Fender Billy Corgan Stratocaster Electric Guitar  

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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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  • 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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Incredibly good guitar, worth more than its price

By Bryan Roych

from Encinitas, CA

About Me Experienced


  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    It's too bad this guitar isn't in production anymore. I guess Billy Corgan isn't as famous as 15 years ago but this signature is just perfect. The build quality and the quality of the black matte finish are staggering. The neck is awesome, the fingerboard perfect. I've had several American Standard Stratocasters but this one is the best by far and feels like a very expensive custom shop model. How this guitar is out of production instead of being one of the most popular signatures of all time is beyond me.

    The pickups are great and way, way more versatile than you might think. Maybe this is the most versatile guitar I've ever played. With minor adjustments you can go from jazz to blues, to very high gain hard rock. The sustain has nothing to envy to a Les Paul.

    I'm lucky I bought one of the last ones produced in 2012. I'm still wondering how it costed slightly *less* than an American Standard, being so much better in QC, build and everything else. I guess it could revalue in time.

    The only thing I'm not in love with are the jumbo frets (I prefere medium jumbo) but it's a very small price to pay. Great, great guitar.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)



    By Mark Jurado

    from Minnesota

    I loved this guitar immediately in so many ways. The finish feels very nice to the touch, the neck is wonderful. The frets are great - I love having the jumbo frets on this because it helps so much with bending and vibrato. Sustain for miles and miles - makes sense, because this guitar is set up completely for sustain. What they've done with the pickups and the switching is such an incredible value. You can bring most any kind of grungy, hard rock, metal tones out of it - I even played this through a blues junior and it pulled very respectable buesy tones. These pickups are a little bassier compared to single coils or a HSS configuration, something you could EQ out but personally, I go with it. They have tons of output and 'punch' which makes for amazing tone through a Marshall or similar.

    This is an artist model that carries a lot of credibility because Billy actually plays this guitar on stage, night in and night out. If you look at recent clips (2008/9 and later) you'll see him switching between the white and black one, but more often than not he's playing this guitar.

    I have an American Standard which I will keep for that clean, vintagey sort of tone, but I'm going to be playing this guitar most of the time from now on.
    First the obvious. The guitar has three humbucking DiMarzio pickups - three of the quietest pickups I've ever heard on any instrument, by the way. It has custom switching that allows you to blend the pickups in some cool ways. It is a hardtail with the string-through body, and it has two string trees for better sustain. The nut is a synthetic bone. It has jumbo frets and a pale maple neck without the tint and coating that necks carry today. The body has a thinner, old-style finish, and is a heavier wood than normally found in a strat. Comes with the also seperately available Fender "vintage tweed" case.
    The fit and finish on this guitar are perfect. Just perfect. This is an American strat artist model, so this is to be expected. The fretwork is very nice, the finish on the matte black is really impressive in person. Other than that, it's the same high quality you would normally expect from a USA Fender.
    Amazing value - this can replace several different guitars with the tones you can pull out of it. The pickups and switching allow you to pull anything from really trebly scorching leads to very heavy lower tones. In particular I like what they did with the switching. All these pickups are humbucking - the 2 and 4 positions on the 5 position switch give you the full middle pickup, which is a DiMarzio Chopper, but also blends the inside or outside coil of the bridge or neck pickup, respectively. This gives you the ability to pull a wide array of tones that have a single coil kind of character to them. Compared to an American Standard strat, the pickups have significantly more output which really pushes tubes beautifully.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


    From mississippi blues to swedish death metal.

    By Nicholas Byrd

    from None of your business.

    I received this guitar a couple days ago. I purchased it from my local music store. Playing this through a mesa boogie triple rectifier i can easily go from jazz to hard rock by pickup selection and channel selection on my amp. If i crank up the gain it sounds perfect for hard rock, and if i add an overdrive i can get metal out of it. I have several guitars and this wont push that crushing metal tone like a jackson or esp with emg's but its passive and thats to be expected. You can get metal out of this though. the clean tones out of this are perfect you can get that fender strat quacky sound as well as a more crystal less quacky tone. The fourth pickup position is all blues and its amazing, its ridiculous to be able to go from acdc to stevie ray with the flip of a switch. I always wanted a guitar i could play most styles on and i have it now.
    The features on this guitar are amazing. The pickups and coil splitting lets you get any sound you could want.
    So far no problems at all. I had to adjust the intonation slightly but thats no biggie after it being in a box and shipped. Frets and nice and filed smooth, and the finish is perfect. I got the olypmic white.
    For how many guitars this thing could replace with its wide array of tones, this guitar is worth every penny and more.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Love this guitar

    By scott hamilton

    from Chicago, IL

    I was looking for an electric guitar. I have been playing acoustics for years. I sat in GC for a couple of hours playing Les Pauls. I saw this guitar in the same room and plugged it in on a whim. I immediately fell in love with the feel and the sound. So then I played a lot of other strats and kept coming back to this one. I have had it for a couple of months now and still love picking it up. This is a very nice guitar.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


    I love this guitar!

