Smashing! Billy Corgan Guitar En Route

 

 

Dig it — “both a Strat
articulation and enough low-end heavy metal sound”…

By
Blurt Staff

 


First
we bring you news about the Stevie Ray Vaughan miniature Stratocaster. Now we’ve
got the scoop on Fender’s new Billy Corgan Stratocaster — and this one is
freakin’ full-sized, just right for your inner Smashing Pumpkins shredder. Read
on….

 

Produced to Corgan’s exacting
specifications.  The new Billy Corgan Stratocaster is an especially modern
take on the iconic Fender Strat® model, built especially for a
high-gain sound and designed to create Corgan’s signature mid-’90s buzz saw
tone.Fresh off the success of 2007’s critically-acclaimed and gold-certified Zeitgeist album and massive world tour, Corgan teamed with Fender to create the guitar
he’s always dreamed of.  The guitar features three DiMarzio pickups (two
of which are custom-wound for the instrument), a string-through hard-tail
bridge, jumbo frets, a satin nitrocellulose lacquer finish and a vintage tweed
case.  It is offered in an Olympic White finish, with a black pickguard or
Black finish with a white pickguard, reflective of Corgan’s signature style.

 

“The versatility of this instrument is what
impresses me and is why I’m really excited about this model,” Corgan said. “This
guitar has both a Strat articulation and enough low-end heavy metal sound to
get the ‘Sabbath’ out of the guitar I want.  My greatest go-to guitar got
stolen at a Pumpkins club date in 1991, and I’ve always struggled since then to
find a guitar that was my guitar.  I’m really pleased with
this model’s versatility, which I need because I’m playing music from a 17-year
period of the Pumpkins’ history—from spacey early stuff to grunge to all-out
cyber metal, then back to ballads.”

 

“Billy owns a lot of vintage Strat guitars, but
he was looking for a primary ‘go-to guitar,’ said Justin Norvell, Fender
marketing director for electric guitars.  “Billy was very hands-on. We
were bringing prototypes into the studio and rehearsal space while they were
tracking the record, and did the fine-tuning on the specs while they were out
on tour. Playing live and in the studio are two completely different things, so
Billy wanted to be sure it met his needs in both arenas, so we worked together
to make sure it was perfect.”

 

Perfect,
we are sure of it.

 

 

 

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