Billy Corgan Signature Guitars

Billy Corgan: the name alone instantly conjures up thoughts of alt-rock anthems, grunge-infused melodies, and the kind of raw, emotive lyrics that define a generation. As the frontman for The Smashing Pumpkins, Corgan has seen it all and played it all. From intimate venues to sprawling arenas, his music has resonated with millions and left an indelible mark on the rock landscape.

And as with many legendary musicians, the instruments they play become an extension of their musical soul, coveted by fans and fellow musicians alike.

Billy Corgan is no exception. His unique playing style combined with his demand for perfection in sound has led him to collaborate with Reverend Guitars, a partnership that has given birth to some truly outstanding instruments. Each of the signature guitars designed with Corgan reflects a particular facet of his musical journey, ensuring they’re not just instruments, but stories in themselves.

1. Reverend Billy Corgan Signature

This is the guitar that started it all – the original collaboration between Billy Corgan and Reverend Guitars. A reflection of Corgan’s desire for a perfect tonal blend, this guitar is versatile, powerful, and a joy to play.

Features and Sound

The Signature, like its siblings, boasts a korina body and roasted maple neck. The Railhammer Billy Corgan Signature Pickups provide a clear and balanced tone. A treble bleed circuit ensures that the highs remain clear even when the volume is turned down. The bass contour knob is a notable feature, allowing for a wide range of tonal options, from deep and chunky to bright and snappy.

Reverend Billy Corgan Signature Specification Table

CategorySpecification
General
Brand:Reverend
Configuration:HH
Strings:6
Made in:South Korea
Series:Signature
Colors:Black Satin, White Satin, Gray Burst Satin
Left-Handed Version:No
Body
Type:Solid Body
Body Material:Korina
Bridge:Hardtail
Neck
Neck Joint:Bolt-On
Tuners:Reverend Pin-Lock
Fretboard:Roasted Maple
Neck Material:Roasted Maple
Decoration:Dots
Scale Size:25.5″
Shape:Medium Oval
Thickness:1st Fret: 0.85” (21.6mm) – 12th Fret: 0.9” (22.9mm)
Frets:22 Jumbo
Fretboard Radius:12″
Nut:Boneite
Nut Width:43mm (1.693”)
Electronics
Switch:3 Way
Knobs:Dome
Volume Controls:1
Tone Controls:2
Bridge Pickup:Billy Corgan Bridge (Humbucker / Passive)
Neck Pickup:Billy Corgan Neck (Humbucker / Passive)

2. Reverend Billy Corgan Signature Z-One

Reverend Guitars, founded in 1997, might not have the centuries-old legacy of some brands, but they’ve quickly established a name for themselves with their dedication to quality, innovation, and a certain rebellious streak – making them a perfect match for a musician like Corgan.

Distinctly Corgan

The Signature Z-One isn’t just a guitar; it’s Billy Corgan in guitar form. From its body shape to its sound, every aspect of the guitar is imbued with Corgan’s personality and musical sensibilities.

Construction and Aesthetics

The Z-One boasts a double-cutaway body with a raised center, ensuring a pronounced midrange while retaining clear highs and chunky lows. Made of korina wood, it offers a balanced, resonant tone. The brushed aluminum pickguard and signature Railhammer pickups (designed specifically for Corgan) give it a modern edge, both in looks and sound.

Sound and Playability

Equipped with the aforementioned Railhammer Billy Corgan Signature Pickups, the Z-One delivers a tight, focused sound. Its roasted maple neck allows for smooth playability, and the pin-lock tuners ensure it stays in tune, even when subjected to aggressive playing.

Reverend Billy Corgan Signature Z-One Specification Table

CategorySpecification
General
Brand:Reverend
Configuration:HH
Strings:6
Made in:South Korea
Series:Signature
Colors:Black, Gray
Left-Handed Version:No
Body
Type:Solid Body
Body Material:Alder
Bridge:Hardtail
Neck
Neck Joint:Bolt-On
Tuners:Reverend Pin-Lock
Fretboard:Roasted Maple
Neck Material:Roasted Maple
Decoration:Dots
Scale Size:25.5″
Shape:Medium Oval
Thickness:1st Fret: 0.85” (21.6mm) – 12th Fret: 0.9” (22.9mm)
Frets:22 Jumbo
Fretboard Radius:12″
Nut:Boneite
Nut Width:41mm (1.614”)
Electronics
Switch:3 Way
Knobs:Dome
Volume Controls:1
Tone Controls:2
Bridge Pickup:Billy Corgan Z-One Bridge (Humbucker / Passive)
Neck Pickup:Billy Corgan Z-One Neck (Humbucker / Passive)

3. Reverend Billy Corgan Terz

The Terz is an intriguing piece in the Corgan-Reverend lineup. It’s tuned to a higher pitch (Terz tuning is up a minor third from standard), making it perfect for adding layers to recordings or achieving a unique tone during live performances.

Construction and Tone

Similar to the Z-One in construction, the Terz features a Korina body and roasted maple neck. Its shorter 21.625″ scale length is designed specifically for the Terz tuning. With Railhammer Billy Corgan Signature Pickups, it offers a sound that’s both familiar and distinct, given its unique tuning.

Reverend Billy Corgan Terz Specification Table

CategorySpecification
General
Brand:Reverend
Configuration:H
Strings:6
Made in:South Korea
Series:Signature
Colors:White Satin
Left-Handed Version:No
Body
Type:Solid Body
Body Material:Korina
Bridge:Hardtail
Neck
Neck Joint:Bolt-On
Tuners:Reverend Pin-Lock
Fretboard:Roasted Maple
Neck Material:Roasted Maple
Decoration:Dots
Scale Size:21.5″
Shape:Medium Oval
Thickness:1st Fret: 0.85” (21.6mm) – 12th Fret: 0.9” (22.9mm)
Frets:22 Jumbo
Fretboard Radius:12″
Nut:Boneite
Nut Width:43mm (1.693”)
Electronics
Switch:0 Way
Knobs:Dome
Volume Controls:1
Tone Controls:2
Bridge Pickup:Billy Corgan Bridge (Humbucker / Passive)

Concluding Notes.

Billy Corgan’s collaboration with Reverend Guitars is more than just a business partnership. It’s a union of shared passion for music, innovation, and breaking boundaries. Each of the signature models reflects Corgan’s commitment to quality and his relentless pursuit of the perfect sound.

For fans of The Smashing Pumpkins, these guitars offer a chance to capture a slice of that iconic sound. And for every other musician out there, they present an opportunity to play an instrument that’s been crafted with heart, soul, and an undying love for rock and roll.