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Billy talks about one of the first S.P. guitars. [Oct. 20th, 2009|06:11 pm]
Billy Corgan



I bought this guitar around 1989 or 1990 because I needed a spare for playing live, and wanted an almost identical sound to go with my main one at the time which was an early 70's Strat (yellow that I hand painted). THAT guitar was the featured guitar on Gish and was probably my favourite guitar ever. It was stolen in 1992 out the back door of St. Andrews Hall in Detroit and has never resurfaced. I would still pay good $ to get that guitar back, no questions asked. So THIS guitar is the last remnant of that period of my life, and I really cherish it. It was painted ala Eric Clapton's cream era guitar by my friend crazy Nick. As you can see it's taken a bit of a beating back from a time when I used to throw my guitars around like candy. The history of this guitar is its a 1978 'bullet' Strat with the flat pickups (as opposed to the staggered pole pieces). I preferred these pickups at that time because it allowed for maximum gain by running the pickups up really close to the strings. This guitar does have some recording history of note, as it was the guitar I would use for solos as it seemed to just have more cut than the main one. So all the solos on Gish were done with this guitar. It has a vicious attack as you can hear on songs like 'Tristessa', 'I Am One', 'Rhinocerous', and 'Siva'. I'm fixing this guitar up now and I hope to use it again soon. I've started using more old-school amplification, like my 1969 Marshall Super Tremolo head (currently ailing) so guitars with this kind of cut are what I'm looking for. It makes me laugh that I'm sort of back to where I started when it comes to gain and attack. I see the BC Dimarzio pickups as more the modern application of gain, and the older type pickups as a more vintage approach to the use of gain.

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[User Picture]From: dannys_dreams
2009-10-21 09:36 am (UTC)
I guess we remember the equipment closest to us the most. I still remember all the details about my first computer. (It was a TI-99/4A, if you're curious. More later.)
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From: qingeer
2009-10-21 11:08 am (UTC)
the pictures doesn't show up
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[User Picture]From: billycorgan
2009-10-21 11:11 am (UTC)
are the photos not showing up or is it just China that can't see?
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-10-21 11:54 am (UTC)
sorry,I really don't konw the problem is,but I'm sure the picture just like you favourite guitar was gone.
I think it not because am in China cause i can see all the pictures except those p.
Buy the way did you saw a chinese face on 22 Mar at vector arena in Auckland NZ near the stage with long hair? That was me! Now am back to my country. that Amazing gig ,Cheers!
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-10-21 12:04 pm (UTC)
Mongolian face more appropriate.
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[User Picture]From: briansocialscen
2009-10-21 02:25 pm (UTC)
I've got one painted similar to that. Ahh, so that's what was used on Gish. I remember trying to get that Gish sound for months.
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[User Picture]From: tormentedartist
2009-10-21 05:44 pm (UTC)
Do you have your own model of pick ups? And what do you think of as a modern application of gain as opposed to a more vintage sound? I ask because I tend to associate your stuff with a more high gain vibe. At least the first three records and perhaps the Zwan record as well.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-10-21 09:20 pm (UTC)

Billy, (is this really you?)

You're awesome and if I find your old guitar ,that was stolen, can we hang out sometime? I was born in '68 and as you may imagine am a huge Pumpkins fan or maybe even more a Billy fan because ,I love your vocals and your lyrics . I missed you when you played here in P'cola, Fl. I pray your guitar resurfaces somewhere and is returned to you. I am so pleased too that you continue to make great songs and your not on some island sipping a tropical drink or something. Take care Billy!
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-10-21 09:40 pm (UTC)

Re: Billy, (is this really you?)

Oh ! P.S. I'm Dawn from Florida
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-10-22 12:23 am (UTC)
when i was younger i took guitar lessons because of those sounds that you created through that same guitar, so visceral and raw i still get the same feeling when i listen to that record that i did the very first time..
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From: ahtiata
2009-10-23 09:20 pm (UTC)
it's so cute it makes me wish i'd play guitar
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[User Picture]From: satellite619
2009-10-27 05:42 am (UTC)
Hey Billy. Thanks for the post. I love hearing what you have to say about the state of things, the world, culture, music, where it's all going, where we all might be headed. And I especially love when you write about things like this, the technical aspect, your own personal memories and fondness, and also where it lies in the history of The Smashing Pumpkins. What a mythology! THANKS FOR EVERYTHING.
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From: wiggin32
2009-11-02 10:53 pm (UTC)

guitars, strings and amps

Love your art with all my soul, because I saw your Soul in It.
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From: starla_whir
2009-11-22 09:36 am (UTC)

;-)

AwesOme art work - it twill return Sir Billy!!!! Once again, it tis an honour & a privilege to grow with such a meastro & mentor as yourself.

Cheers ... Starla
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-11-23 12:46 am (UTC)
oh wow that guitar is SO nice and you got SUCH great sounds outta it. i've had a many late 70s strats and they were all quite lifeless boat anchors.
now... tell us about your old jaguar please!!!
rock on,
Pat.
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From: elblogdesunne.com
2009-11-29 08:09 am (UTC)

Permission to use in my podcast

Hi billy, I wanted to ask if I can use any song from your latest album for my podcast tv series. Pardon the language, I am Spanish and I am with google translator.

Greetings and thanks for everything
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From: giliazov
2010-04-05 05:04 pm (UTC)

Re: Permission to use in my podcast

Greate job thks.
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