Washburn Nuno Bettencourt N4-Nuno Authentic USA Distressed Matte

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.

The Washburn N4 has been inseparably associated with Nuno Bettencourt since its 1990 introduction. For fans of Nuno, the N4 Authentic is as close to having Nuno’s actual guitar in hand 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.

The N4 Authentic is made 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® bridge & locking nut system with a D-Tuna for instant drop from E to D tuning. 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.

Body & Construction

Body Wood Alder

Type Electric Guitars

Style Double Cut Solid Body


Controls 1 Volume - 3 way toggle

Pickups Seymour Duncan 59 neck and Bill Lawrence bridge pickup

Pickup Configuration H / H

Pickup Selector 3 way toggle


Color Distressed Matte

Finish Matte Finish

Strings D'addario EXL 120 light gauge


Neck Wood Birdseye Maple 5-Bolt Stephen's Extended Cutaway

Fretboard Ebony with 22 Frets

Number Of Frets 22 frets

Inlays dots

Nut locking nut

Nut Width 43 mm locking nut chrome

Scale 25-1/2"


Hardware Chrome hardware

Bridge Floyd Rose Original

Tuners Mixed Gotoh / Grover Exclusive 18:1 Chrome