Nuno Bettencourt is a great guitarist who was propelled to international guitar super-stardom in the rock band Extreme. If you love his playing style and sound and you are looking to recreate it then you should take a serious look at the Washburn N2 Nuno Bettencourt Signature Guitar.
Nuno Bettencourt is best known as the guitarist from US rock band Extreme. Bettencourt started off life in the Boston based hair metal act Sinful however, the band never really broke through to the big time. Success came in 1985 when he joined Extreme which signed for A&M records shortly after he joined. There debut album the self titled Extreme did well when released in 1989 but it was the release of Pornograffiti in 1990 that propelled Extreme into the limelight. But it was the pyrotechnic guitar playing of Nuno Bettencourt which made the band so memorable. For many Bettencourts lightning quick style of playing is best illustrated in the Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee an interpretation of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee”, which is the intro guitar solo to the Track “He-Man Woman Hater”.
So what about the Washburn N2 Nuno Bettencourt signature guitar, what sort of guitar bears the great guitarists name and is it worth the money.
The N2 is the entry version of the Nuno Bettencourt signature guitars from Washburn which go from the N2 through to the N6. The guitar fits firmly into the super-strat mould with a strat style body made from Agathis, a wood from the conifer family. The choice of Agathis as the wood for construction means that the guitar can be relatively competitively priced but has a good strength to weight ratio. This means that the guitar is relatively light for its size making it a comfortable guitar to have strung round your neck. The body is nicely contoured with a deep cutaway allowing easy unhindered access to the upper frets. We really like the natural matt finish allowing you to really appreciate the wood that has been used to make the guitar.
The bolt on neck is maple with a rosewood fingerboard featuring 22 jumbo frets and dot position inlays. The main thing that struck us about the neck is how quick it is to play. This guitar really has a nice neck and when combined with the low action it really gave a lightning quick playing experience. But this is what you would expect from a guitar designed by Nuno Bettencourt.
In terms of the electrics the guitar comes armed with two humbuckers. There is a washburn designed humbucker in the neck position and a L500 Bill Lawrence humbucker in the bridge position. The combination of the two give a really sweet sound both clean and distorted, but we really love the L500 which when selected really brings the guitar alive. There is a three way pick-up selector switch and a single volume knob. We would liked to have seen a tone control to allow some on-board control of the sound that this guitar kicks out but that is a small complaint. The bridge is a Floyd Rose licensed tremolo system which stands up well to most heavy fretboard antics. Finally the hardware is all chrome giving the guitar a real top quality feel.
In essence this is a great guitar at a reasonable price. The build quality is good, there are some slight niggles but, as we have said, these are relatively minor. In our opinion it is the neck which is the real plus of this guitar giving a great playing experience. All in all this is a guitar that has been well put together and if you like the Nuno Bettencourt style of playing then you will love the Washburn N2 Nuno Bettencourt signature guitar.
|Washburn N2 Nuno Bettencourt Signature Guitar|
|Body||Agathis super-strat style|
|Bridge||Floyd Rose licensed tremolo|
|Frets||22 Jumbo frets|
|Nut width||43 mm|
|Scale length||648 mm (25.5")|
|Bridge pickup||L500 Bill Lawrence Humbucker|
|Neck pickup||Washburn Humbucker|
|Pickup switching||3 way toggle switch|
|Controls||1 volume knob|
|Recommended retail price||£390.83|
|If you love this guitar||Buy now for £379|
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