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1990s Washburn Nuno Bettencourt N4 Superstrat 100% Original w/ USA Pickups, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1990's Washburn Nuno Bettencourt N4 signature model in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A very rare Japanese-made iteration of the N4 platform, this guitar boasts a USA-made Seymour Duncan/Bill Lawrence pickup combination and Washburn 600-S Licensed Floyd Rose. Manufactured at the Chushin Gakki factory to extremely high standards, this Nuno has incredible fit and finish work, virtually indistinguishable from its USA contemporary in its construction, hardware, and electronics.

The guitar boasts an alder body, maple neck with Stephen's Extended Cutaway, and slab 22 fret ebony fingerboard ensuring a balanced, articulate platform for the humbuckers. Pickups include a Seymour Duncan SH-1n '59 PAF in the neck position, and this vintage-style humbucker delivers warm and crystalline clean tones, with full and bright distorted sounds and smooth sustain. This pickup has a slightly scooped midrange, wax-potted for optimal feedback rejection in higher gain scenarios. The Bill Lawrence L-500 in the bridge position is big and smooth, offering plenty of cut and power. This Washburn is featherweight at 6lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders (making this almost a D carve) and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .780" deep at the 1st fret and .880" at the 12th. The thick slab 22 fret ebony fretboard features jumbo fretwire that shows virtually no wear, playing cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The locking nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock features Washburn-branded chrome Gotoh tuning machines. The neck heel, neck pocket and neck pickup cavity are all stamped "655," ostensibly a manufacturer marking more than a serial.

The simple electronics function as intended, with a Japanese-made 500k Master Volume pot and three-way pickup selector governing the humbucker pair. Hardware includes the Washburn 600-S Licensed Floyd Rose vibrato, complete with its original arm. Cosmetic wear is limited to faint pick wear across the treble side of the strum path, some finish scratches and dings across the back and on the body perimeter, and a small spot of light buckle rash just below the belly carve. The satin finish on the neck profile is flawless, and there is light wear through the finish on the back of the headstock from a previously removed sticker.

A gigbag is included.