Jul 2 2008

Billy Corgan Signature Stratocaster Just Released

Billy Corgan White Stratocaster Fender’s Artist Series has just launched the Billy Corgan Signature Strat, joining Eric Clapton, Eric Johnson, John Mayer, Jeff Beck, Mark Knopfler, Buddy Guy, Yngwie Malmsteen and Stevie Ray Vaughan in the echelon of artists honored with their own Fender Stratocaster guitar model.

Some might say better late than never, as Billy’s career peaked about 12 years ago, but hardcore Smashing Pumpkins fans (your humble author included) will be eager to get their hands on a quality Strat that allows them to duplicate that signature high-gain Pumpkins sound. Couple it with a Marshall stack and a Fender Blender pedal, and you’ll be on your way to Pumpkin heaven.

Fender has some great detailed photos on their site, and there’s a few quick reviews on Premier Guitar and Electric Guitar Review as well.

Detailed specs include…

  • Heavy alder body
  • Modern C shape maple neck
  • DiMarzio Billy Corgan Signature single-spaced humbucking pickups (neck and bridge) and a DiMarzio Chopper middle pickup.
  • String-through hardtail bridge
  • 22 jumbo frets and a maple fretboard (9.5 radius)
  • Satin nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • Olympic White finish with black pickguard or Flat Black finish with white pickguard
  • ’70s style large headstock and logo

The list price is $1599 but if you shop around you can find it for as low as $1199.

Billy Corgan rocking out!

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