begins a legacy of greatness with the first Washburn stringed instruments, bringing quality instruments priced for home musicians. Cool serial number: 1909006. Those parts were then sent to either Washburn or Stephen Davies for assembly. ©2020 WASHBURN GUITARS | Washburn is a division of JAM USA LLC. There is also controversy as a number of N4s were made in Asia during the mid-nineties. N4s all have a serial number on the back of the headstock using the following form: For instance, a 9512nnn would be the nnnth N4 produced in December 1995. [citation needed] It features a five-bolt curved joint, intended to give the player greater access to upper frets while maintaining proper and comfortable hand position, due to its 'heel-less' design. The first letter indicates the fingerboard wood (most usually E for ebony). $5,047.00. Even though these models feature all the characteristics of early N4s, they lack any visible serial number and do not have the 'Made in USA' written on the back of the headstock. ... 1982 Vintage Washburn T BIrd SB8 ASH wings series electric guitar Matsumoku . The N4 model number using a letter suffix to indicate the woods used. In early 1993, Washburn released a new version of the N4 made from padauk that was used by Nuno Bettencourt during the tour following Extreme's third album III sides to every story and during the next album (Waiting for the punchline) recording. In his teenage years he began playing drums, bass and keyboards, but ultimately settled on guitar as his primary instrument. the Washburn sunburst as well as the Mourning Widows model). Most famous for his role in Boston-area group Extreme, in which Bettencourt recorded five CDs and delivered the hits “More Than Words” and “Hole Hearted”, he has also released a solo CD, formed the groups Mourning Widows and Population 1 (which eventually became DramaGods), and was featured in Satellite Party (formed by Perry Farrell). Free returns. Buy It Now +$180.00 shipping. or Best Offer. Brand New. Pre-Owned. N4E-MNM: ebony fingerboard, mahogany body, Natural Matte. Remaining letters represent body wood and finish. These are readily recognized because of the typical swamp ash porous veins showing behind the stain. In order to develop the N Series with Washburn, Bettencourt utilized his extensive knowledge of the guitar and designed each model with an extremely fast neck that allows for easy access to higher frets via the Stephen’s® Extended Cutaway on some models. Another reason for the difference in color is the oxidation of the reddish pigments in padouk wood by UV light over time. Series N4 Walnut Body Natural. Washburn N4 Vintage Nuno Bettencourt Signature New. Watch; Washburn N4 EANM Nuno Bettencourt Signature. Composite fingerboards have been used on prototypes. In 1912, Washburn releases the Lakeside Jumbo, the first dreadnought guitar. A rough estimation based on the preceding production pace has been made stating that N4s whose serial numbers are over 060091 may not have been entirely made by Stephen Davies.
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