Whoa Nele! Washburn's Nuno Bettencourt Tele-looking thing.

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Blazer, May 11, 2020.

  1. Blazer

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    Hair metal survivor, Extreme string bender and tour guitarist for pop stars such as Katy Perry. Bettencourt has been going strong for around 33 years and counting and for most of that time he's been playing his Washburn Signature model with the smaller body shape.

    The N-series is Washburn's longest going signature model and they offer it in a variety of options, concerning body wood, pickups and ranging from cheap beginners models to top end custom shop models.

    But apparently Bettencourt has discovered the charms of a tele.
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    It apparently has a clever six way switch which offers a multitude of tonal options.
     
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    I believe the (patented?) neck joint is called the Steven’s extended cutaway.
    I played one at a guitar/amp shop (Electron) in Pr. George, BC in the early 1990s.
    I love stuff like that!
     
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    I'm sure the patent has expired but yes Stephens was a luthier who developed it as a small builder and licensed it to Washburn for the Nuno guitars and some other models back in the day - I seem to recall an extended fingerboard Washburn model with something like 30 to 36 frets with that cutaway as well. For me it's also been since about 1991/92 when I got to play an N4 at a small shop outside of Akron Ohio (where I was living at the time) but it was a cool - but unusual - feeling instrument with that cutaway.
     
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    It was Stephen Davies who designed the extended cutaway. He actually lived in my town, Eugene Oregon for a while prior to moving to Washington. I own one of his early builds, it's a strat with a koa top and binding from around 1984. I tracked him down at least 10 years ago to get info on the guitar (I purchased it second hand). He estimated he built it in 1984. I believe he has since passed away. A few pictures of the guitar. 1.JPG STEPHENS STRAT.JPG 2.JPG
     
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    That neck joint is a neat idea. Were I in possession of a workshop, and actual fingers instead of ten sausages of stupidity, I might try to build one.
     
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    Wow!
    The man did great work!
     
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    If Nuno's playing it, I bet it's terrific. I remember seeing the first concert honoring Freddie Mercury after his death, and Extreme played early on. They did a number of "dead-on" covers of Queen songs, and Nuno simply "NAILED" Brian's guitar parts. He is virtually un-recognized by the general public, although idolized by guitar players.
     
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    died?
    new info to me
    sad face

    Stephen was a true gent to me, answering my noob questions w/o a trace of attitude and always returning to the point of lutherie - to make the guitar as playable as possible.

    From what I gathered, he did not feel the Washburn licencing deal worked out as he expected and left luthier-gig for home restoration (incl leaded windows) in the Seattle area.
    Thanks for the (sad) update.

    Peace - Deeve
     
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    Band name alert!
     
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    I probably should have said he died, I did hear that but I don't know for a fact.
     
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    ...as usual, interesting information, and this is my way of saying thanks, John - your posts are a treasure here as are @brookdalebill 's contributions.

    I have to say I resemble that remark, and even though I spent years as a framing carpenter, my woodwork is best done where tolerance of a 1/16" error can be buried with a 24 oz. framing axe.

    sorry for your loss.

    thanks, one and all. Human behaviour as of late has been diminishing my faith in humans, but here I find evidence to the contrary. Please keep up the good work.
     
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    Always really liked the Nuno models. I always wanted them to do one of the high end ones with a hardtail bridge. I’d have snapped that up lickety split. But they never did it, and the lower tier models never did it for me. They were shaped like the nice ones, but didn’t feel or play anything like them.

    The new T style model looks awesome!
     
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    Ah, but what would their first album be called? How about . . .

    Sizzle to the metal

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    Ah; that's right; Stephen Davies - don't know why I thought "Stephens" was the last name, instead of it being "Stephen's" neck joint. I used to have an old Guitar Player that did a shootout of something like 25 Teles/Tele-style guitars and there was a Stephen Davies custom build in the mix. Sorry; I no longer have that issue hanging around.
     
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    So how is the neck attached? Is the heel a big flat plate the shape of the metal plate?
     
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    that thing is carvin-ugly
     
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