Summer NAMM 2008: Fender debuts the Billy Corgan Stratocaster

There was much talk of the Fender Billy Corgan Stratocaster at Winter NAMM 2008. The Smashing Pumpkins guitarist even made an appearance at the Fender booth to greet fans and sign autographs. But alas, no guitar. Now Summer NAMM 2008 is upon us, and the Billy Corgan Fender Stratocaster is a reality.

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. Available in Olympic White or black satin lacquer finishes with an alder body, maple neck, 22 jumbo frets, hard tail bridge, chrome hardware and a tweed hardshell case.

Other specs include:
Scale length: 25.50 inches
Nut width: 1.650 inches
Tuning keys: Fender Standard cast/sealed tuning machines
Bridge: modern hard tail bridge
Controls: 5-position blade, master volume, tone 1, tone 2
Strings: Fender Standard Tension ST250L nickel-plated steel (.009 - .042)

Whether you're feeling Mellon Collie or simply want to party like it's 1979, the Fender Billy Corgan Stratocaster should bring out the Cherub Rocker in you. The guitar carries a list price of $1,599.99US.

For more information, visit the official Fender website.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.