The National Guitar Museum has announced legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi as the latest addition to its board of advisers.
According to a statement issued on the museum’s website, “Iommi will add his insight and experience to the museum’s mission to promote and preserve the legacy of the guitar.”
The National Guitar Museum became the first museum dedicated to the history, science, and cultural impact of the guitar when it launched its touring exhibition, ‘GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World’ in 2011.The exhibit will continue traveling to twenty cities over the next five years, before one city is finally selected as the permanent home of The National GUITAR Museum.
Iommi had the following to say: “I welcome the opportunity to be part of the National Guitar Museum’s goal to highlight the history of the guitar — the instrument that has been part of my life since I was a teenager. There is so much more to the guitar than six strings and a slab of wood. Everything about it is fascinating, from how it is crafted to the legion of people who have played it.”
HP Newquist, executive director of the National Guitar Museum cited Iommi as one of heavy metal and hard rock’s most influential players: ”Tony is one of the most important rock guitarists to ever pick up the instrument. His guitar playing has defined the sound of heavy metal for more than four decades, and he has influenced countless thousands — if not millions — of players. Tony’s also had a huge affect on the instrument itself, from establishing the Gibson SG as an iconic guitar on to his own innovations in pushing the boundaries of string and pickup technology.”
Iommi joins an esteemed group of guitarists already on the museum’s board of advisors, including Steve Vai, Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow), Johnny Winter, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Howe (Yes), Liona Boyd, Pat Kirtley and Pete Huttlinger.