Railhammer Billy Corgan Signature Pickup

Railhammer introduces the new Billy Corgan signature pickup, a modded P90 style pickup without the hum.

Railhammer Billy Corgan Signature Pickup

This new pickup is part of the company's new Humcutter Series, where traditional tones are reproduced without the noise issues that they are plagued with. This one is crafted to meet the musical needs of the Smashing Pumpkins' frontman and guitarist.

Being a signature model, this pickup is co-designed by Billy Corgan himself and it was featured on his recently released signature guitar from Reverend. With this pickup released, you can now have Corgan approved tones on your preferred humbucker equipped guitar.

According to the press release, "This design combines the clarity and articulation of a P90, with the thick tone and low noise of a humbucker". It is described by Billy as having a subtle midrange bump that adds extra weight and punch to each note much like having a wah cocked into its sweet spot. Even with heavy distortion or fuzz, the pickup allows your articulation and dynamics to still shine through.

Since it is using Railhammer's patent pending hybrid rail and large pole design, the wound strings are captured by a thin rail that results in tighter and cleaner tones. This makes the Billy Corgan Signature Pickup work well with both regular and detuned guitars.

Railhammer Billy Corgan Signature Pickup

The other half of the pickup features large poles that capture a wider section of the thinner plain strings, resulting in fatter and thicker high notes. The official description adds, "This allows players to dial in a tight clear tone on the wound strings without the plain strings sounding thin or sterile. The result is improved clarity and tonal balance across all the strings."

Another important feature of this pickup is its efficient magnetic structure that improves sustain, harmonic content and touch sensitivity. There's also no moving parts used to ensure noiseless operation and reliability. Joe Naylor of Railhammer designed the magnetic field in such a way that deadspots when bending are prevented, a common problem with traditional singlecoil and P90 pickups.

Other features include universal spacing, German silver cover and brass baseplate. The pickup has a four-conductor wiring with independent ground for custom wiring such as phase, series/parallel, and more. Also the rails are height tapered to ensure consistent volume across the strings.

Hear the pickups in action as part of the Reverend Billy Corgan Signature Guitar below:

The Railhammer Billy Corgan Signature Pickup is available in either black or chrome finish. Pricing information and other details will soon be available. Visit Railhammer to learn more about this new pickup.

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I would buy them

If Fender sold a new Billy Corgan signature guitar with those pickups in chrome in H-H configuration, I would buy one.

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