Modified left-handed Jaguar that Cobain found secondhand and came to prize sh... more
Modified left-handed Jaguar that Cobain found secondhand and came to prize shortly after the recording of massive 1991 album Nevermind.
Kurt once quoted "I own a '66 Jaguar. That's the guitar I polish, and baby - ... more
Kurt once quoted "I own a '66 Jaguar. That's the guitar I polish, and baby - I refuse to let anyone touch it when I jump into the crowd."
Kurt Cobain has use this guitar in the videos : -Smells like teen spirit (4:... more
Kurt Cobain has use this guitar in the videos : -Smells like teen spirit (4:38) -In Bloom(5:00) He has use this guitar sometimes in the concerts . This guitar has got 2 Seymour Duncan .
Kurt Cobain has used this fender mustang in the "in utero tour" . This guita... more
Kurt Cobain has used this fender mustang in the "in utero tour" . This guitar has modified by Scott Zimmerman under the requirments of Kurt Cobain . This is the mustang beginnings to the modification of the humbucker ( this guitar has got a humbucker DiMarzio and after she has got a humbucker Seymour Duncan ) .
This guitar was lend a kurt cobain by Sonic Youth (Lee Ronaldo) to join mudho... more
This guitar was lend a kurt cobain by Sonic Youth (Lee Ronaldo) to join mudhoney in the piece "The money will roll right in ". This guitar was stolen from Sonic Youth in 1999 and returned (refinished) in 2005.
This is a fender mustang broken by kurt cobain This is the guitar that you c... more
This is a fender mustang broken by kurt cobain This is the guitar that you can see in the video of the version altenative to "in bloom". " (YouTube) She had only a black humbucker. She may have was built by kurt cobain (fender kit) but the neck is blue like that of the fender mustang competition sonic blue. Kurt cobain a loved touours fender mustang but also break them...
Fender Mustang "Fiesta Red". 1 humbucker. Kurt received this guitar right bef... more
Fender Mustang "Fiesta Red". 1 humbucker. Kurt received this guitar right before the first show at Roseland Ballroom on 27 July 1993 the Guitar was First with the dark red pickguard and two single white, late guitar technician of the band, Ernie Bailey, replaced the pickguard to pearl white, singles, black humbucker.
May have just been used for this shoot but others, including techs have said ... more
May have just been used for this shoot but others, including techs have said to have seen Kurt use an Ibanez Les Paul here and there; maybe even in the recording of In Utero
At 1:29 in this video, Kurt has been seeing playing with a black Fernandes St... more
At 1:29 in this video, Kurt has been seeing playing with a black Fernandes Strat, wich seems to be a copy of his Fender "Vandalism" Guitar
This was Kurt’s first left-handed Fender Stratocaster. It was Japanese-made, ... more
This was Kurt’s first left-handed Fender Stratocaster. It was Japanese-made, and he probably picked it up in the UK – as the first time he ever played it was at Goldwyn’s Suite, Birmingham in October 1990. The guitar was finished in white and featured rosewood neck. It had two single-coils and an angled humbucker in the bridge presumably installed by Kurt.
He also added a “K” sticker behind the bridge as a reference to an independent record label in Olympia, Washington. He had the same design tattooed on his left hand.
The guitar made it into 1991, but it is unclear what exactly happened to it.
Sorry About The Fact I Dont Have Video Proof But He Destroyed This Strat So M... more
Sorry About The Fact I Dont Have Video Proof But He Destroyed This Strat So Much That His Fretboard bent but other than that. this guitar wasnt used very much
[NOT THE BLUE COURTNEY TELE] 1993 Fender Telecaster Custom Kurt's las... more
[NOT THE BLUE COURTNEY TELE]
1993 Fender Telecaster Custom
Kurt's last favorite guitar was sold to a private buyer by rockstarsguitars.com
Note that on the photographs of Kurt playing the guitar the pickups are different. This is because Earnie had modified the guitar. See quotes below.
