Washburn Announces New Nele Guitar

The new Nuno Bettencourt signature model features a six-way-switch and Seymour Duncan and Bill Lawrence pickups.
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Washburn Nele

Washburn Nele

Washburn and Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt have unveiled their latest collaboration, the Nele guitar.

Available in Standard and Deluxe versions, the Nele is a single-cut solid body built with a natural-grain swamp ash body, an extended cutaway, 22 frets, Seymour Duncan Vintage Stack neck pickups, Bill Lawrence L-250 bridge pickups and a 6-way “Freeway Ultra” switch. 

The unique switch allows guitarists to select from the neck pickup, bridge pickup, bridge and neck, both pickups in series and in phase, both pickups in series and out of phase, or both pickups parallel and out of phase.

“I’m excited about the new Nele and its multitude of tones,” Bettencourt said of the guitar in a statement. “In addition to taking a traditional approach with single coils, the 6-position switch opens up new creative possibilities and gives me more granular tone control. Washburn has been with me through thick and thin, and fans will hear this guitar on the new Extreme album.”

The Standard Nele features a maple neck, birdseye maple fretboard and an acrylic inlay, while the Deluxe version includes a birdseye maple neck, ebony fretboard and a pearloid inlay. The Deluxe version also features a figured maple cap on the body.

The Washburn Nele Standard and Deluxe models are available now, for $3,600 and $4,370, respectively.

For more info on the guitars, stop by washburn.com.