The Billy Corgan Terz

January 19, 2018 12:49 PM

When Billy Corgan requested a new electric Terz guitar, I admit, we had to do some research.  Classical Terz guitars go back to the 19th century when concertos of the period often called for a standard guitar as well as a Terz tuned to a minor third: G-C-F-A#-D-G.  It sits in a classical guitar quintet between a standard guitar and an Alto guitar – similar to the way a baritone occupies the tonal space between a standard guitar and a bass.

For Corgan’s purposes, the Terz is explicitly designed for high tuning after years of capoing the third fret on many of his songs to achieve that sound. The result was the Billy Corgan Terz: a punchy, shimmering guitar that is rich in overtones perfect for adding color accents or driving rhythm parts that spice up a tune. A unique and inspiring tool for stage or studio that will add a fresh tonal texture to any composition.  Reverend Guitars is the first company to create an electric version in production.

The 21 ½” short scale neck allows this guitar be tuned high while keeping the tension regular.  The body is the same as the standard Reverend Billy Corgan Signature Model: a chambered Korina body with segmented aluminum pickguards for both a sleek look and high resonance. The body is loaded with a single Railhammer Billy Corgan Pickup.  Part of the Railhammer Humcutter Series, the pickup was developed with Corgan to capture the clarity and dynamics of a P90, but with the thick tone and low noise of a humbucker. A roasted maple neck and string-thru body bridge complete the model.

Available in Pearl and Corgan-exclusive Deep Sea Blue Burst, the Reverend Billy Corgan Signature Terz is shipping to dealers now.