“People romanticize the old sound, but you want your sound brought into the 21st century”: Billy Corgan reveals how Tony Iommi inspired his approach to signature gear

Billy Corgan & Tony Iommi
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In a new interview revisiting his Reverend Z-One signature guitar, Billy Corgan says he took advice from Tony Iommi about the value of bringing a romanticized guitar tone into the 21st century.

The Smashing Pumpkins star was dissecting the latest version of his signature with Reverend Guitars’ founder and CEO, Joe Naylor, on the YouTube channel for Chicago Music Exchange. Having initially not understood Iommi’s struggle, the Sabbath man’s words aged like a fine wine.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.