Many, many years ago I bought a guitar on eBay. It was listed as a Washburn N2, it was black, and the pictures showed the headstock featuring text that read "N2", and "Washburn Nuno Bettencourt Model", and also along with a Nuno signature printed near the upper horn. So I bought it without further question and I played it regularly for several years before ultimately moving onto something else. Then the N2 sat in a corner collecting dust until now... because I'm considering selling it.
So someone asked about buying it from me and asked for some pictures. He already has an N2 and is looking for a parts-guitar. But upon seeing my photos he decline to purchase it because it was very different from his. I understood that there were various versions and that it was revised over the years, so I just assumed we had different revisions of the same guitar. So in order to better provide information to the next potential buyer I decided, for the first time, really, to actually go online and look at these guitars. And that's when I noticed a problem.
The first thing I saw is that the N2, along with the rest of the N-line, is distinguished by the distinctive placement of the pickup selector, and the lack of a tone knob. The problem is... my guitar has a tone knob, just behind the volume knob like on any other guitar, and the pickup selector is located just below the two knobs, again like most other guitars. And the switch isn't the small circular style switch like I see on all the other N2s. It's a switch that slides along a long slice through the wood, again typical of many other guitars. Furthermore, I have not found a single other case of one of these guitars having the Nuno signature above the fretboard.
It has a bolt-on neck and the serial number on the plate is 0120516. It has Washburn tuners and a little thingy on the back of the headstock that appears to be meant to hold allen wrenches. The Tremelo is stamped with "Washburn 600-S". It has twenty-two frets.
I don't really know enough about guitars to be able to explain much beyond that. I can say that, comparing it to another guitar I have, a Charvette, the neck appears to be the same width, but the cutout at the higher frets is much higher on the Washburn.
So... I guess what it looks like is maybe I got a fake N2 and I've had it for two decades without having any idea... or perhaps I've got some extremely early and rare version? If it's rare I'd probably rather hang onto it and restore it.
Does anyone have any idea?