Early Smashing Pumpkins is where my heart lies. I can remember obsessing over every note of Gish and Siamese Dream-and now I'm looking at the guitar responsible for it. It's kinda like seeing the man behind the curtain-except it's everything I expected it to be.
I didn't expect to see it up for sale though.
Billy Corgan, front man of Smashing Pumpkins, is having a garage sale. The majority of his treasures (guitars, amps, acoustics, keyboards, even a pump organ) have been bought but this lovely is still available.
This Fender Stratocaster is from the private collection of Billy Corgan.
It is the guitar that defined the sound of The Smashing Pumpkins in the mid-'90s and along with it, the sound of a true historical moment in rock music.
There were two primary guitars for Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie.... The number one is referred to as the Bat Strat, which you can see in videos. This is number two, and was equally important having graced not only the album tracks, but also stages around the world.Nearly every clean guitar sound on those two albums was recorded with this guitar. Almost all of the solos on those albums were done with this guitar. The intro of 'Today,' the 'Cherub Rock' solo (which won Guitar World's best solo of the year) – that is all this guitar.
Anyone got a couple thousand I can borrow?