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Offline RoyKam

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N4 Authentic production
« on: January 16, 2018, 01:53:19 AM »
Hi all,
After waiting some 20 years to realize my dream, I have finally ordered one 2 weeks ago, only to discover now that the custom shop has closed some 2 years ago.
I understand that they are still built in the USA, is it true?
Also, does anyone know if they are still as good as they were?

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Re: N4 Authentic production
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2018, 10:10:38 PM »
Dunno; Sweetwater has the N4 Authentic in stock --
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The Washburn Nuno Bettencourt N4 Authentic solidbody electric guitar is built in the Washburn USA Custom Shop
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/N4Authentic?utm_source=MSN&utm_medium=PPC&utm_campaign=none&utm_term=washburn_n4&creative=77996653461497&device=c&matchtype=e&mrkgcl=28&mrkgadid=3043236796&rkg_id=h-9d660c9e4bd568214abca95ae7d01970_t-1516420655

Supposed to be six Washburn USA-made models --
http://www.washburn.com/products/electric/series/USA%20Custom%20Series.html

There seem to be many used N4 around for less than $2,000. You could find a nice-looking one, then have it properly adjusted by a luthier (or at least a professional guitar technician).
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Re: N4 Authentic production
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2018, 08:06:13 AM »
Tony, many thanks for your reply. I thought that I read somewhere that they have closed their factory, but they've probably moved.
Hope to updated you all once it'll arrive  8)

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Re: N4 Authentic production
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2018, 11:18:51 AM »
The Chicago Shop closed. They're now made in Cleveland.
 

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Re: N4 Authentic production
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2018, 03:02:40 PM »
They're now made in Cleveland.
Thanks!! :) Information like that is a bit sparse. Still a bummer that the "Chicago connection" has been lost, though.
M1SDL; XB-400 (natural), XB-400 (burg), XB-500 (teal); X-10, X-33; D46CESP, WCSD30SCE; BT-3, BT-4, BT-6, JB-80; WS-4; WI-66V; Lyon LCT24; OS Autoharps

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Re: N4 Authentic production
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2018, 09:27:32 AM »
There are still offices in Chicago for the product manager, marketing, international sales and some customer service.
 

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Re: N4 Authentic production
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2018, 03:27:45 AM »
Thanks for the info.
BTW - still waiting  :-\
Is it normal to wait that long?

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Re: N4 Authentic production
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2018, 10:14:39 AM »
I know that this was an older post but wanted to clarify the fact that the USA Washburn electrics are actually made in Cincinnati. I used to work in the production dept in Chicago so I have a lot of strong emotional ties to that facility and the guys and girls who made Washburns and Strandbergs during the last five years of the plants operation.  I have played, fixed and owned a good number of stringed instruments and there is something that you can in the first ten seconds of playing an instrument, whether it is special.  The Cinci Washburns have that vibe where you sit down with them, unplugged, and it's an "oh yeah" moment.  The Cinci guitars have that thing where you can feel the neck resonating with the body...unplugged. They are joy to play. 
 

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Re: N4 Authentic production
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2018, 01:36:25 PM »
WEBgUy many thanks for your reply. I'm truly well excited and can't wait to land my fingers on it.
The thing is ...... I can't wait any longer  :D   (4 months and counting ..... )