SUPERNOVA and the "FUTURE VINTAGE" Mission

I'm proud to introduce you to my brand new, Official Website, and an incredible new guitar line called, "SuperNova/Future Vintage".  The Future Vintage mission is simple... I wanted to take the best elements of guitar and hardware designs from the Golden Era of the electric guitar, (1948-1970) and using those elements, create new designs that would perform up to the very highest standards of the most discriminating guitarists in the world. We all search for an instrument that feels alive, and gives back MORE than we put in. That's when playing a guitar becomes a truly incredible experience. That's been my mission building Buzz Feiten guitars, and the driving force behind SuperNova.


SUPERNOVA CLASSIC

The Classic is designed for players who love the Les Paul. It features a revolutionary "rear loaded" pickup design that vastly improves sustain and sounds tighter and punchier than the standard front loaded system. The 1/2" pickup mounting plate attached to the back of the guitar increases sustain and sound transfer to the body by maximizing the vibration from the pickups. The plate with the pickups attached acts as a “resonator”, and the increase in sustain is amazing. The Classic also features a new "wraparound" style bridge with the Buzz Feiten Tuning System built in, a 24 3/4" scale, tuning key extensions with a "pyramid" style tuning machine layout that provides straight string pull for all 6 strings,  and my version of the classic PAF pickup design. Everyone who's played the Classic has raved about the Vintage tone and feel of the instrument. The Classic's Alnico5 magnets, 10+k output and BF design frequency response give the pickups a rare combination of warmth, punch, and sweet transparent highs. Clients include Jorge Santana, Vince Gill, Dean Parks, Paul Barrere (Little Feat), Chris Rodriguez (Kelly Clarkson/Rascal Flatts), Dave Howard/ Professor at Berkeley College of Music, Paul Brown, and many other great players. I'm grateful for my clients who have shown such incredible support and enthusiasm for this revolutionary approach.                                                                                                                                            

NECK

24.75" scale length. Standard model features a Rosewood fingerboard. Neck shape is standard medium "U" (Les Paul style), unless otherwise specified. (.880”- .960”) Radius is 12" (non-compound). Nut width is 1.7". Frets are Nickel 6100. (.100"x.055"). Trussrod is double action, headstock adjustable.

COLORS

Faded Pink Cherry Burst ('59 Les Paul style) w Cream binding
Dark Cherry Burst w/ White binding   (shown)                                                                                                                                                                       Translucent Black w Pearl binding                                                                                                                                                                                Translucent Chocolate w Pearl Binding                                                                                                                                                                         Amber w Black binding

Black


SUPERNOVA FUTURA

The Futura is designed to be an ultra-comfortable, versatile instrument that can be configured with different pickup combinations to suit the player's style and taste. As with the Classic, the rear loaded design increases the sustain, and sounds tighter and punchier than the standard top loaded version, because the cavity for each pickup is MUCH smaller, and the 1/2" pickup mounting plate increases sustain and sound transfer to the body by maximizing the vibration from the pickups, WITHOUT interrupting the top vibration. The plate with the pickups attached acts as a “resonator”, and the increase in sustain is amazing. The Humbucking bridge pickup is a terrific option when I want a fat, punchy bridge sound, and when combined with the warm transparent DP-420 neck pickup, the versatility of the Futura is incredible.  The neck pickup is a whopping 11k output, with gorgeous top end, and inspires everything from Wes to Hendrix/ SRV and beyond.  It's the TONE that makes the Futura SO much fun to play... It's hard to put down once you pick it up!

NECK

25 5/16" scale length. Standard model features a Rosewood fingerboard, unless otherwise requested. Maple is also available. Neck shape is standard medium "C", unless otherwise specified. (.880”- .960”) Radius is 12" (non-compound). Nut width is 1.7". Frets are Nickel 6100. (.100"x.055"). Trussrod is double action, headstock adjustable.

COLORS

Metallic Blue

Translucent Red (shown)
Dark Cherry  w/ White binding                                                                                                                                                                                Translucent Black w Pearl binding                                                                                                                                                                                             Translucent Chocolate w Pearl Binding                                                                                                                                                                          Amber w Black binding

Black


FUTURA SUPER TREM

The Futura Super Trem features a unique 3 pickup configuration with a noise-free DiMarzio DP-421, a Tele style bridge pickup, and 2 noise-free DiMarzio Strat type pickups in the middle/neck positions, the DP-409 and DP-420.  The pickup outputs are perfectly matched.  The Super Trem uses a single spring mounted thru a 7/8” hole which extends from the endpin to the string block cavity, and compresses the spring instead of stretching it like the traditional method. It’s attached to the string block with a very precise hinge and feels like an old Bigsby, but sounds much better and returns in tune! Each part of the Super Trem assembly is hand machined from aircraft grade aluminum, which makes the whole assembly incredibly lightweight. Spring tension is adjusted via stainless steel hex head cap screw, which doubles as a strap button. The Super Trem is everything I always wanted a Strat to be and more!

 

NECK

25 5/16" scale length. Standard model features a Rosewood fingerboard, unless otherwise requested. Maple is also available. Neck shape is standard medium "C", unless otherwise specified. (.880”- .960”) Radius is 12" (non-compound). Nut width is 1.7". Frets are Nickel 6100. (.100"x.055"). Trussrod is double action, headstock adjustable.

COLORS

Metallic Blue

Translucent Red
Dark Cherry  w/ White binding                                                                                                                                                                                Translucent Black w Pearl binding                                                                                                                                                                                             Translucent Chocolate w Pearl Binding                                                                                                                                                                        Amber w Black binding

Black

Mary Kay (shown)