Photos have surfaced online on the band’s Instagram page that show them playing three new guitars. And none has a logo on the headstock. We can’t help ourselves: Who made these mysterious new instruments? Yamaha? Or perhaps Reverend Guitars?
James Iha and Jeff Schroeder have been spotted playing three as yet unidentified singlecuts on the band’s Summer Tour 2019. Check out the Instagram post below: You can see James Iha of the Pumpkins performing live, playing an electric guitar with no name on the headstock. He’s using an EBow to coax some ethereal sounds from this mystery guitar.
If I was a betting man I would say that it is either a Yamaha or a Reverend Guitars model. Why Reverend? Because band-mate has a signature Reverend model. So it wouldn’t be a big stretch, as there is a connection between Reverend and the band already in place.
Yamaha or Reverend Guitars?
But over and above the Reverend Guitars connection, the band’s backline on this reunion tour is full of Yamaha and Line 6 gear. Could Yamaha be the source for these mystery guitars? We have no idea. But either way, I reckon we may well see an announcement at Winter NAMM 2020.
If you scour the web you will find plenty of images of both Jeff and James playing these new mystery guitars on tour. It makes sense for artists to road-test any instrument before they put their name on the headstock, so I think we will see some new signature models very soon. What do you think? Are we about to see some new Pumpkins Signature guitars? Are they Reverend or Yamaha? Or something else entirely? Let the speculation begin!