Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan is a bit of a character at the best of times and now he has gone on record stating that, “paint colour actually changes the sound of a guitar”. Er, what was that, now?
Yes, you read that correctly, Billy Corgan believes that white guitars sound better and that he can tell the differences between different paint jobs. Too much Big Muff at high volumes perhaps? In the short YouTube video below, you can hear Mr William Corgan go over his current Reverend Signature BC1 model guitar, which he claims sounds better in white. He admits that, “people think I’m a bit goofy” for saying it, but that’s his opinion…
In the video he also mentions his old 70s Fender hardtail Strat loaded with his signature DiMarzio pickup set. That’s blue, covered in stickers and ‘really heavy’ (tuned down to Eb). He states that sounds great live for all the old Pumpkins stuff.
White is better…?
Weirdly enough, I own one of the old (now discontinued) Fender Billy Corgan Signature Stratocasters and it is a white one. I did own the black one as well (yes, I had two at once), but I sold it as the white one sounded better… Spooky!
So either I’m in league with Billy Corgan and we just know what sounds best, or (as I suspect) we’ve both played through too many loud cranked amps with Big Muff pedals in front of them and are therefore suffering from tinnitus.
You can watch the Guitar Center video below. Unfortunately, Billy doesn’t play much of anything at all in it, so we will just have to take his word on the subject…