The National Guitar Museum (NGM), the first museum dedicated to the history, science, and cultural impact of the world’s most popular instrument, has announced that Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has joined the museum’s board of advisors. As an advisor to the National Guitar Museum, Iommi will add his insight and experience to the museum’s mission to promote and preserve the legacy of the guitar.

“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,” said Iommi. “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.”

“Tony is one of the most important rock guitarists to ever pick up the instrument,” stated HP Newquist, executive director of the NGM. “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 guitarists Steve Howe, Steve Vai, Johnny Winter, Liona Boyd, Ritchie Blackmore, Joe Bonamassa, Pat Kirtley and Pete Huttlinger and others on the board.

The National Guitar Museum, LLC is the first museum in the United States dedicated to the history, evolution, and cultural impact of the guitar. Its touring exhibition, “Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World”, is travelling to 20 cities over the next five years. At the completion of the tour, one city will be selected as the permanent home of the National Guitar Museum.