NAMM 2024: “A sonic odyssey for drop tunings”: Reverend unveils its latest Billy Corgan signature guitar – and it’s precision-engineered for aggressive drop-tuned riffage

Reverend Guitars Billy Corgan Drop Z Signature
(Image credit: Reverend Guitars)

NAMM 2024: Reverend Guitars has continued its legacy of work with Smashing Pumpkins’ mastermind Billy Corgan with the release of his latest signature guitar, the Drop Z. It takes the spec of his Z-One signature down an avenue better catered for low-tuned guitars. 

Extending the 25.5” scale length of the Z-One to 26.22” and adding an extra two frets to make 24 in total, the cheekily named Drop Z is scaled to keep string gauges nice and tight when drop-tuned. By doing so, Reverend promises a “deep and full” tone when pitched low, whilst remaining punching and clear.

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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.