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N4 Relic

Electric Solid Body

SRP £2,699.00 inc VAT

Washburn USA Custom Shop Nuno Bettencourt Signature N4-Vintage.

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. 2014 - 2015 also saw an Extreme tour commemorating the 25th anniversary of Pornograffitti.

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
  • Birdseye Maple neck with Ebony fretboard 
  • L500 Bill Lawrence bridge pickup
  • Seymour Duncan '59 neck pickup
  • Floyd Rose 1000 Series Original Tremolo System
  • 5-Bolt Stephen's Extended Cutaway
GENERAL
MODELN4VINTAGE
SERIESNuno Bettencourt Series, USA Custom Series N4VINTAGE-D
BODY
SHAPENuno Bettencourt Series
BODYAlder
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
SCALE25-1/2
ELECTRONICS
PICKUPSSeymour Duncan 59 neck and Bill Lawrence bridge pickup
PICKUP CONFIGURATIONH / H
CONTROLS1 Volume push/pull - 3 way toggle
PICKUP SELECTOR3 way toggle
HARDWARE
HARDWAREChrome hardware
BRIDGEFloyd Rose 1000 Series Original
TUNERSGrover Exclusive 18:1 Chrome
OTHER
COLORVintage Matte
FINISHMatte Finish
STRINGSD'addario EXL 120 light gauge
CASEGCN4 INCLUDED