N4 Relic

Electric Solid Body

RRP: £2,799.00 inc VAT

Nuno Bettencourt, born in Portugal and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, grew up in a very musical family. In his teenage years he began playing drums, bass and keyboards, but ultimately settled on guitar as his primary instrument. Since then he has become one of the world's greatest guitarists, who draws from an eclectic variety of styles and influences and is a tremendously technical and adept player, with an acute sense of rhythm. Most famous for his role in Boston-area group Extreme, in which Bettencourt recorded five CDs and delivered the hits "More Than Words" and "Hole Hearted", he has also released a solo CD, formed the groups Mourning Widows and Population 1 (which eventually became DramaGods), and was featured in Satellite Party (formed by Perry Farrell). Although they had disbanded in 1995, in 2007, Extreme reunited and headlined Washburn's 125th Anniversary Party at Winter NAMM 2008. For 2009-2013 Nuno joined Grammy Award winning R&B artist Rihanna as music director and lead guitarist on her world tour, playing to hundreds of thousands of fans across Europe and the U.S.

In order to develop the N Series with Washburn, Bettencourt utilized his extensive knowledge of the guitar and designed each model with an extremely fast neck that allows for easy access to higher frets via the Stephen's® Extended Cutaway on some models. Depending on the model, a Washburn or a Duncan® '59 neck pickup & a Lawrence® L-500 in the bridge make this reverse headstock marvel wail. These super road axes are the gateway to total creativity, just ask Nuno and the thousands of musicians that play them.

  • Built in the USA Custom Shop
  • Aged solid alder body
  • Aged hardware
  • 22 fret maple neck with ebony fretboard
  • L500 Bill Lawrence? bridge pickup
  • Seymour Duncan? ?59 neck pickup
  • Original Floyd Rose? tremolo
  • Stephens? extended cutaway neck joint
  • Buzz Feiten Tuning System?
General
TypeElectric Solid Body
Number of strings6 String
Buzz Feiten tuning systemYes
Body
Electric body shapeNuno - Stephen's Cutaway
TopAlder
BackAlder
Binding
Neck
MaterialBirdseye Maple 5-Bolt Stephen's Extended Cutaway
FretboardEbony with 22 Frets
Number of frets22 frets
Inlaysdots
Nutlocking nut
Nut width43 mm locking nut chrome
Scale25.5
Neck jointStephen's
Joined at15th fret
Electronics
Pickup ConfigurationH / H
Controls1V push/pull - 3 way toggle