    By Mike Agosta

    from Georgia

    I had not owned a Startocaster since the 1970's. When I decided to finally buy one again, I first purchased an American Standard Strat. I immediately had issues with getting used to some things. I didnt like the tuning issues related to a floating bridge that comes with a guitar equipped with a tremelo. I didnt like the 60Hz hum or the weak output level from the standard single coil pickups. I then decided to do more research and decided that I wanted a hard tail. Further research on the pickups led me to look at the Billy Corgan model, a hard tail Strat with some very amazing Dimarzio pickups that are actually humbuckers that look like single coils. What a great decision it was to purchase this guitar.
    The pickups themselves and the sounds available from the 5 position switch are truly the feature that make this guitar great.
    Excellent American made quality.
    Well worth the extra money over the American Standard.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    Excellent guitar!

    By Michael

    from East Canton, Ohio

    I knew that when Billy Corgan put his name on a Fender guitar, it would be a great instrument. Corgan is obsessive when it comes to guitars (He used over forty different guitars to record Siamese Dream's Soma!), so I knew that a guitar built to his specifications would be perfect, for any style of play. I used to be a huge fan of the old Eric Clapton Signature Series Stratocaster, back when Fender used Gold Lace Sensors. I was also well aware that Corgan was a huge fan of Lace Sensors throughout his career. I was surprised that Corgan did not choose Lace Sensors for his own guitar, but I must say, I love the versatile tone in this guitar. I've been experimenting with all sorts of sounds and this guitar does not disappoint. I'm a huge fan of the hard tail design, with it's increased sustain and tuning stability. The finish on this guitar feels nice and looks great. I can't say enough good things about this guitar. I feel that I definitely got my money's worth. I'm going to enjoy playing this guitar for years to come. If you want versatility, great sound and a great looking Stratocaster, this is your instrument.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Great guitar!

    By Flygirl737

    from Kendall Park, NJ

    This is a great guitar! Too bad Fender doesn't make more hard tails!

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


    Just the Strat I'd been looking for

    By Greg G.

    from Des Moines, Iowa

    This is a really special strat. It is one of my favorite go-to guitars. It's super versitile. I've always loved strats, but I prefer a hardtail - which is really hard to find. I also want to be able to add some gain and distortion without all the single coil noise. With humbuckers all around, this thing will scream and sustain with my Les Paul. But amazingly, it can still sound like a strat too. The neck is super fast and I personally love the jumbo frets. My only gripe is that I'm not really a black and white guitar guy - I wish you could get this setup in some additional colors. However, it's still an cool looking guitar and the tweed case is first class. If this sounds like a combination you'd like - give one a try - you won't regret it.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


    As versitle as they come.

    By Black Sleep Guitarist

    from Pottsville, PA

    This guitar has the tonal range and capability to play everything from beutiful sparkling clean/ warm acoustic sounds to crunching powerfully dark riffs and sparkling leads. I was really impressed with how many sounds I could get out of these pickups, so many options, choices and configurations. As for sustain, I have never played a guitar with better sustain, ever. I own Gibsons, Teiscos, ESPs, and other Strats and this beast has such wonderfully capability that it is now my number one, go-to, axe.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)



    By Oldair

    from Coral Springs, FL

    I picked up the Arctic White model a couple of weeks ago and I was lucky enough to get the last one they had still in the box from Fender, when Ivan (the sales guy) took it out of the case I was instantly impressed. Fender really pulled out all the stops on this one; the tweed case is absolutely beautiful! Next came opening the case and getting my first look at the guitar that would wind up being mine, it was almost like the scene in Pulp Fiction where John Travolta opens the briefcase and he is overwhelmed at the sheer beauty of whatever was in the briefcase, everyone standing around MY Stratocaster had nothing to say, yes it was that impressive.I had played the display model for over an hour and I instantly fell in love, the tones generated by this guitar are absolutely insane. I play everything from Metal, Hard Rock, Classic Rock, and Jazz and this beautiful instrument is able to handle all styles of music. I did take it to my local music shop and had the action set and now the action and playability are smooth as silk, the maple neck is nice and wide (after the Highway One Series Strats) and having big hands and long fingers this guitar is a perfect fit for me.Back in the last 80s I had purchased an American Standard Stratocaster and even though the playability was great I always hated the sound of the single coil pickups, I even upgraded to EMG stacked humbuckers but my old Strat still did not have the bite I was looking for. This is no longer an issue with the Billy Corgan Stratocaster as the stock Dimarzio pickups sound freaking amazing, the guitar screams and snarls with killer tones. I would even go as far as to say that this Stratocaster sounds better than the Les Paul Standard I used to own a few years back (yes, the Billy Corgan Stratocaster sounds that good).

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