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Nuno Bettencourt, born in Portugal and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, grew up in a very musical family. In his teenage years he began playing drums, bass and keyboards, but ultimately settled on guitar as his primary instrument. Since then he has become one of the world’s greatest guitarists, who draws from an eclectic variety of styles and influences and is a tremendously technical and adept player, with an acute sense of rhythm. Most famous for his role in Boston-area group Extreme, in which Bettencourt recorded five CDs and delivered the hits “More Than Words” and “Hole Hearted”, he has also released a solo CD, formed the groups Mourning Widows and Population 1 (which eventually became DramaGods), and was featured in Satellite Party (formed by Perry Farrell). Although they had disbanded in 1995, in 2007, Extreme reunited and headlined Washburn’s 125th Anniversary Party at Winter NAMM 2008. For 2009-2013 Nuno joined Grammy Award winning R&B artist Rihanna as music director and lead guitarist on her world tour, playing to hundreds of thousands of fans across Europe and the U.S.
Nuno Bettencourt is respected as one of the world’s top guitarists. Nuno used his extensive knowledge of the guitar to design each of the N Series guitars with an extremely fast neck with easy access to higher frets. A Duncan ‘59 and a Lawrence® L-500 in the bridge make this reverse head-stock marvel wail. The N Series guitars are super road axes. Just ask Nuno and the thousands of musicians who play them.
USA Custom Shop Nuno Bettencourt Signature double cut solid body electric guitar in natural
Swamp ash body, birdseye maple 5 bolt Stephen’s extended cutaway neck, and ebony fretboard
Seymour Duncan 59 neck and Bill Lawrence bridge pickup with 1 Volume push/pull – 3 way toggle
Floyd Rose 1000 series original bridge, Grover exclusive 18:1 chrome tuners, and chrome hardware
Includes a hard case for easy, safe, and convenient transport