William “Billy” Corgan is the mastermind behind The Smashing Pumpkins – a band that took over the airwaves in 1991 with the album Gish and still continues to be a major influence on the scene. Currently involved in a number of Pumpkins and non-Pumpkins related musical projects, Billy also has a hand in a number of other business ventures.
The Reverend Story
Reverend Guitars began quietly, in a garage behind a bicycle shop in East Detroit in 1997. Joe Naylor drew upon his years of study in Industrial Design, Lutherie School, and professional vintage guitar repair to create the first Reverend Guitar. It was unusual in its design, but what impressed most people was the attention to detail that Joe put into the instrument.
The brand has now grown to encompass a global presence and has garnered the attention of rock stars, working musicians, journalists, and kingmakers from all across the industry. Reverend offers many shapes and styles of guitars and basses, but the one thing that remains the same is the professional quality that’s available for everyone – whether you’re selling out amphitheaters or playing in your living room.
Currently based in Toledo, Ohio, Reverend is run by Ken and Penny Haas. All of the guitars are expertly designed by Joe Naylor, proudly manufactured in South Korea by boutique guitar manufacturer Mirr Music, and meticulously set up by our tech team – lead by Zach Green who initials each one before it goes out the door.
From the well-known to the unknown, players of all stripes are impressed because Reverend pays attention to what makes an instrument the kind of instrument players want to play. And that, by the way, is where Reverend’s attention will always lie.
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Rick Vito’s first professional gig as a young man was with duo, Delaney and Bonnie. From there, he went on to play with (among others) John Mayall, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Seeger, and Fleetwood Mac. He currently has a solo show as well as a band with Mick Fleetwood called The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band
Greg Koch is an internet sensation who is well known for his dynamic demo videos, his instructional books, and his band, the Koch-Marshall Trio. He can also be seen in the Reverend Guitars YouTube show, "The Ken and Greg Show."
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A multi-instrumentalist, Jenn Wasner is a person who continues to fascinate the listener. She is best known for her work as one half of the duo Wye Oak, where she sings, plays guitar and bass, as well as a synthesizer. All while making it look effortless. She brings the same sense of exploration to her other projects (Flock of Dimes, Dungeonesse).
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Reeves Gabrels has the unusual distinction of meeting David Bowie and forming a band with him – Tin Machine in 1989. He went on to work with Bowie in his solo career, has a successful solo career of his own with his band Reeves Gabrels and His Imaginary Friends, and is currently the lead guitar player in The Cure.