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Supernova: My Take on a Tele

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Ripthorn, Sep 24, 2017.

  1. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    35
    Oct 22, 2009
    Austin, TX
    Full disclosure, I like tele's just fine. 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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  2. oldrebel

    oldrebel Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Oct 23, 2011
    Lynchburg Tennessee
    I love the design. It looks like a fun project.
     

  3. metecem

    metecem Friend of Leo's

    I like it.

    Are you sure about the location of the knobs & switch?
     

  4. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    35
    Oct 22, 2009
    Austin, TX
    Mete, the short answer is no, I'm not. I figure I will mock some things up before I go with anything. This is mostly just a concept drawing, since it will be new. The control plate will be shorter than a standard tele, so layout and spacing are a task yet to perform.
     

  5. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx

  6. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    35
    Oct 22, 2009
    Austin, TX
    Thanks! Another Austin resident, eh?
     

  7. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Age:
    60
    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    Since 1966!
    The good ol' days.:rolleyes:
     

  8. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
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    Mar 2, 2010
    Maine
    Certainly looks cool, nice lines and probably balanced and comfortable.
    Why is the guard so short and the pickups closer together than on a Tele?
    OK I guess that's for more frets, which would be nice, but I agree with @metecem that maybe the control plate needs to move back a bit.
    Could angle the straight part of the guard, or just lose the connection there.

    Last criticism: Two of the three neck screws are where the string tension presses the heel into the pocket, leaving only one screw against string tension. I would want to move the lower heel screw a little toward the headstock to help hold that neck securely. I suppose an insert and beefy machine screw could suffice and keep the extra sleek heel design though.
    Output jack on the butt?
     

  9. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    35
    Oct 22, 2009
    Austin, TX
    Thanks for the thoughts guys, this design is definitely a little different for me so I appreciate all comments. Until I have made the decision on the bridge, some of the other things will be left up in the air. I will likely move the bridge pickup towards the bridge more (use whatever the standard tele spacing is). I am also thinking I might just go 22 frets.

    As for the pickguard, I am thinking of direct mounting it, thus the pickguard shortness, but perhaps I will see if I can move it back to make the control layout more friendly.

    With the neck screws, I always do threaded inserts and many of the very progressive guitars do weird things with the neck screws, but I will do final layout when I have the neck and body ready for attachment. This is all just one big experiment for me, so some of it will definitely be by ear. Also, I have plenty of time to let the ideas stew and continue refining, but part of that was to post here and get feedback. Keep it coming, guys!

    EDIT: I'm thinking output jack would be a barrel jack on the bottom of the "scallop" at the body rear, so the cable angles up towards the strap button a little. I always loop my cable, so it would work.
     
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  10. metecem

    metecem Friend of Leo's

    Whatever you do and however you loop your cable, I am expecting a great tidy fetish wiring this time :D
     

  11. hemingway

    hemingway Friend of Leo's

    Mar 14, 2012
    London, UK
    I can see why and where you would tweak it, as others have said; but the basic idea is very cool
     

  12. Frank'n'censed

    Frank'n'censed Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 27, 2011
    Parts Unknown
    It should be champagne coloured ;)
     
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  13. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    35
    Oct 22, 2009
    Austin, TX
    When searching around to see if the name was already taken, that was all I could find references to :)
     

  14. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    58
    Mar 2, 2010
    Maine
    How about a spin pain job?
    Put it on a lazy susan, hit it with some Jackson Pollack, and spin!
     

  15. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    35
    Oct 22, 2009
    Austin, TX
    I've thought about swirl paint jobs, but not for this one. I want the finish to be closer to typical with everything else not being. I think the juxtoposition would be cool.
     

  16. TRexF16

    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2011
    Tucson
    Concur.
    Rex
     

  17. mnutz

    mnutz Tele-Afflicted

    I think it's a cool looking design!
     

  18. mPacT

    mPacT Tele-Holic

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    Dec 23, 2014
    Burbank, CA
    Cool design! Did you consider curving the control plate to follow the lower bout?
     

  19. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    35
    Oct 22, 2009
    Austin, TX
    Did not consider curving it, but I might look at it in my drawing software and see what it looks like.
     
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  20. Steveinthesticks

    Steveinthesticks Tele-Meister

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    May 11, 2006
    Austin

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