This site uses cookies. Series N4 Walnut Body Natural. $99.00 shipping. Recent special editions, as well as the derived N5/N6 models have maple fingerboards. Since 1990, there have been numerous versions of the N4 using various woods and hardware parts. These are considered valuable[by whom?] the Washburn sunburst as well as the Mourning Widows model). The first letter indicates the fingerboard wood (most usually E for ebony). In the early 20th century Washburn continues to lead with quality guitars, banjos, and madolins. 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. Whether it's a guitar, banjo, or mandolin – if it’s a Washburn, it won’t let you down. The N4 is the flagship of the Washburn N-prefix guitar models. ... 1982 Vintage Washburn T BIrd SB8 ASH wings series electric guitar Matsumoku . In the early 20th century Washburn continues to lead with quality guitars, banjos, and madolins. (N8 being an "N4 times 2" since it is a double neck guitar). 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. ©2020 WASHBURN GUITARS | Washburn is a division of JAM USA LLC. Models have appeared using alder, padauk (paduak, padouk) and swamp ash. Although similar in appearance, there is controversy among fans over which pickup is genuine in sound to the original pickups Bettencourt used. 1883, Chicago. The neck has 22 jumbo frets and dot inlays, with the exception of the N4E-MNM Mourning Widows model and the XX model, which While all regular N4s have an oil finish, a few limited-edition models have featured lacquered bodies. Open Box. 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. Those N4s were reserved for the Japan market. for having gained a reputation for being exceptionally good-sounding. Made in USA. Depending on the model, a Washburn or a Duncan® ’59 neck pickup & a Lawrence® L-500 in the bridge make this reverse headstock marvel wail. In the early 20th century Washburn continues to lead with quality guitars, banjos, and madolins. In 1889, Washburn becomes the largest mandolin maker in America. This page was last edited on 24 July 2020, at 16:27. 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. These models don't feature in Washburn's catalogues, as they are produced in limited supply. Washburn Paul Stanley PS2000 Custom Shop Guitar Unused. Washburn Guitars also produced a version of the N4 with a body of swamp ash, a wood considered to have an "aggressive" trebly emphasis, granting this N4 a distinctive tone. Bettencourt has stated that he uses an L500 pickup. Few models also feature a tone control (i.e. Since MIJ N4s are made from an early blueprint, they resemble Nuno's own guitar in many details. Free shipping. Remaining letters represent body wood and finish. Two theories exist for that obvious change in production: quick-grown wood (therefore not giving the time for the wood to age naturally and achieve the full density that padauk would naturally acquire over time) or a change in the wood species (African padauk for the first models, Indian padauk for the later ones). have Mourning Widows logo-shaped inlays. After Washburn stopped producing padauk N4, they offered a swamp ash models stained to resemble padauk. Seymour Duncan RTM pickup installed, and the original Bill Lawrance is included (I do not have the BL screws). Washburn consequently faced legal action and closed their Washburn Europe operation as a result of the heavy fines that they were dealt. [3] Washburn tried to pass these guitars off as though they were built in the USA custom shop and therefore do feature the 'Made in the USA' tag line on the cutaway and serial number on the back of the headstock. They have 22 frets, unlike Nuno’s original which had 24, and feature an original Floyd Rose bridge, a birdseye maple fretboard, the original 1 5/8” nut width and the original N4 neck profile. Washburn made 100 of them, all signed by Bettencourt and numbered on the back of the head. The N4 model number using a letter suffix to indicate the woods used. A signature model for guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, who started her career with the rock band Extreme and later began her career as a solo artist.Sweep ash body, maple neck Ebony fingerboard, 22F specification.Pick-up mounted Seymour Duncan 59(F)/Bill Lawence L-500(R).The control is … 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 : 2 small marks near the bridge, everything else is the "vintage" look. 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. This purports to improve tuning accuracy of guitars over the fretboard. In the mid-1990s, Washburn added the Buzz Feiten Tuning System as a standard feature of the N4. $2,000.00. 2019 N4 Vintage in excellent shape and very little playing time, it's not even broken in yet. 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). All N4s have a 3-way pickup selector located on the lower horn as well as a single volume pot. N4P-PNM: padauk fingerboard, padauk body, Natural Matte. 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. Although they had disbanded in 1995, in 2007, Extreme reunited and headlined Washburn’s 125th Anniversary Party at Winter NAMM 2008. F/S Washburn USA Custom Shop N4 Limited / … There is also controversy as a number of N4s were made in Asia during the mid-nineties. Brand New. For 2009-2013 Nuno joined Grammy Award winning R&B artist Rihanna as music director and lead guitarist on her world tour, playing to hundreds of thousands of fans across Europe and the U.S. 2014 – 2015 also saw an Extreme tour commemorating the 25th anniversary of Pornograffitti. 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. Washburn models have the Washburn/Schaller tremolo unit, smaller volume-control cavity, a rounded-triangle pickup selector cavity, a 90-degrees 'Stephen's Extended Cutaway' front side, a standard 1/4" jack, and a thicker neck. $125.00 shipping. $59.99 shipping. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Washburn Nuno Bettencourt Signature N… Some other derivative such as the N2, N3 and N24 have rosewood boards to reduce costs. $4,219.35. [citation needed]. Vintage and Relic models as well as the "2.0 models" do have the Original Floyd Rose tremolo unit as used by Bettencourt himself. 59 watching. Since then he has become one of the world’s greatest guitarists, who draws from an eclectic variety of styles and influences and is a tremendously technical and adept player, with an acute sense of rhythm. Padauk is extremely dense and heavy, providing a deeper/darker tone than alder, while still conserving good high end frequencies.