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N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / My N4 Paduak Davies 2.0!!
« on: January 25, 2011, 09:26:22 PM »
Ugly as sin.

Just kidding dude, it's killer![:D] congrats. I need to play a paduak guitar one of these years.

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Wanted: N4 Body
« on: November 02, 2010, 08:52:21 PM »
Yes, if the neck was already drilled for screws, you'll probably have to glue in some dowel rod or something to fill them, then re-drill.  That's not such a big deal really.  The shim idea is also solid.  I did this on a recent build and didn't even glue it in.  The tone was not effected either so don't worry about that.

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Old Nuno Video
« on: July 06, 2010, 11:34:55 AM »
Originally posted by BlueBuddha

its called a bra.

Not even enough there to be considered a low-slung headband really :)

Nuno was ripping it up pretty good there though.  But the band sounded a little rough.  Probably didn't have the equipment to sound better before they hit it big.

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Seymour Duncan 59
« on: April 12, 2010, 08:57:35 PM »
I don't know if you could really do any better for the blues than the 59 that's in N4s.  Probably not different enough to justify money spent and the time and effort to change it anyway.  Of course, you can do anything you want to your guitar and you don't have to have me tell you that but it's pretty popular in the neck for a reason right?

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / N4 custom
« on: December 26, 2009, 11:51:42 AM »
Using the ferrules like devastone linked to would be a good option if you didn't want to search for neck plates.  The screws Stewmac suggests with those ferrules are 1 1/2 long which should be fine.  If they were too long you could saw off a bit of the tip though.  They used those ferrules on the early N8 double necks.  Counter sunk, they would be pretty cool I think.

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / N4 Neckplate
« on: November 19, 2009, 05:21:12 PM »
They pop up on Ebay from time to time so keep an eye out.  I had one made by a guy at armadillo guitar works in Texas.  He made it out of brass from specs I gave him and did a fine job.  Cost me about $30 if I remember correctly.  

If you have one to duplicate, it shouldn't be too hard for any metal fabricator to do.  They could probably do one up with a cardboard cutout as well (like I did).  Good luck.

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / My new N4 - #4
« on: November 07, 2009, 08:46:39 AM »
Nice build bro.  Love the unique colors of stain and the cream is a nice accent.  Congrats.  

Did you make the neck from scratch?

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / N4 SAE REPLACEMENT BRIDGE PU
« on: November 01, 2009, 06:09:27 AM »
Originally posted by earlydazer

Hi Greg M - how did the Steve's Special compare with the BL USA? What were the tonal differences? Just read Harmony Central and this PUP gets some good feedback. Cheers.

Sorry it took so long to respond, I just haven't been by for a while [:I].

The Steve's Special is actually the best-sounding humbucker I've ever played.  It's got a high output, nice overall balance, and sounds equally impressive clean or dirty.  It's lacking in no area imo.

I just put it in a mahogany body, walnut neck guitar with a PAF Joe in the neck position and I am absolutely loving this guitar.  

I think I would describe the SS as aggressively balanced and beefy, and the L500 as raw and unrefined with more treble.  They both have their place but I like the SS a lot more.

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / N4 SAE REPLACEMENT BRIDGE PU
« on: October 13, 2009, 03:17:25 PM »
I just put a BL USA in my N4 build to make it more of an original setup and I'm happy with it.  Very hot, lots of output, very rocking.

I've never used the Bill & Becky version so I can't speak of it's sound at all.  I tried repeatedly to order one from them but never could get an answer to a phone call or email.  I thought when they teamed up with Lace that things would change but they haven't yet.  At least get someone to set you up to take orders online for crying out loud!  Anyway, some of the draw to B&B may be the rarity or the difficulty in obtaining the pups but it isn't for me.  They would have to sound amazing to go through all those hoops imo, but I can't imagine that they are worth it.  My way of thinking is that they are the same design, and probably use the same magnet material, wire, etc. so how different could they be?  Maybe I'm wrong but that's just my thoughts.

I'm not trying to start an argument about who's better.  Like I said before, I haven't used the B&B so I can't say anything about it's tone one way or the other.  I'm sure it's a fine pup since there are so many fans on here.  It's just that it never worked out that I got one.  I clicked a button on Ebay and a few days later I had a BL USA.  That's more like it.

But I digress [:D]...quite a bit.  I had a Dimarzio Steve's Special in the bridge on my N4 copy and it was very nice.  The only reason I took it out was for the previously stated reason of originality and that I wanted it in my new project.  I really like that pup, so it may end up going into the guitar I like better [:)].

Hope my rambling answer helped or at least didn't hurt.

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / My N4 build
« on: October 02, 2009, 03:24:31 PM »
Slight update to this guitar.  I put a Lawrence USA 500-L in it to make it a bit more authentic.  It's a pretty nice pickup, real aggressive.  Not as nuanced or complex in sound as the Dimarzio but it obviously works pretty well in this guitar.

I'm putting the Steve's Special in my current build along with a PAF Joe in the neck position.  I'll post some pics or a link to it when I'm done if anyone is interested.

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Picture Request
« on: September 24, 2009, 10:09:46 AM »
There is a mahogany Mourning Widows guitar about halfway down this post (pretty cool-looking):


General Discussion on Washburn Electric Guitars / What pickups on Davies?
« on: September 01, 2009, 08:58:30 PM »
I don't know if this is common knowledge or not but there is a site with extensive history and photos of the differences between Bill & Becky and Lawrence USA pickups.  And I can't attest to the accuracy or unbiased nature of the site either.  I have only perused but will go more in depth soon.  Have a look.


N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / N4/5 with a non-locking trem?
« on: August 28, 2009, 09:28:27 PM »
Wow, I like that guitar a lot.  I'm starting another N4-inspired build and will be using a fixed bridge and added tone knob but it's going to be set neck.  Other than the regular headstock, that's a cool guitar.  I'm hooked on the big reverse headstock [:D].

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / N4 Neck on FleaBay
« on: August 25, 2009, 04:36:42 PM »
Originally posted by funkymunky

we have a bunch of N4 necks that just arrived if anyone needs one

there is no money above the 5th fret..........but its a great place to hang out

How much are you asking, and what woods are available?  I checked your website and didn't see any.

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