Reverend Billy Corgan Signature Z-One review

Featuring a chambered alder body and the Smashing Pumpkins frontman's signature Railhammer humbuckers, the Z-One is a versatile platform for high-voltage rock

Reverend Billy Corgan Signature Z-One
(Image: © Reverend Guitars)

Guitar World Verdict

The Reverend Billy Corgan Signature Z-One may be designed to rock harder than Corgan’s previous signature models, but its versatile range of tones expands its appeal beyond its aggressive midrange bridge pickup voice.


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    Playability and construction are top notch.

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    Resonant and lightweight.

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    Pickups provide a distinctive, attractive midrange voice.

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    Only two finish options.

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    No left-handed models.

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Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan started collaborating with Joe Naylor on his first Reverend signature guitar more than six years ago. The new Reverend Billy Corgan Signature Z-One is now his third signature model, preceded by the short-scale Billy Corgan Terz and original Billy Corgan Signature. 

At first glance, the Z-One looks similar to the original with its dual humbucking pickups, roasted maple neck with maple fingerboard and string-thru-body hardtail bridge, with the main differences appearing to be cosmetic. However, the Z-One is significantly different in ways that we’ll explain below.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.