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NDG! All original 1991 Stephen Davies N4!
« on: September 26, 2011, 05:32:51 AM »
NGD!  Picked it up today and got to give it a good play... LOVING it!!!

This is one of the original first run Washburn N4s when they were being built by Stephen Davies (the guy who invented the Stephen's Extended Cutaway).  After this first run they were built by Washburn (with several noticeable differences).  I've wanted an N4 for a while, and hoped that I might get a shot picking up a Davies, then this one crossed my path this week!

Man oh man, what a guitar!  The tone, the feel, the fit and finish, and that shape is like it was carved next to my body!

I bought it from the original owner.  Really nice guy by the way, with a crazy collection of vintage guitars and amps! (He also lives in a beautiful house in one of the most affluent neighborhoods in all of Toronto)  He was a really stand up fella, and was really glad this guitar was going to someone who can appreciate the history behind it.

It's in great condition aside from some obvious pick wear (normal for old N4s) and some wear near the pickup selector; I'm not adverse to some natural wear on a guitar though!  There are some really nice details to the alder, with a few dark knots here and there (they didn't show up that well in the pics below, but you get the idea).  The neck and frets are in superb shape.  The guitar has been cared for very well!

So there ya have it, I managed to snag a Davies N4, and I can hardly believe it!  I just love the feel of the Stephen's Extended Cutaway, and adding the N4 to the group is a no-brainer!

I'll take a pic soon of all four of my SEC guitars together.  (At bottom are two pics of my other three SEC guitars, Davies Tele, Washburn EC29, Washburn DC60E).









And my others (Davies built custom Tele, Washburn DC60E, Washburn EC29):





1991 Davies Washburn N4
1996 Davies Custom Shop Telecaster
1988 Washburn EC29
1992 Washburn DC60E
« Last Edit: August 10, 2012, 05:41:36 PM by swishburn »
My Stephen's Extended Cutaway (SEC) guitars:
1996 Stephen's Model S
1996 Stephen's Model T
1991 'Davies' Washburn N4
1988 Washburn EC36
1994 Washburn DC60-E

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NDG! All original 1991 Stephen Davies N4!
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2011, 06:09:48 PM »
Congrats, Nice looking guitar. Doesn't get much better, rare, vintage, one owner and in your own backyard.

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NDG! All original 1991 Stephen Davies N4!
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2011, 08:15:30 PM »
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Originally posted by lone wolf

Congrats, Nice looking guitar. Doesn't get much better, rare, vintage, one owner and in your own backyard.



Yep, you're right on all the way!  

- It's the rare Davies N4 I've been dreaming of, and it's been lovingly played steadily since 1991.
- I awesome to know that he bought it new, and after two decades, I'm only the second owner.
- I couldn't believe that it popped up just a 20 minutes from my house!  

This guitar just plays and sounds so incredible!  Like my other SEC guitars, this N4 will be played, cared for, and loved for years to come!

1991 Davies Washburn N4
1996 Davies Custom Shop Telecaster
1988 Washburn EC29
1992 Washburn DC60E
My Stephen's Extended Cutaway (SEC) guitars:
1996 Stephen's Model S
1996 Stephen's Model T
1991 'Davies' Washburn N4
1988 Washburn EC36
1994 Washburn DC60-E

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NDG! All original 1991 Stephen Davies N4!
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2011, 01:23:31 AM »
You sound like the right guy to own a guitar like that. Congratulations man.
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NDG! All original 1991 Stephen Davies N4!
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2011, 01:54:10 AM »
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Originally posted by Hybrid_Child

You sound like the right guy to own a guitar like that. Congratulations man.

N4 Paduak '93



Thanks Hybrid!  And huge congrats to you as it looks like you just got your hands on a Davies N4 as well!

1991 Davies Washburn N4
1996 Davies Custom Shop Telecaster
1988 Washburn EC29
1992 Washburn DC60E
« Last Edit: September 27, 2011, 01:55:01 AM by swishburn »
My Stephen's Extended Cutaway (SEC) guitars:
1996 Stephen's Model S
1996 Stephen's Model T
1991 'Davies' Washburn N4
1988 Washburn EC36
1994 Washburn DC60-E

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Re: NDG! All original 1991 Stephen Davies N4!
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2012, 04:37:58 PM »
Great guitar.  I have a 91 N4 as well, but what made me want to reply is that mine too was serial number 910403 but then it appears that someone stamped a 1 over a 0 making it 910413

Here's a pic!


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Re: NDG! All original 1991 Stephen Davies N4!
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2012, 06:29:53 AM »
Thanks for the post amckeown!

Crazy that our guitars have almost the same serial number.  The way the SNs read are YYMM then the number made that month.  So mine for example was made 1991, April, the 03rd one made that month. 

I can only assume that yours was the 13th made that month, and they made a mistake stamping it as 3rd (just guessing!).

Crazy that our two guitars were built so close together!
My Stephen's Extended Cutaway (SEC) guitars:
1996 Stephen's Model S
1996 Stephen's Model T
1991 'Davies' Washburn N4
1988 Washburn EC36
1994 Washburn DC60-E

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Re: NDG! All original 1991 Stephen Davies N4!
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2012, 12:39:29 PM »
Wow, that thing has a Kahler Steeler on it! I've had a Steeler since 1986. That is a great licensed Floyd bridge! My guitar tech looked at the saddles under his microscope and said it was the smoothest, hardest steel he'd ever seen on a bridge saddle and it's apparent why: I NEVER break strings at the saddle.

Great guitar!
 

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Re: NDG! All original 1991 Stephen Davies N4!
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2012, 06:55:40 PM »
Yep, it's a Kahler trem!  All the N4s built in 1991 have them.  It is a killer trem, and built to last forever!
My Stephen's Extended Cutaway (SEC) guitars:
1996 Stephen's Model S
1996 Stephen's Model T
1991 'Davies' Washburn N4
1988 Washburn EC36
1994 Washburn DC60-E