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Billy Corgan - Fender Stratocaster - Billy Corgan Signature Model

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Billy holding up the black and white BC Signature Strats

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After 2 decades of faithful use, Billy finally got his very own signature Strat model, released in June 2008. Built with a large 70s-style headstock, to re-create his favorite Gish guitar, which was stolen. Some prototypes were used on Zeitgeist, and he uses the new model "every night" on tour.

"Made to Corgan’s exact specs to create his famous mid-’90s buzz-saw tone, this instrument features three DiMarzio® pickups (two custom for this instrument), a string-through hard-tail bridge and a satin nitrocellulose lacquer finish." Comes in black w/ white pickguard or white w/ black.
[product page (archived)] Note: as of June 2012, this product was no longer listed.

A video included with an article released shortly before the 2011 "Other Side of the Kaleidyscope" tour discusses some of his guitars, notably that he's switched out the modern, flatter necks for the 1957-style rounded necks for "faster" playing. 3 different signature model guitars (all white) were seen on that tour: one with a "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and an octopus sticker for standard-tuned songs, one with a 76 station and "BURBANK" stickers in E-flat tuning (this guitar is shown and discussed in the video mentioned above), and one with a glittery "X" and several red Devo "Energy Dome" stickers for drop-D songs.

Specs:

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 Strat)
Introduced
6/2008
Notice
Product Prices, Features, Specifications and Availability Are Subject To Change Without Notice

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