Carstens Amplification and Billy Corgan unleash the 100w Grace guitar amplifier
29.11.2020

Carstens Amplification and Billy Corgan unleash the 100w Grace guitar amplifier

Words by Will Brewster

Pairing sleek looks with ear-shattering tones.

Coinciding with the recent release of The Smashing Pumpkin’s new double LP CYR, Carstens Amplification have partnered with Billy Corgan for a new limited edition run of Grace guitar amplifier heads.

Designed and hand-wired by Brian Carsten – otherwise known as Corgan’s own amp tech – and completed over the span of two years, the Grace is a 100 watt, all-tube behemoth, utilising four EL34 power amp tubes and four 12AX7 preamp tubes to output its mammoth tone.

Boasting a single channel and a simple control layout of Volume, Bass, Middle, Treble, Master Volume and Presence, the Grace provides players with a powerful high-gain option for recording and performance, with designer Brian Carsten attributing the amp’s high-gain performance to a specifically designed and hand-wound Mercury Magnetics transformer.

As per Corgan’s request, the amplifier was designed to deliver ‘an unheard-of amount of gain, high headroom and distinct tone’, and judging from the man’s own demonstration below, it seems like the Grace delivers on all fronts.

Each amplifier is fitted inside a sleek Tolex-covered chassis, and can also be purchased alongside a matching speaker cabinet. Corgan’s own signature adorns the back of each amplifier and cabinet, but be warned – there’s only 50 units being made for this run. If you’re keen to get your mitts on one, move quickly.

Find out more about the Grace over at Carstens Amplification today.