The N4 Authentic is an exact replica of Nuno Bettencourt's iconic Washburn N4 guitar

Washburn Guitars and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd are pleased to announce immediate availability of the Washburn N4 Authentic Nuno Bettencourt signature model. 


Photo above: Washburn N4 Authentic (click for hi-res version)

The Washburn N4 Authentic is an exact replica of Nuno Bettencourt's iconic N4 guitar. It has been painstakingly recreated in the USA Custom shop from Nuno's original N4 by Washburn's master luthiers and replicates every dent, ding, story, and nuance of personality contained in his guitar.


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The Washburn N4 has been inseparably associated with Nuno Bettencourt since its introduction in 1990. For fans of Nuno, the N4 Authentic is as close to having Nuno's actual guitar in your hands as you can get. Impeccable attention to detail has been paid, right down to the 2 replacement tuners Nuno added and the EVH D-Tuna on the Floyd Rose.


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The N4 Authentic is built in the Washburn USA Custom Shop and features an alder body with a Seymour Duncan® '59 neck pickup and Bill Lawrence® L-500 bridge pick-up, complemented by a Floyd Rose® Original bridge & locking nut system with a D-Tuna for instant drop tuning from E to D. The original 4 Gotoh tuners are augmented by a newer Gotoh and a Grover® 18:1 tuner, exactly as it is on Nuno's guitar. One of the hallmarks of the N4 is the Stephens Extended Cutaway on the maple neck which allows for unprecedented upper fret access. An ebony fretboard with dot inlays makes for silky smooth comfort and playability. The Buzz Feiten Tuning System allows for perfect musical intonation at every point on the neck. The stripped down control layout features a 3 way pickup selector and 1 volume control.

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Photo above: Washburn N4 Relic (click for hi-res version)

Also shipping now is the Washburn N4 Relic which the features the same specifications the N4 Authentic but with six Grover Exclusive 18:1 chrome tuners, Floyd Rose 1000 series bridge and locking nut system (no D-Tuna) and a vintage matte finish.

Pricing and Availability

The Washburn N4 Authentic and N4 Relic are both available now priced at £2999 RRP inc VAT and £2699 RRP inc VAT respectively.

For more information on the Washburn Nuno Bettencourt Signature Series please click here.

Washburn is distributed in the UK and ROI by Sound Technology Ltd. For more information please call 01462 480000 or visit