#1
I tried out the Billy Corgan signature strat a few years back...really dug the sound but couldn't handle the price tag. I was doing a search for used ones since they discontinued them in 2012 and came across this for much less. Seems way too good to be true...and just looks like they threw his pickups on it and copied the body. Would the differences in wood, scale, frets, etc, however small, significantly affect the sound? I'm looking for a high gain guitar that sounds unique and the BC signature seemed to fit the bill.

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Last edited by ComeUndone at Jan 25, 2014,
#2
Would the differences in wood, scale, frets, etc, however small, significantly affect the sound?


For the most part, no- most of your sound comes from your amp and effects. The pickups will be a significant ingredient as well, but the guitar itself is mainly the interface that makes it comfy for you to do 6-string wizardry.

So what you want- if you want his tone- is his amp, his pedals, and a guitar with high-output pickups of some kind.

FWIW, this is a similarly shaped guitar in your price range, and it is probably better made. Its pickups may not be as hot as Billy's though.

http://www.carvinguitars.com/guitars-in-stock/118175
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Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Jan 25, 2014,
#3
Buy a Billy Corgan prewired pickguard and slap it on whatever used strat you can afford.
#4
Th (discontinued) Godin Velocity had pretty hot singlecoils and bridge HB, and can still be found. Very nice guitars.

http://haightashburymusic.com/godin-velocity-natural-flame-rn.html?gclid=CNzHpKn3mrwCFTJp7AodhUMA5Q

And you can find them as little as $400 on the used market.
http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Store-Used-USED-GODIN-VELOCITY-NATURAL-BURST-109780313-i3596503.gc?source=4WWRWXGP&gclid=CNjDtpr3mrwCFU9p7AodWzEATg&kwid=productads-plaid%5E18283950120-sku%5E109780313@ADL1U@ADL4GC-adType%5EPLA-device%5Et-adid%5E27490280802

For that price, if the stock pups are not hot enough for your liking, you can afford to upgrade them to just about anything you want...
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#5
Another one to consider: the Fernandes Retrorocket Elite. 90% of Fernandes' models are aimed at musicians playing harder genres of music, so they tend to have higher-output pickups. The Elite also features a Sustainer.

http://www.fernandesguitars.com/retrorocket/retrorocket-elite.html

And again, used, they're a bit more affordable.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fernandes-Retrorocket-Elite-See-Thru-Blue-Electric-Guitar-with-Sustainer-/321302331872
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