Epiphone Supernova

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Epiphone Supernova
Manufacturer Epiphone
Period 1995 — unknown
Body type semi-hollow
Neck joint Set
Scale 24-3/4"
Fretboard Rosewood
Bridge Tune-O-matic
Pickup(s) 2 Alnico 57 humbucker pickups
Colors available
Union Jack, Man City Blue, Cherry Red, Ebony Black

The Supernova was a Korean-made electric guitar manufactured by Epiphone for Noel Gallagher of the English rock band Oasis. Noel used a customised Epiphone Sheraton guitar with a Union Jack design during many Oasis shows throughout the tour promoting the second album (What's the Story) Morning Glory?. The Epiphone Supernova was designed to represent that guitar, even though there are several differences, for instance, the Sheraton guitar used by Noel had mini-humbucker pickups, gold hardware and a frequensator tailpiece whereas the Supernova has regular humbucker pickups and a stop-style tailpiece. The original guitar is now on display at the British Music Experience at the O2 arena. The name of the guitar is taken from the Oasis song "Champagne Supernova".

Design and sound[edit]

Featuring a double cutaway design, the Supernova is semi-hollow body guitar reminiscent of other Epiphones such as the Sheraton or Dot. The Supernova featured parallelogram mother of pearl fretboard markers, chrome hardware, including a stop bar tailpiece, humbucking pickups and die-cast tuners.

Featuring two Alnico 57 pickups, the guitar is tonally similar to the Sheraton and Gibson ES-335 guitars.

Available colours[edit]

The guitar was available in five colours, a Union Jack paintjob (which Gallagher had on his own guitar), Manchester City blue (City is Gallagher's favourite football club), cherry red, vintage sunburst and the very rare ebony black.

The Supernova was produced for a number of years, but was discontinued until 2014, where Epiphone once again released the Supernova Sheraton as a special edition instrument, under the title "Epiphone Limited Edition - Union Jack Sheraton Outfit"

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Official Epiphone website
Epiphone Supernova review