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Offline TheOnlySnake

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« on: July 18, 2009, 11:13:24 AM »
Hey guys,
am I right in thinking I'd seen Nuno with an N5, but not the ones we know of now? going back 10 or 15 years? if so, has anyone got any pix?
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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2009, 04:08:41 PM »
I'm pretty sure we've discussed this a time or two, but I can't recall the name of the thread.

Yes, years ago, there was an N5.  It was black, and sported a prototype split floyd rose trem.  From what I've been able to gather, it allowed the player to bend half (2/3 maybe) of the strings up or down.  I've not seen a clear photo of the bridge, but it supposedly had two trem arms.  I've also heard this N being referred to as the lead belly as it reportedly had a lot more mass on the bridge block to increase sustain.  
I think this may be the one I'm thinking of:


Hard to tell because it's so lo-res.

Interesting additional information: http://www.erikzmusic.com/washburnn4.html
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2009, 04:50:36 PM »
split floyd?

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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2009, 06:21:53 PM »
This is Erik, from Erik Z Music.com, the guy who owns the N4 leadbelly (possibly N5)

When I bought it, the salesman refered to it as the leadbelly, and it is what Nuno himself called it when he sold it to Guitar Center in Boston back in 2000. (thats the name it was listed on on Nuno's bill of sale)  Shortly after I purchased it the drummer in my former band(who is actually an even bigger Nuno fan than I) actually told me it was the N5.  He must have read that on-line somewhere years ago.  So I've heard it refered to as the N5.  However, he actually spoke to Nuno after a MW show back in 2001-2002ish, and asked Nuno if he remembered it, but Nuno kind of blew him off and said he didn't.  I'm sure he wasn't interesting in talking guitar nerd about an old guitar after a concert.

As for the multi-trem theory, my guitar only has a standard Floyd Rose.  Nothing special about it.  It is MUCH heavier than a standard guitar though.  I have an all Mahogany Warmoth Strat, which is larger than the N4, and the N4 is equal to, or slightly heavier.  So leadbelly yes, not sure about the N5.

If anyone knows anything about it, I'd love to find out more.  The N4 (or possibly N5) leadbelly's SN# is 9308180.   I've seen one of the other 4 guitars Nuno sold back in 2000 pop up on ebay from time to time.  A Korina body, sn #9403071.  I actually saw it on  French Guitar forum a couple weeks ago.  Sort of helps me prove the lineage.  I'd love to know for sure though.  I keep meaning to write Washburn and see if they have any info on it, but it's a 15+ year old guitar at this point, so....

Anyway... yeah... check it out...
http://www.erikzmusic.com/washburnn4.html

I'll try to update the site sometime in the next few days with all this info.
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2009, 08:05:41 PM »
Thanx you guy so much! thats the actual picture I remembered too haha :D and thank you Erik for your info, wish I could get my hands on one of Nuno's own guitars! (well, you gotta dream)
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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2009, 11:03:59 PM »
Erik - Thanks for chiming in.....where your ears burning or something? [:D]

Great info, and yet one more mystery guitar with Nuno's name attached.  I've got to do some real digging to find where I read about the split floyd.

Great site, btw.  I've popped in and out for years.
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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2009, 05:03:45 AM »
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Originally posted by skeesik

Erik - Thanks for chiming in.....where your ears burning or something? [:D]

Great info, and yet one more mystery guitar with Nuno's name attached.  I've got to do some real digging to find where I read about the split floyd.

Great site, btw.  I've popped in and out for years.

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Thanks!

I might actually need to steal that pic of Nuno playing the guitar for my website (I hope he doesn't mind).  I'd seen his matt black wood grained N4 before, but that's the first pic I've ever seen of him playing an original black glossy N4 exactly like mine.  That'd be pretty sweet to know that was actually MY guitar in Nuno's hands. :-)

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« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2009, 12:24:31 AM »
Thanks for checking out my site everyone.  I've been getting a ton of hits since yesterday from the forum.  I really appreciate the interest.

I updated my website today with more info about the history of my N4/N5 Leadbelly including a pic of the original sales receipt from Nuno himself(sorry, nuno's driver's license # is blacked out), as well as a pic of one of the other guitars Nuno sold, a rare Korina N4.  

http://www.erikzmusic.com/washburnn4.html