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Carstens Amplification and Billy Corgan have combined creative talents to change the guitar amplifier game.
Brian Carstens has long been working with the Smashing Pumpkins as an amplifier technician. In late 2018, Billy Corgan and Brian began discussing an amp collaboration. Billy expressed, in over 30 years of creating music, “I have never played a high gain amp that I like.” Billy’s lofty request: for Brian to make him an amp with an unheard of amount of gain, high headroom and distinct tone. Brian got to work, and the Carstens Amplification Grace amplifier was born. Billy was so blown away by the Grace that this custom project turned into the signature Billy Corgan amplifier — his first and only. To really understand why Billy Corgan calls the Grace “a game changer” and “a step forward,” take a listen.
This handmade/handwired, 100W, single channel amplifier offers a staggering amount of articulate high gain and is equipped with premium components, including specially designed, hand-wound Mercury Magnetics transformers. The result is a beautifully open and versatile high-gain overdrive with incredible note separation that cleans up when your guitar volume is rolled back.
Each Grace is completely handmade in a limited run of only 50 amplifiers. All are individually signed by Billy Corgan.
- Completely handmade/hand-wired in the U.S.A by Brian Carstens
- Custom cabinet handcrafted in the U.S.A
- Specially designed, hand-wound Mercury Magnetics transformers
- Mercury Magnetics hard-wired power cord
- Premium capacitors
- High grade vacuum tubes for low noise and peak performance
- Powder coated/silk screened, high quality aluminum chassis
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