In a new promotional campaign for Yamaha, Jeff Schroeder of the Smashing Pumpkins participated in a series of videos entitled “I Play Yamaha”, in which noted guitarists who play Yamaha express their interest and satisfaction with the instrument.
“At a Smashing Pumpkins show, I would have to play everything from really heavy to really clean and beautiful. So finding one guitar that could cover all that sonic territory can be difficult but this guitar in particular, [the Yamaha Revstar] with its classic two Humbucker orientation that recalls a lot of other instruments but it’s versatile. There are some things about it that make my life a lot easier. It’s so much easier to get to the higher frets, the neck is a bit more modern but has a classic feel…it’s proven to be able to hold up in a bunch of different situations, musical situations. Yamaha in particular has such a high musical integrity, their pursuits in equipment development, gear development and guitar development are very much based on musical decisions.”
Jeff Schroeder was recently featured in a track by Texas noise/shoegaze/awesome trio Ringo Deathstarr, “Guilt” off of their new album Pure Mood.
Schroeder was been in the Pumpkins for almost 10 years and we are expecting a new album just around the corner! Though with the birth of Augustus Juppiter, the process of release may be held up a little bit. I can only hope it features highlights of Schroeder’s guitar work because he is really an incredible, incredible guitarist. Just look at him shred here:
Additionally, if appeased by the sound of “Guilt”, check out Ringo Deathstarr’s new album and our interview with them. Very friendly people.