2002 Epiphone Union Jack Supernova, as made famous by Noel Gallagher

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From the original run of Epiphone Supernovas, this guitar screams "Britpop". Noel Gallagher's original is now a museum piece, so it's models like these that keep the glory days alive. 

Anyone who was there then or has seen Oasis in their "What's The Story?" heyday will know and love this guitar.  Modified and refinished from an original Epiphone USA 1964 Reissue John Lee Hooker Sheraton I, Noel's guitar stood loud & proud for Britpop.  The 1997 - 2005 models may not be entirely faithful reproductions (see below), but up until Epiphone came up with a closer (but still not completely accurate) version in 2014, there was no closer model available.  And it has all the punch & bravado of that Oasis sound when you plug it in to play.

Specification

Epiphone

Make

Union Jack Supernova

Model

Red, White & Blue

Colour

2002

Year

S020512460

Serial  Number

22

Number of Frets

Rosewood

Fretboard

Maple

Neck

Maple

Body

Vintage Kluson-Style

Tuners

Epiphone 57 Classic Humbucker

Pick-ups

Tune-O-Matic

Bridge

Epiphone Stop Tailpiece

Tailpiece

24.75"

Scale Length

42.00"

Full Length

Further Information:

  • The original Supernovas were built from 1997 to 2005, in the Samick and Peerless factories in Korea.

  • To be fair, they are not the most faithful reproduction of the unique guitar Noel made famous.  A closer if not exact match has been achieved with Epiphone's 2014 Limited Edition Union Jack Sheraton Outfit.

  • Major differences to Noel's include:

    • Union Jack finish applied only to top of body

    • The Union Jack Blue is darker and the White yellows from its Artic White brilliance under the lacquer

    • The neck and headstock back & sides are Blue, rather than Arctic White

    • A stop tailpiece replaces the Frequensator

    • Classic humbuckers replace mini-humbuckers

    • All hardware is chrome, rather than gold

    • The traditional Sheraton-style floral headstock inlay is replaced with a simpler Epiphone oval inlay

  • More simply, these early models did not base their design on the Epiphone USA 1964 Reissue John Lee Hooker Sheraton I that was the backdrop for the Union Jack finish that immortalised Noel's guitar.

  • But, but, but... until 2014 there was no closer reproduction available - and this plays like a dream, while looking the part (at least to all but the most devoted of Noel guitar fans).

See & Hear It In Action
20190911 Benjamin Gabe Dublin Castle Vid
Slovakian band Benjamin Gabe live at The Dublin Castle with our Arctic White Strat and Epiphone Union Jack
  • Acquiesce: Back to Maine Road, 1996, the original Supernova in all its Britpop glory.  An epic song, a B-side - could have been a single in its own right.  And, as far as I know, only one of two Oasis songs released where the brothers sing different parts of the song.
John from Benjamin Gabe gives our Epiphone Union Jack some bedroom practice ahead of the gig
Benjamin Gabe from the other side at The Dublin Castle with our Arctic White Strat and Epiphone Union Jack
Sources & Links
  • Guitarlist Review & Spec: Guitarlist is a hugely valuable and recommended resource for brief reviews and specs of a wide range of guitars.  A nice introduction to the range of Supernova models from 1997 - 2000.
  • Live4Ever Forum Cross-Compare: A really informative discussion about the history of the Noel Gallagher original Supernova and the differences to the production first-run Epiphone Supernova - on Oasis/Gallagher expert site, Live4Ever.
  • The Painted Player's Supernova Tribute: If you really want to go for it, this is as good as it gets, and some, The Painted Player's Artist Tribute Supernova.  Not to mention the many other great tribute guitars they have on offer.
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