Price paid: $ 1300
Purchased from: Ebay
Sound — 10
My style of music is just about everything which is exactly why I chose this guitar. If I were to narrow it down to what I play the most it would be Grunge and Metal. I play this through a Fender G-DEC 30 and a Fender Frontman 212(yes I know they aren't great amps)and I play it through a DigiTech RP500 (multi-effects, yes I know). However I have played this through one of my friend's rig and he own a Mesa Boogie. Billy Corgan designed this thing to play everything because the Pumpkins have gone through so many music genres. I can really shred on this thing its got more metal than any other Strat I've played (I've played a dave murray Strat). The cleans can be crystal clear as if I had Lace sensors in it too. The BC-1 one has got a really nice full sound to it with a great bass edge. Lots of Pink Floyd is played on this pickup. The Chopper is the hottest pickup on the guitar and gives me the perfect Grunge distortion. Also gives a great AIC sound. The BC-2 is the brightest pickup the is great for any punk rock or sonic youth stuff. Noisy? the BC-1 give give a little extra feedback but mostly no noise. No tremolo makes it a little less versatile, but in exchange for the sustain its worth it.
Overall Impression — 10
I play anything from Zeppelin to Megadeth. I don't regret buying this guitar one bit. If stolen or lost I think I might have to get it again because it is perfect. I love the hard tail bridge much more than the tremelo. I find the 70s large headstock much more appealing than the Standard one too. I thought of buying a Gibson Flying V and Charvel San Dimas before this one but this one was the beter choice. Only thing I don't like is that its Billy Corgan's sig Strat. I usually try to avoid signature models but this guitar had it all. Thankyou Fender and Billy COrgan for making this great guitar. Sorry if my review sucked.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar easilsy will withstand live playing and stainless steel hardware wont be wearing any time soon. Strap button were good but I put a DiMarzio clip lock strap on it just like I do on all my guitars. The finish is great but with enough gigging is sure to wear(hey thats how I like it anyway). The guitars durable enough but still wouldn't gig with a backup though because I need more than one guitar for different tunings.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The action was perfect for me when I got it. A little bit low is how I like it. Pickups, bridge, hardware, and everything were in place just fine. Intonation was off though but I fixed that...
Features — 8
Let me start by saying this is my first review, but I'm not going to say 9-10 on everthing unless I truly believe it. This is Billy Corgan's signature Strat, USA made in 2008. It has 22 jumbo frets on a 25.5 scale 70s styled C-shaped maple neck. It has a soft alder body Satin Nitrocellulose Laquer. The bridge is a string-thru hard tail bridge instead of the usual Fender tremelo. The pikups are passive DiMarzio Strat pickups designed by Corgan himself. The neck is the BC-1 based of the air norton. Middle pickup is a DiMarzio Chopper. Bridge is a BC-2 bad off the tone zone. Standard Strat controls. Great Fender tuners that have never yet gone out of tune.