The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan has announced he’ll be selling gear used to create some of the band's greatest hits in an auction with more than 150 listings next month.
The collection includes vintage Gibsons, pre-CBS Fender Stratocasters, and even the 1950’s accordion used on the band’s track 'We Only Come Out at Night'.
Billy Corgan's #2 Stratocaster used on Siamese Dream
Other notable highlights include Corgan’s #2 Stratocaster used during the recording of Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness; a modified 1990’s Les Paul Special used during the Machina recording and tour; an Alessis drum machine used for the loops on '1979' and another featured in early Smashing Pumpkins’ demos, and the Crate combo amps used to generate the distortion sounds on Machina.
One of three Les Paul Specials used on Machina
There’s also a Sonic Blue Fender Subsonic Stratocaster signed, “This is what true freedom looks like. Billy Corgan”, one of the few items in the auction signed by the bandleader.
The original HR-16 drum machine used to demo early Pumpkins material
The Alesis SR-16 drum machine used on Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
A Fernandes Jaguar copy used as the main guitar on the 'Adore' tour (1998)
The Official Billy Corgan Reverb Shop auction will take place on Wednesday August 16, with more information at Reverb's website.