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Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan teams up with Carstens Amplification for “game-changer” signature amp

Smashing Pumpkins’ 11th studio album, Cyr, is released today, but that’s not the only new Pumpkins product on tap.

Carstens Amplification has unveiled the Grace, a brand-new signature guitar amp for head Pumpkin Billy Corgan.

Built by Brian Carstens, a longtime amp technician for the band, the aim with the Grace was to design an amplifier with an “unheard of amount of gain, high headroom and distinct tone.”

The hand-wired 100-watt single channel head features four EL34 power amp tubes and four 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section.

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Carstens Amplification Grace Billy Corgan Signature

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Carstens Amplification Grace Billy Corgan Signature

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Carstens has designed a signature amp for Billy Corgan

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Carstens has designed a signature amp for Billy Corgan

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Front panel controls are volume, bass, middle, treble, master volume and presence, and there’s also specially designed hand-wound Mercury Magnetics transformers, premium capacitors and a Mercury Magnetics hard-wired power cord.

The Grace boasts a powder coated/silk screened, high-quality aluminum chassis and is available in a choice of black, red or cream vinyl for $3,499.

Only 50 will be produced, with each amp signed by Corgan. 

For more information on the amp Billy has called a “game-changer,” head to Carstens Amplification.

Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.