"This is the guitar that Kurt wrote his music on and carried with him for months from bus to hotel room to airline toward the end of his career. This guitar was not exclusively used for live performance but more for writing and never left his side. It was used from late 1993 until his death in 1994. It is featured on the cover of the book "Nirvana" and on pages 116-123. There are distinguishable markings on the body that can be matched up perfectly with these photos. It also comes with original prints of Kurt playing this guitar and a notarized detailed letter from a crew member. The pickups, bridge, and tuners were changed at one point, as this was a common practice with Kurt's guitars. This was done by Earnie Bailey, Kurt's guitar tech. This comes with a letter from Earnie detailing the complete modifications done to this guitar. Earnie also supplied the original receipt for the bridge pickup and a letter from Gibson for the neck pickup that he installed, and has signed photos of this guitar ensuring the authenticity of the instrument. And it still has four of the original strings on the guitar."
"Sent to Kurt by Fender in early 1994 . Japanese made. "Fender sent this out for the In Utero tour to replace the blue one. Stock pickups were very shrill. After Kurt's coma in Rome, I thought modifying this guitar would make it a workhorse and get him away from the Mustang-Jaguar image. Hopefully get him perked up. I put on new tuners (Gotoh's - his favorite). A Tele bridge from Stew-Mac with a humbucker cut-out and individual saddles for each string. In the bridge, I put a Duncan JB - black, and in the neck, a new Gibson PAF, potted with a Chrome cover. He got this back 2 weeks before he died, and said it was his new favorite. He used it for the home recordings he was making with Pat and Eric Erlanderson in March 1994 in Kurt's basement. "
In this photo, Kurt playing a Gibson copy Greco SG. more
In this photo, Kurt playing a Gibson copy Greco SG.
Kurt used a 1965 Jaquar during the Nevermind tour and In Utero tour. He got t... more
Kurt used a 1965 Jaquar during the Nevermind tour and In Utero tour. He got this guitar with a Dimarzio PAF and a Dimarzio Super Disstorsion already in the guitar. But later he would put a tuneomatic bridge in the guitar, you can see this guitar throughout the video.
"Near the end he began inquiring about metal neck guitars, after borrowing St... more
"Near the end he began inquiring about metal neck guitars, after borrowing Steve Albini’s Veleno for several tracks on In Utero, and his being a fan of the Jesus Lizard and Duane Dennison’s extensive use of a Travis Bean."
The guitar owned by Steve Albini and used by Kurt to record Very Ape for the In Utero album Veleno aluminum guitar. This Veleno was refurbished by Kevin at Electrical Guitar Company in 2015. Kevin re-chromed the guitar, re-fretted, replcaed the tuners, and replaced the pickups with EGC pickups. He fabricated new pickup covers to fit them in the cutouts. He also did quite a bit of work on the electronics.
"'Kurt called me from the backstage of Saturday Night Live when Nirvana was ... more
"'Kurt called me from the backstage of Saturday Night Live when Nirvana was doing the show,' Ferrington narrates. 'We talked for a long time about what he wanted. Basically, he loved Fender Mustangs, but he also hated them because you couldn't tune them. And it's hard to raise the action. He thought you could improve on it. He essentially wanted a more sophisticated Fender Mustang. So we talked about the features he wanted. Then the band went to Australia, Kurt faxed me over a little drawing that he'd done, with the pickup placements and other little notes.' The instrument Ferrington built is depicted in his book. In body shape and headstock, it's closely modeled on a Fender Mustang, but it has a Gibson-style Tune-O-Matic bridge and three Bartolini pickups. The bridge pickup is a humbucker, while the neck and middle pickups are single coils. The middle pickup is angled. The bridge pickup, Ferrington further explains, 'has a coil tap, so you can get series, parallel, and single coil. Kurt said he wanted a lot of switch options.'" Danny Ferrington
The guitar was also used at The Point Theatre, Dublin Ireland in 1992.
