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N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Help with truss wrench size
« on: April 25, 2012, 07:22:30 PM »
Dear all,

Need help with the size of the truss rod allen key needed for my N4 paddy.

I've lost the allen key for my N4. I always thought all N series use the same key until  I tried to use the allen key from my N7 paddy and it seems to be smaller than the one in my N4. Does anyone know what size N4 allen key should be?

I don't want to remove the neck pickup from the N4 to use a regular key at this point.

Any help appreciated. Thanks.


N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Japanese N4
« on: March 14, 2011, 10:04:57 AM »
That's what I've concluded as well. My truss rod slot is there but just not even clearance to shove the truss allen wrench it. It just needs about 1mm more to clear. I've noticed some N4s have a similar undersized truss slot as mine. At least this leaves the option of adjustments with only the PU removed which I much prefer.

At least now we know a little bit more about MIJ and MIUSA differences. Case closed I guess.

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Japanese N4
« on: March 11, 2011, 01:07:32 AM »
I've checked the Washburn spec archive for 1994 guitars and my N4 matches exactly what is spec:-
1. SEC joint,
2. Gotoh tuners - mine says Washburn but I'm pretty sure they are actually made by Gotoh based on the design,
3. Schaller FR.

So its just an oddball that has no MIUSA stamped. Next time the strings are out I will remove the neck joint and see if anything is printed there.


N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Japanese N4
« on: March 09, 2011, 11:39:32 PM »
Ok... after a couple more days of searching the web and comparing photos, I am half convinced now that my N4 is US made. I've come across several images of circa 1994/1995 N4 that look exactly the same with Washburn tuners, Washburn/Schaller FRs, top mounted FR locking nut. Except I could never see clearly whether the other N4s have got the Made in USA stamped on. Some have got the handmade in USA decal on the SEC joint but mine does not.

Its still somewhat non conclusive, but at least the guitar is good. :) LOL!!!


N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Japanese N4
« on: March 08, 2011, 06:20:09 PM »
Thanks for all the input so far. I've been researching this for a few days now and I absolutely agree with darreno27 - everytime I think I've come to a conclusion, something comes along and derails it. Exactly when were MIJ ones made?

I'm in contact with the original owner and he said was bought direct from a US washburn dealer. I also have that warranty paper and BFTS pamplet that came with it. So far, other than Made in USA not being stamped, it seems to points toward a US N4.


The body is 2 piece. Its just so well put together you cannot see the seam from the front and back face of the body. The only sign its 2 piece is at the strap button where the grains meet like //\\\\.

Couple more queries... I know the current tuners on N4 are grover vintage style. When did Washburn use Washburn tuners like the ones on mine? Also the floyd rose, when did they use the Washburn / Made in Germany by Schaller FRs?

Maybe this N4 was one of those short transition period ones... I dunno.


N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Japanese N4
« on: March 08, 2011, 11:02:30 AM »
Hi all,

New to the forum. I just got myself a swamp ash N4 and have been trying to find out more about it. Can someone help and tell me if this is a Jap or US N4?

Visual inspection shows:-
1. No made in USA stamp.
2. Has a 9406XXX serial on both headstock and electronics cavity.
3. Can't access truss rod w/o neck or PU removal.
4. Lock nuts on neck are top mounted.
5. Floyd is a Washburn made in Germany by Schaller (which seems like the old cheaper FR II with the hardened steel inserts)

Links to photos here-

I have not removed the neck to inspect the joint. The neck fit on this guitar is near perfect with no gaps and absolutely smooth. So I'm trying not to remove the neck at all.

Is this Jap? The guitar plays and sounds as good as any US N4 I've tried. I've only just found out after getting the guitar that there was such a thing as a Japanese version.

Help appreciated. Thanks.


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