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N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / My 2nd N4, this time in ash
« on: August 26, 2013, 05:17:03 PM »
I sold my pad N4 because the tone just wasn't for me, but it was the best playing guitar I ever held so I couldn't get it out of my head. I stumbled upon this one for sale and grabbed it. It's basically my dream guitar - N4 in swamp ash. It's a 2007 but that's all I know about it. Like the pad I owned, the workmanship on this guitar is freaking stellar. I don't know anything about the custom shop at Washburn other than they have made the 2 finest guitars I've ever held. I have a couple of kit guitars that were assembled by a master luthier, Tom Keckler, but they can't compare to a guitar made to match like this one. How can these guitars be such a secret?

I'll take some better pics if anyone wants, just for guitar pron.

I just bought an N4 that came in a Gator universal case that fits fine. Nothing weird about the fit.

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / WTK: Davies Neck Profile
« on: March 17, 2012, 03:41:07 PM »
Can anyone give me the specs for my Davies 2.0 Reissue neck? Fret size, radius, and profile would be great! Thanks in advance.

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Re: Mahogany N4 2.0 Reissue
« on: March 17, 2012, 02:40:03 PM »
I'm putting my Davies 2.0 pad up for sale. Contact me if you haven't found an N4 yet.

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Padauk Davies 2.0 Reissue FOR SALE
« on: January 25, 2012, 12:42:43 PM »
I have decided to sell my like-new padauk Davies 2.0 reissue. PM me for details, pics, history, etc.

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Re: WTB-Washburn N4 Davies Reissue 2.0
« on: January 25, 2012, 12:40:06 PM »
PM sent.

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!

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Pre-issue or 2.0 Reissue?
« on: November 19, 2010, 04:18:08 PM »
Originally posted by skeesik

I believe this was the second run of pre-production 2.0 Padauks.  The special 8 (one-piece bodies)were the prototype 2.0.  I think the second batch of 9 (two-piece bodies) can be considered the same.

Thanks for the input! Washburn only informed me that my 416 is the 416th guitar to come out of the shop without giving me any good info about my model.

Fantastic guitars!

You got that right! I'm practicing my ass off just to be worthy to play the instrument.

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Pre-issue or 2.0 Reissue?
« on: November 15, 2010, 02:33:03 PM »

I'm confused by this funky munky catalog item. How can one distinguish between a 1 of 9 pre-issue test model Davies spec and a Davies 2.0 pad reissue? One piece? Serial#? My Davies 2.0 pad has a serial# 0912416. I understand that to mean it is no. 416 Davies 2.0 in padauk.

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / NX3 Clarification
« on: November 12, 2010, 10:33:22 AM »
Originally posted by mfergel

What do you want to know about it?  That's my guitar.

What is the NX3 like? I see one on ebay that looks very nice for $550. I got a Davies 2.0 pad about 2 months ago and I'm instantly spoiled to the custom shop fit and finish on this incredible guitar. I assume the NX3 is more of a standard production guitar. But the NX3 is very sexy to me with the normal headstock and body mounted pickups. Can it be made to be a good player with the right setup? I'm getting a little sprung on these natural Wash's.

...or is that your project N3 and not really comparable to an NX3?

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / What amp do you use with your `Nuno`?
« on: November 11, 2010, 11:44:51 AM »
5150 Combo with Boss MT-2, DD-3, but soon to be heavily modded EVJ 5w with a greenback 1x12!

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Show us your N4 Davies!
« on: November 11, 2010, 10:47:33 AM »
Originally posted by markgibbon61

ok, here is my baby

I didn't know some N4's came with Kahler Steelers. When I was a kid I rode my bike up to the guitar store to get a floyd for my kit guitar. I was pissed that all they had was a Kahler floyd but I bought it for $110, half a year's salary as a kid. When my luthier, Tom Keckler of St. Blues guitars here in Memphis, assembled it he told me that under the microscope the Steeler had the smoothest, hardest saddles he'd ever seen on a bridge. Accidental score!

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Show us your N4 Davies!
« on: November 11, 2010, 10:07:15 AM »
DOH! NOOB ALERT! After spending all day reading this thread after I posted to it, I realize my 2.0 does not qualify as an N4 Davies. I'll leave it up for porn purposes but I'll yank it immediately if I'm outta line here.

I'm the new owner of this 2.0 Pad. I purchased it on ebay and I've actually seen a link to the auction at this forum in a different thread.  

I had been planning a warmoth kit guitar totally unrelated to an N4, in fact I hadn't thought about Nuno's guitars in about 15 years. But perusing on ebay I saw this one and it reminded me that I always loved Nuno's natural guitars. I researched the model and jumped on it. I have to say the guitar is much nicer than I thought it would be. I expected a production guitar along the lines of a Fender American Standard or an Ibanez JEM. Wrong, this is as nice a guitar as I have ever held. It's so effing classy I almost can't stand it. I want to just play Bach on it until I plug it up, then it breathes fire. It has the 37mm brass block, titanium string blocks, and stainless screws on the floyd. I added the Black Box trem stabilizer which works really well. It's a little clunky to pull up on but that's better than losing pitch bending strings. I think it's even stiff enough to use a dtuna, which I might. Rest assured if I do I'll have a professional routing job done for it or I'll just block out the trem. Don't scream at me, Nuno does it too. [:D]

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / nuno n4 davies reissues
« on: November 10, 2010, 04:49:17 PM »
I have a paduak 2.0. I bought it sight unseen from an ebay auction and it's so much more than I expected. The quality, I just can't say enough about it. As far as playability, think really big, tall frets, almost a scalloped feel. I have a strat with 22 Gibson style jumbos and this makes those feel like a 59 strat. Chords take a light touch for sure but the neck just f*cking flies for speed, like it's supposed to. I can't say the tone is superior to alder but it's very different for sure. It has one of the best acoustic sounds I've ever heard out of an electric, and like my guitar tech T.K. here in Memphis always says, a guitar cannot have a good electric sound without a good acoustic sound.

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