Fender Billy Corgan Stratocaster Electric Guitar  

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Made to Corgan's exact specs to create his famous high-gain tone.

Fender Artist Series guitars are named for guitar legends and built to their specs. The Billy Corgan Stratocaster joins the list of esteemed artists-designed instruments on that roster. This Signature model was made to Corgan's exact specs to create his famous mid-'90s buzzsaw tone. This electric guitar features 1 special design Dimarzio Billy Corgan single-spaced humbucking pickup (neck), 1 Dimarzio Chopper pickup (middle), and 1 special design Dimarzio Billy Corgan single-spaced humbucking pickup (Bridge) to produce all the distinctive tones used by Corgan. Other unique attributes featured on this model include a maple fingerboard with a 9.5" radius, American Strat strings-through-body hard tail bridge with stainless steel saddles, original body shape with "original contour body" decal on headstock, white plastic parts, a large '70s style headstock shape with large headstock logo, and a satin nitrocellulose lacquer body finish. Comes with a vintage tweed case.

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Features
  • Model Name: Billy Corgan Stratocaster®
  • Model Number: 011-5002-(Color#)
  • Series: Artist Series
  • 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 White/Black/White
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Width at Nut: 1.6875" (43 mm)
  • Unique Features: Satin Nitrocellulose Lacquer Body Finish, White Plastic Parts, Large '70s Style Headstock Shape, Large '70s Style Headstock Logo, Original Body Shape, and "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
 
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4.0

Love him or hate him, Billy's created a beast

By succor

from Portland, OR

Comments about Fender Billy Corgan Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I received the Flat Black model just today and it was packaged beautifully inside the striking vintage tweed G&G case. Picking up the guitar for the first time gave me the distinct impression that it is lighter than my 2008 American Standard Strat. Perhaps this is due in part to the lack of tremolo hardware? Either way, the guitar felt sleek, fast, and immediately satisfying. Being a lifelong single-coil player, I didn't know what to expect from the Dimarzio's, and I was taken aback by the sheer punch that these things packed. All three pickups (especially the neck) are voiced very low-midrange, and this is confirmed by a check of the stats through Dimarzio. While this is a potentially cool attribute, I can already foresee limitations. Playing clean through my Crate V32 Palomino required a considerable decrease in the bass and mids compared to my standard settings, but after dialing in a nice tone, I found that the instrument had a definite charm. I can't say that it 'rings' like my American Standard, but the Corgan has a serious sustain and satisfying clarity through use of clean chords. The guitar unequivocally proved itself while alternating between the Crate's overdrive and a Big Muff. Wow. This Strat screams with an unprecedented clarity and a crispness that I'm hard-pressed to find on my American Standard. In fact, I spent a good amount of time doing side-by-side comparison between the two guitars, and there is little chance I'll be employing the American Standard for distortion from now on. So why can't I sell the American Standard to help pay for the pricier Corgan Signature model? Probably because I still need traditional 'glassy' and 'nasal' sound that I fell in love with when I was a kid. There is no doubt Hendrix-types will need to keep the single-coils around for when the vintage moon rises. In closing, I am entirely optimistic about the Billy Corgan Signature Strat, and I am looking forward to the possibilities it might offer. The guitar feels great in my hands, with the neck being plain, clean and pure, and the jumbo frets feeling a bit more comfortable than the medium-jumbos on my American Standard. I'll admit, I am bit hesitant about the 'boominess' of the dimarzio mid-low range and I sincerely hope it won't prove to be a limitation. You don't need to be a Pumpkins fan to appreciate this punchy Strat. It's a variation on a theme done very well.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Love him or hate him, Billy's created a beast

By succor

from Portland, OR

Comments about Fender Billy Corgan Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

As a disclaimer, this is a review of my first day with the Billy Corgan Signature Strat. I have much to say in terms of outright praise and only a small mention of reservation, thus warranting 4/5 stars. I received the Flat Black model just today and it was packaged beautifully inside the striking vintage tweed G&G case. Picking up the guitar for the first time gave me the distinct impression that it is lighter than my 2008 American Standard Strat. Perhaps this is due in part to the lack of tremolo hardware? Either way, the guitar felt sleek, fast, and immediately satisfying. Being a lifelong single-coil player, I didn't know what to expect from the Dimarzio's, and I was taken aback by the sheer punch that these things packed. All three pickups (especially the neck) are voiced very low-midrange, and this is confirmed by a check of the stats through Dimarzio. While this is a potentially cool attribute, I can already foresee limitations. Playing clean through my Crate V32 Palomino required a considerable decrease in the bass and mids compared to my standard settings, but after dialing in a nice tone, I found that the instrument had a definite charm. I can't say that it 'rings' like my American Standard, but the Corgan has a serious sustain and satisfying clarity through use of clean chords. The guitar unequivocally proved itself while alternating between the Crate's overdrive and a Big Muff. Wow. This Strat screams with an unprecedented clarity and a crispness that I'm hard-pressed to find on my American Standard. In fact, I spent a good amount of time doing side-by-side comparison between the two guitars, and there is little chance I'll be employing the American Standard for distortion from now on. So why can't I sell the American Standard to help pay for the pricier Corgan Signature model? Probably because I still need traditional 'glassy' and 'nasal' sound that I fell in love with when I was a kid. There is no doubt Hendrix-types will need to keep the single-coils around for when the vintage moon rises. In closing, I am entirely optimistic about the Billy Corgan Signature Strat, and I am looking forward to the possibilities it might offer. The guitar feels great in my hands, with the neck being plain, clean and pure, and the jumbo frets feeling a bit more comfortable than the medium-jumbos on my American Standard. I'll admit, I am bit hesitant about the 'boominess' of the dimarzio mid-low range and I sincerely hope it won't prove to be a limitation. You don't need to be a Pumpkins fan to appreciate this punchy Strat. It's a variation on a theme done very well.

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