Nele Standard


Nele Standard

Color: Natural


The Nele is the latest collaboration between Nuno Bettencourt and Washburn. This bold instrument is inspired by some great vintage instruments, but this is far from traditional. It delivers more tonal options and a feel that is far faster and enticing than its forerunner.

The Nele Standard features a natural-grain swamp ash body, equipped with a Seymour Duncan® Vintage Stack® in the neck position, a Bill Lawrence L-250 bridge pickups, and an innovative 6-way “Freeway Ultra” switch. The new tone switch gives players access to the three common settings and then three additional hot-rod options. Each Nele is custom-built in the Washburn USA custom shop.

Designed and played by Nuno Bettencourt

"I’m excited about the Nele and it’s multitude of tones. Not only the traditional approach to the single coils, but the 6 position switch opens up new creative possibilities. Already used it in the new extreme album. "
- Nuno

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Seymour Duncan® Vintage Stack® and Bill Lawrence L-250 pickups

The Seymour Duncan® Vintage Stack® is designed to deliver a classic, warm, punchy tone without the traditional single coil hum and is built by hand in Santa Barbara, California.

The Bill Lawrence L-250 brings you single coil dynamics and sound with humbucker warmth and cleanliness.

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6-way "Free-Way Ultra" Switch

Position 1 - Neck Pickup
Position 2 - Bridge + Neck Pickups
Position 3 - Bridge Pickup
Position 4 - Both Pickups in Series + In Phase
Position 5 - Both Pickups in Series + Out of Phase
Position 6 - Both Pickups in Parallel + Out of Phase

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Swamp Ash Body

Swamp Ash is both light and resonant, and offers firm lows, pleasant highs, slightly scooped mids and excellent sustain.

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Body & Construction

Body Wood Swamp Ash
Type Electric Guitars
Style Single Cut Solid Body


Controls 1 x Volume
Pickups Neck: Seymour Duncan Vintage Stack (STK-T1N) | Bridge: Bill Lawrence L-250 (L-250TB)
Pickup Configuration H/H
Pickup Selector 6-Way "Freeway Ultra"


Color Natural
Finish Matte
Additional Info Deluxe Hard Case included


Neck Wood Maple
Fretboard Birdseye Maple
Number Of Frets 22
Inlays Dots
Nut Black TUSQ XL
Nut Width 43mm
Scale 25.5"


Hardware Gold
Bridge Gotoh® GTC201
Tuners Grover® Exclusive 18:1 Gold

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