Published Jul 04, 2008Perhaps taking a break from tarnishing the reputation of the Smashing Pumpkins before launching his plotted Gish tour, Billy Corgan has set his sights on another iconic rock item for maximum capital: the Fender Stratocaster.
As part of their Artist Series, the entry will be a two-tone Stratocaster "made to Corgans exact specifications to recreate his famous mid-90s buzzsaw tone, this instrument features two Special Design DiMarzio Billy Corgan single-spaced humbucking pickups (neck and bridge) and a DiMarzio Chopper middle pickup. If you know what that means, youre stoked. If not, its simple: you can play barre chords that sound like Siamese Dream.
Corgan joins Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mark Knopfler, Eric Johnson, Yngwie Malmsteen, and many others as a guitarist to get the artist treatment from Fender.
For those who care about the specifications and read "guitar" here they are:
Finish: Satin Lacquer
Fingerboard: Maple 9.5"
Frets: 22 Jumbo Frets
Scale Length: 25.5"
Tuning Keys: Fender® Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
Bridge: Modern Hard Tail Bridge
Pickguard: 3 Ply Black/White/Black on (805) Olympic White; 3-Ply White/Black/White on (806) Black
Pickups: Special Design Dimarzio® Billy Corgan Single Spaced Humbucking Neck Pickup, Dimarzio® ChopperTM Middle Pickup, Special Design Dimarzio® Billy Corgan Single Spaced Humbucking Bridge Pickup
Position 1. Full Humbucking Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Inside Coil of Bridge Pickup and Full Humbucking Middle Pickup
Position 3. Full Humbucking Middle Pickup
Position 4. Full Humbucking Middle Pickup and Outside Coil of Neck Pickup
Position 5. Full Humbucking Neck Pickup
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1 (Neck), Tone 2 (Bridge)
The good old days