As Kurt's technician explains how and when he bought Kurt these guitars. more
As Kurt's technician explains how and when he bought Kurt these guitars.
Here you can see throughout this preformance, Kurt playing one of his favouri... more
Here you can see throughout this preformance, Kurt playing one of his favourites, his 1965 Jaguar. Of course, this Jaguar, for it's time, was pretty unique... Having 2 humbuckers installed, an extra volume knob, TOM bridge and more, and to top it off, a small headstock, short scale neck, with binding and unusal logo, which still remains a mystery to this day!
Kurt Cobain can be seen using Kay Archtop 6868 through out 'Come As You Are' ... more
Kurt Cobain can be seen using Kay Archtop 6868 through out 'Come As You Are' music video.
this guitar was famous for being used in the smells like teen spirit video bu... more
this guitar was famous for being used in the smells like teen spirit video but that wasnt the first time i was seen it was first used in the beehive music and video store https://youtu.be/WsGcbpd7Nl8 he used it in breed at 8:00 and floyd the barber at 11:01 in the video he avoids using this in big concerts because mustangs is kurt's favorite guitar and this guitar is the 2nd mustang he owned.Now lets go to the specs:there are 2 single coil pickups,gotoh tune-o-matic bridge,and the color is lake placid blue with a matching headstock.
Kurt Cobain famously used a Fender Competition Green Mustang guitar in the Sm... more
Kurt Cobain famously used a Fender Competition Green Mustang guitar in the Smells Like Teen Spirit music video.
His main preamp was a Mesa Boogie Studio .22, these were run into Crown Power... more
His main preamp was a Mesa Boogie Studio .22, these were run into Crown Power Base 2 power amplifiers. Kurt used these to drive anything from a single stack to four 8x12 stacks (depending on the size of the venue). To get Kurt's tones you're going to at least need a closed back 4x12 cab, anything less and you just won't get the required air movement and low end thump. The preamp was set fairly clean, this allowed Kurt to use his distortion boxes to generate all of his signature aggressive distortion tones.
This Marshall JMP 50 was used by Kurt Cobain on Nirvana’s last recording sess... more
This Marshall JMP 50 was used by Kurt Cobain on Nirvana’s last recording session, January 28-30 1994 while recording “You Know You’re Right”. This amp is very well documented in interviews and comes with a letter from Robert Lang Studios where this session was recorded.
Kurt played a left-handed Mosrite a lot. He had a Mesa Boogie amp, and we ren... more
Kurt played a left-handed Mosrite a lot. He had a Mesa Boogie amp, and we rented a Fender Bassman, a Vox AC3O and a Marshall stack which we didn't really use.
(from the website) "A detailed gear diagram of Kurt Cobain's stage setup that... more
(from the website) "A detailed gear diagram of Kurt Cobain's stage setup that traces the signal flow of the equipment in his 1993 Nirvana "In Utero" tour guitar rig. This rig was compiled from extensive research culled from numerous concert photos, live footage, and old magazine interviews (both with Kurt and guitar tech, Earnie Bailey). This 1993 "In Utero" rig diagram by GuitarGeek.Com was originally commissioned for the May 2014 "Nirvana" issue of Total Guitar (UK)."
Recording of 'In Utero' "In Utero" was recorded at Pachyderm Studios in Mi... more
Recording of 'In Utero'
"In Utero" was recorded at Pachyderm Studios in Minnesota with producer Steve Albini (25). As for guitars, Kurt used his Fender Jaguar (57) and possibly the Ibanez Les Paul mentioned in the "Guitars, Miscellaneous" section. The Stella acoustic, after it was fixed-up with new tuners and strings, was used for the acoustics on the album (41)(57).
Kurt's Fender Twin Reverb was the main amp used (57).
A Vox AC30 was used on Nirvana's "Nevermind" album. more
A Vox AC30 was used on Nirvana's "Nevermind" album.