Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan to sell instruments via Reverb



Ready to grab the chance to own a piece of alternative rock history? Today, Reverb, the largest online marketplace dedicated to buying and selling new, used and vintage musical instruments, announced the launch of an online store in partnership with the Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan enabling fans, musicians and collectors to acquire musical material used throughout the musician’s remarkable career, including projects like Mélan Collie and Infinite Sadness, siamese dream, and Gish.

Reverb has announced that the official Billy Corgan Reverb store will go live on Wednesday, September 29 and feature more than 100 music items used on albums and tours throughout the career of the Smashing Pumpkins frontman. Parts to acquire include guitars, synthesizers, amps, guitar pedals and more from his albums and tours with The Smashing Pumpkins and Zwan.

While the Reverb store won’t go live until next week, the auction store does have pictures of the parts for purchase. This will give people the option to browse the listed items that they may want in advance. According to a spokesperson for Reverb, the opening of these stores turns into a mad rush.

“Over the years, Reverb has offered fans the ability to connect with their favorite artists by giving them the chance to own iconic pieces used to create their favorite songs and albums,” said Reverb’s Lauren Tolliver.

Additional parts that will be available for purchase include a pair of Kurzweil K2500 synthesizers that were used to produce Love and the Machine albums (Machine/Machines of God and Machine II/Friends and enemies of modern music). They also used the synths on tour to support Mélan Collie and Infinite Sadness, Love, and the Machine albums. Other music items in the store will include:

  • Two gold-tone Marshall JMP-1 preamps. “These vintage pieces are straight out of the 90s and have been used in the studio and on tour to support siamese dream and Mélan Collie and Infinite Sadness“said Corgan.
  • Three 1980s ADA MP-1 preamps, two of which were used on the Smashing Pumpkins debut album Gish. “I would throw it in a Marshall head.” It was my main sound from 89 or 90 to 92, ”Corgan said.
  • A 1960 Drawmer stereo compressor was the main compressor in Corgan’s home studio. “I have used it on all my home demos, from Mélan Collie and Infinite Sadness to the Machine albums, ”he said.
  • A Sequential Circuit Prophet 10 synthesizer that was featured on Love and the Machine albums, as well as CYR’s recent album, according to Corgan.
  • Ten guitars, including a 1976 Fender Stratocaster Sunburst, a custom-made Yamaha SA2200 for Corgan, a Harmony Rocket used on the Oceania album and tour, and a 12-string Taylor 855 used both in the studio and live for songs from the Machine albums.
1976 Sunburst Fender Stratocaster is one of the items for sale in the Official Billy Corgan Reverb Store. Image courtesy of Reverb

This is the second time Corgan has collaborated with Reverb to bring material from his personal collection into the hands of fans through his official Reverb store. Corgan is part of a growing company of artists who have united with Reverb, including Tom DeLonge, Dweezil Zappa, Sonic Youth and others.

Reverb wants potential buyers to recognize Corgan defined and set all prices and not auctioneers. Reverb sales support the Reverb Gives program, which provides music programs for young people around the world with the instruments they need to create music.

Tolliver, along with the rest of the Reverb team, can’t wait to see what hands Corgan’s instruments end up in. “With The Official Billy Corgan Reverb Shop, we’ll see several influential instruments handed down, and we’re excited to see and hear their next chapter.”

Visit the official Billy Corgan Reverb store and sign up to be notified when the store goes live on September 29th.


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