Fender Releases Billy Corgan Signature Stratocaster
Fender took the opportunity at Summer NAMM to finally debut the eagerly awaited Billy Corgan Stratocaster, made to the exact specifications of the Smashing Pumpkins leader.
Finally, Billy Corgan of iconic 90's band Smashing Pumpkins gets the recognition he deserves as a guitarist, and gets his own signtaure guitar, part of Fender's "Artist Series". Albums such as 'Siamese Dream' and 'Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness' turned the Smashing Pumpkins into international rock stars in the early 90's, and showcased Billy Corgan's talent not just as songwriter, but as one of the most accomplished guitarists of his generation (alongside co-guitarist James Iha, also very talented).
Now, it's time for all the fans who were inspired by his style and his original guitar sounds, to have an instrument that matches his legendary status.
Made to Corgan's 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.
Get yourself a Fender Blender pedal (Billy Corgan's secret weapon) and off you go into Mellon Collie and Siamese Dream land...
- Model Name Billy Corgan Stratocaster®
- Model Number 011-5002-(Color#)
- Series Artist Series
- Colors (805) Olympic White, (806) Flat Black, (Satin Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
- Body Alder Neck Maple, Modern “C” Shape, (Satin Polyurethane Finish)
- Fingerboard Maple, 9.5” Radius (241mm)
- No. of Frets 22 Jumbo Frets
- Pickups 1 Special Design Dimarzio® Billy Corgan Single-Spaced Humbucking Pickup (Neck), 1 Dimarzio® Chopper™ Pickup (Middle), 1 Special Design Dimarzio® Billy Corgan Single-Spaced Humbucking Pickup (Bridge)
- Controls Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
- Pickup Switching 5-Position Blade:
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
- Bridge American Strat Strings-Through-Body Hard Tail Bridge with Stainless Steel Saddles
- Machine Heads Fender® Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
- Hardware Chrome
- Pickguard 3 Ply Black/White/Black on (805) Olympic White; 3-Ply White/Black/White on (806) Black
- Scale Length 25.5” (648 mm)
- Width at Nut 1.6875” (43 mm)
- Unique Features Billy Corgan Signature Pickups by DiMarzio®
- Satin Nitrocellulose Lacquer Body Finish,
- White Plastic Parts,
- Large ‘70s Style Headstock Shape,
- Large ‘70s Style Headstock Logo,
- Original Body Shape,
- “Original Contour Body” Decal on Headstock
- Strings Fender® Super Bullets® 3250L, Nickel Plated Steel, (.009 to .042), p/n 073-3250-003
- Accessories Vintage Tweed Case, Cable, Strap, Polishing Cloth
- Case Vintage Tweed Case (for Large Headstock)
- Introduced 6/2008