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Old March 22nd, 2013, 07:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Billy Corgan Fender Stratocaster Worth it?

I really have NO clue on this guitar but the price seems fair $749 NEW?
Is this a American Strat?It seems that this strat comes with a Guitar bag and not a case?
I would like to get one since they have 10 in stock but thinking that it might be a referb with that case since all the others have a hardshell case.............JT.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fender-Stand...item1e6f47f755


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I think its a Fake MIM
but BestBuy has them for less then $850 when added to the shopping cart
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Fender%2...10&strClr=true

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Old March 22nd, 2013, 11:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Corgan strat is a hardtail Highway One with hotrod dual blade pickups. I remember seeing one at Best Buy at a blowout price a year or so ago and passed on it although it was a bit appealing. The list price is silly, but for 850 it's not a bad deal if you want the hot pickups that are on it.

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Old March 22nd, 2013, 11:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Read somewhere Billy Corgan used a AVRI 57 Strat mostly.
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The Billy Corgan is also the only hardtail Fender has been making in recent years...
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 12:34 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The Billy Corgan is also the only hardtail Fender has been making in recent years...
The Robert Cray strat is a hardtail, as is the Wayne Kramer replica. Both of these are MIM guitars. (There is also a custom shop Cray I think.) But yeah, the Corgan is the only "medium" priced strat hardtail.

I know this because a hardtail strat is on my "bucket list" somewhere...

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Old March 23rd, 2013, 01:34 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Read somewhere Billy Corgan used a AVRI 57 Strat mostly.
He did on Gish and Siamese Dream, but I believe the p'ups were switched out for some sort of high-powered DiMarzio's. Or, was it Lace Sensors???
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 01:41 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Here is the Strat in question:



Looks like he had late '60s/early '70s Strat, as well:

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Old March 23rd, 2013, 09:38 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Here's a gear run down interview with Billy. He goes through some of his guitars around the 9 minute mark.

http://youtu.be/_eVH5vUR8u8
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 09:49 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I tried one out last year and liked .The nitro finish isnt very well applied .I thinks its basically Highway 1 .It sounded good, the Dimarzios were hot but still stratty .In fact I would mind a set in my project strat .When I was noodling in the store a couple of people seemed to like how it sounded and stood around listening and chatted to me .I was playing sort of bluesy Mark Knofler noodlings,finger style , so there is more than just a hot strat in the tone .I was playing through a Cube .It has Jumbo frets which isnt my first choice .I also played an American Special . Not sure which one I preferred .
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The Robert Cray strat is a hardtail, as is the Wayne Kramer replica. Both of these are MIM guitars. (There is also a custom shop Cray I think.) But yeah, the Corgan is the only "medium" priced strat hardtail.

I know this because a hardtail strat is on my "bucket list" somewhere...

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Doh, remind not to post on Friday nights after happy hour.
But that's when it's the most fun to post unless you bring a hot woman home with you No problem--hardtail strats are all but invisible these days, and someday I shall own one although I LOVE my EJ strat with the trem decked and 5 springs. I've been decking/blocking strat trems since my first one in 1968.

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Old March 23rd, 2013, 01:51 PM   #12 (permalink)
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When I clicked the E-Bay link went to an American Standard with Billy Corgan pickups. It also has a trem. Not sure if this was the guitar you were looking at
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I thought when the BC gtr came out it was USA

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I thought when the BC gtr came out it was USA

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The official Corgan model is USA made--it is like a hardtail Highway One with the hot pickups, a 70's headstock, and the Dimarzio pickup set. List price was $1499 which IMO was a bit high, but I remember seeing one on a blowout sale for $800ish, and someone mentioned one at Best Buy for about the same price currently.

When people say "Billy Corgan" on in their Ebay descriptions, this doesn't indicated an actual BC model Fender.

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But that's when it's the most fun to post unless you bring a hot woman home with you No problem--hardtail strats are all but invisible these days, and someday I shall own one although I LOVE my EJ strat with the trem decked and 5 springs. I've been decking/blocking strat trems since my first one in 1968.

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