Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins is offering $20,000, no questions asked, for the safe return of his “Gish” guitar.

What makes this one guitar so special to spend 20 g’s on it? I’m sure there are going to be some people out there trying to make a replica and pass it off as his beloved and come out ahead a few thousand. Hope I didn’t give anyone any ideas… I thought of it first.

Corgan said he bought this guitar around 1989 or 1990 to use as a spare for live shows and it had an almost identical sound to go with his main one at the time.

His “Gish” was stolen in 1992 out the back door of St. Andrews Hall in Detroit and has never resurfaced. To Corgan, this guitar is the last remnant of that period in his life and he really cherishes it. He says this guitar has taken a bit of a beating because of throwing and treating them like “candy.”

This guitar does hold some recording history, as it was the guitar Corgan would use for solos because it had “more cut than the main one.” It has such a vicious attack as you can hear on songs like ‘Tristessa’, ‘I Am One’, ‘Rhinocerous’, and ‘Siva’.

If you happen to have any idea in the whereabouts this guitar could be leave a comment on The Smashing Pumpkin’s Facebook page.

  • Doug

    I actually hope he gets it back, that’d be pretty cool.

  • David

    Been missing since 1992 & only now offering a reward for it?

    Of all the things I hate in this world, & there are many, “people” who steal guitars will be amongst the first lined up against the wall & shot when I am Imperial Overlord.

  • Jake

    I’ll give it back to him, but I’m gonna need ATLEAST $30,000

  • Mills

    I hope he doesn’t get it back because he is douchebag piece of shit.

  • zobilamouche

    james iha has it, call the police…