“Once they started doing paint on my guitars, I hated the way they sounded”: Nuno Bettencourt explains why he has always preferred his Washburn N4 guitars to be unfinished

Nuno Bettencourt
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While many artist signature guitars on the market aim to turn heads through wild designs and eye-catching cosmetics, Nuno Bettencourt adopts an approach that is far more old school, far more straightforward.

That much can be surmised from his own Washburn N4 model – a completely natural, unfinished electric guitar, which the Extreme virtuoso has made his go-to six-string companion for the stage and studio throughout his career.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.