The limited-edition Yamaha LJ16BC puts Billy Corgan's personally modded stage acoustic into the hands of adoring guitarists everywhere. It all begins with Yamaha's comfortable LJ16 medium-jumbo body design: a rich Indian rosewood shell with a tone-tweaked, vintage-voiced Engelmann spruce top. A special passive pickup and Billy's choice of mid-forward enhancements (TUSQ nut and saddle, brass bridge pins) really help this guitar cut through in a live environment. Meanwhile, signature appointments like the Zero headstock logo and autograph soundhole label are sure to make this instrument a hit with fans and collectors.
The Billy Corgan LJ16BC Signature acoustic is comfortable to play standing or seated, which is essential in an instrument that's both a songwriting and performance tool. Modified non-scalloped bracing delivers crisp projection and deep bass.
Solid rosewood back and sides
The handmade Billy Corgan LJ16BC is tonally balanced across the spectrum, thanks to back and sides made of solid Indian rosewood — a wood that's more sustainable and less susceptible to cracking on the road than its Brazilian counterpart.
Solid spruce top with A.R.E. aging
Billy Corgan has a soft spot for old guitars. Yamaha's Acoustic Resonance Enhancement reforming technology causes the LJ16BC's Engelmann spruce top to look and respond more like a vintage instrument. Precise control of heat, humidity, and pressure prematurely age the wood for a mature sound.
Corgan's personal touches
Today you can catch Corgan performing classics like "Landslide" and "Spaceboy" on his own signature LJ16BC. This guitar builds off Billy's personal touches to create an instrument that plays like it came straight from the custom shop:
- The TUSQ nut and saddle are touring-artist durable and harmonically rich
- Brass bridge pins enhance upper-midrange cut
- Gotoh open-gear tuners and a Zero headstock logo create a signature look
- A voice-tailored spruce top delivers that vintage sound with enhanced low-mid detail
SRT Zero Impact passive piezo pickup
Six undersaddle elements give the LJ16BC's passive pickup a balanced representation of each string direct into an amp or soundboard. No onboard controls means no battery to replace — just plug in and play, night after night.