Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Re: Washburn Nuno freaks, give me your best!
Hmmmm... Well I can only offer this.
All of my Davis built guitars have a hand made (because they were) feel to them, and that has pros and cons. I am not shy about tweaking something to suit me, so I am currently having them refretting and the fretboard radius flattened a tad. I replaced the Kahler tremolos with Floyd Roses, and only one will have a B&B L500XL in the bridge.
I don't care to try and get Nuno's sound, as that is not why I like the guitars so much. I just really like the "no frills" approach to them, the cut down body, and the neck feel.
My '93 Padauk model is Washburn built, and has a more polished feel to it. I have not changed anything on it, and I do not plan to. I currently like everything about it down to the BLUSA bridge pup. The Schaller trem stays in tune, and feels about the same as the OFR.
My N6 is the only one of the 5/6 series I have played, and was originally built for one of the VPs for Washburn. I have no idea if mine is "special" in any way compared to a production N6, but the finishing is top notch. The fret ends are perfect, the birdseye is very figurative, and the neck is thick and wide. I don't know what the official nut size is on the N 5/6 series, but mine is 1 3/4".
Overall the guitars are built very well, and I am very pleased with them. I don't know if they are worth what they cost new, but that is an opinion.
Bottom line is this, I won't be selling any of them anytime soon.