Supernova: My Take on a Tele

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  1. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Senior Member

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    Full disclosure, I like tele's just fine (Chris, sorry if that means we can't be friends :) ). However, I also love trying new stuff. I've looked at ergonomic guitars over the years and none of them seemed to really work for me. Then I saw a picture of an ergonomic guitar loosely based on a tele. I thought it was a cool idea, but there were a few things with the shape that I didn't like, so I set out to design my own. I chose the name Supernova because it fits with my cosmological naming scheme and because it is a very new take on a very old classic.

    This will be a slow build. I've got several non-guitar projects I have going concurrently, but figured I would start this now. Basic specs:

    - Alder body
    - Roasted maple neck
    - Roasted birdseye fretboard
    - 25.5" scale length
    - black hardware
    - Blonde/off white finish, black pickguard

    Here is the design drawing. Yes I know the string ferrules don't agree with the bridge. I originally designed this as a multiscale but decided I would prototype it with a standard bridge so I don't have to make the bridge pieces. I started on templates yesterday. Should be a fun one once it's all done!

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    charisjapan Silver Supporter

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    Very cool, @Ripthorn!

    Not a complaint, but I would prefer an ashtray bridge with compensated saddles ... just me. Unless, of course, you use the Hipshot multiscale bridge, hint-hint.

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    Ripthorn Senior Member

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    CJ, I have been thinking maybe one of the chopped tele bridges with compensated brass saddles, but there won't any brass anywhere else, so I worry that it might stick out like a sore thumb. It's still plenty early to change those decisions a number of times :)
     
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    jkes01 Senior Member

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    It is cool. I think to my eye, the headstock would fit better if flipped., JMHO. :thumb:
     
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    Norton Senior Member

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    "Loosely based" on a tele is an understatement.

    I'm sure the guitar will be boss hoss. The tele pick guard/control plate looks a bit out of place on a more progressive body design like yours. But Hey it's a little thing. Good luck and I'm looking forward to seeing progress!
     
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    Ripthorn Senior Member

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    It's all still early on. I will be mocking up a lot to make sure that things work the way I want them to, so things like headstock orientation, pickguard, control layout, etc. will all be examined much more closely when I have something in the physical realm.
     
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    Open_Book Senior Member

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    I'd avoid the Ashtray and leave it for cigarettes... :)

    I'd dump the Tele control panel too or make it a raised plinth and do the controls from the back - the normal metal strip just looks cheap. The guitar looks great as is so why spoil it!
     
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    Appreciate the comments, guys. This is still in the formative phase, so I am gathering feedback to let it all stew in my mind for a while.
     
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    Skyjerk Meatbomb Silver Supporter

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    LOL. We're cool as far as I'm concerned. We would still be even if it was a straight-up Tele. If I disliked people just because they liked Telecasters I guess I wouldn't like very many people since I think I'm definitely in the minority in my dislike for them.

    That said, calling this baby a Tele is like calling my Phoenix a Strat :)

    Very cool design. Cant say I'm surprised though given your previous builds :)
     
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    Ripthorn Senior Member

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    Thanks, buddy! Yeah, well, this is my take on a tele much like the photon was my take on the SG (i.e., super thin with bevels). Also, you should see my take on the Jazzmaster, which is coming sometime soon. CAD drawings have been done on it for quite some time, I just haven't gotten to the point where I'm ready to start working on it. Its name? Continuum.
     
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    Since I mentioned it, here's the first sneak peek at the Continuum as well. Like I said, this was my spin on the Jazzmaster, but it doesn't really resemble one all that much. I'm open to feedback on this one, too.

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    I like to body a lot (with the single exception of the straight vertical on the pickguard, which makes for a mismatch with the other contours). Like others, not a fan of the flipped headstock. And I hate to say it, but Supernova has already been used -- by Epi, for its Noel Gallagher (Oasis) model (Union Jack and blue).
     
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    Skyjerk Meatbomb Silver Supporter

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    I actually love that headstock :)
     
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    I like the Supernova shape. That's basically the bridge I've been putting on all my builds.
     
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    Well, we have had quite the cold snap by Texas standards: highs in the upper 50's. Too cold for spraying the Red Dwarf, so what does one do? Start another build! I started off by taking the maple for the fretboard and neck and putting them in the oven. I want to try the roasted maple thing on this build. This will just be for color and not for stability or anything else because it's not in a vacuum oven. Anyway, below is the freboard and the neck pieces on top of the rest of the board from which the neck pieces were cut to show the color change. Nice and lovely. And as a side note, this maple is the whitest maple I've ever seen.

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    I also took some left over alder from building dining benches and glued up a body blank. I failed, however, to trace the body location on front AND back of the blank, so I ended up with part of a knot on the back side right at the upper bout. Bummer. Oh well, it will be a solid finish so I can hid it, but still, it irks me. This body is going to be freakishly light weight, so neck dive concerns me a little. We'll see what the neck blank ends up weighing in at.

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    charisjapan Silver Supporter

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    That, my friend, is a FEATURE! :)
     
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    You Betcha!

    I would change my finishing plan to something that would "SHOWCASE" that knot in some manner! I mean, it's so gnarly and in such a cool spot, and...and.... and!
     
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    charisjapan Silver Supporter

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    Problem is ... it's on the wrong side of the guitar!

    :(

    Lefty?

    Edit: or a Reverse Supernova, or ... Black Hole! :yesway::yesway:
     
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    Ripthorn Senior Member

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    I got to thinking about bridges and decided to see what this would look like with a Hipshot Baby Grand instead of a standard Hipshot hardtail. I kind of like it, but luckily I have plenty of time to decide.

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    Skyjerk Meatbomb Silver Supporter

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    FWIW I never cared for those bridges, but on that guitar I think it actually works really well :)

    To be clear, I like the "idea" of that bridge, but on most guitars it just looks off.

    In this case it doesn't look off to my eye...
     
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