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Kurt Cobain - Nivrana's frontman and guitar player went down in history as an alternative rock god. Based on our research and eyewitness reports, let's take a look at Cobain's guitar gear he used live.

Kurt playing guitar

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Guitars

News: In 2011 Fender began producing a Kurt Cobain signature Jaguar, modeled after his '65 guitar

Fender Kurt Cobain Signature Jaguar Electric Guitar

 

Cobain's most used guitars:

1965 Fender Jaguar electric guitar

  • Left handed model
  • Dimarzio pickup in neck position and Dimarzio super distortion in bridge position
  • Later switched to Seymour Duncan JB
  • Schaller Bridge

Fender American Vintage '65 Jaguar Electric Guitar

1969 Fender Mustang electric guitar

  • Blue with racing stripes
  • Lefthanded

Fender makes a Kurt Cobain signature version:

Fender Kurt Cobain Signature Mustang Electric Guitar Lake Placid Blue w/Stripe


1990's Fender Stratocaster Standard electric guitar

  • Various Japanese models
  • Usually used for smashing at end of Nirvana's show


Fender 2012 American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard - Sunburst

 

Variety of Fender Telecasters

  • 1993 Fender Telecaster (Gibson pickup in neck. Sunburst)

 

Other Guitars

  • Mark IV-style Mosrite Gospel guitar  (bought by Kurt in 1990)
  • Epiphone et-270
  • Univox Hi-Flier
  • Martin D-18E

 Martin D-18E Retro Series Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

 

 

Strings and Picks

Kurt was known to use Dean Markley strings, gauge .10-.52.

Dean Markley 2504 LTHB NickelSteel Electric Guitar Strings

He used Dunlop Tortex Standard picks, orange color.

Dunlop Tortex Standard Guitar Picks

 

Acoustics

- Stella 12-string (Polly recording)

- Epiphone Texan (unplugged recordings)

- Martin D-18E (electric/acoustic version of D-18)

Martin D-18E Retro Series Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

 

 

Guitar cabinets

- Marshall 1960A Slant Cabinet - 4x12

- Marshall 1960AC Vintage Cabinet - 4x12

Marshall 1960A or 1960B 300W 4x12 Guitar Extension Cabinet


Two to eight Marshall cabs were used depending on the size of the live venue. The cabinets were loaded with either Celestion 12" G12M Greenback Speakers

Celestion G12M-25 Greenback 12

 OR

Celestion 12" Vintage 30 Speakers

Celestion Vintage 30 60W 12inch Guitar Speaker

 

Amps

- Crest 4801 power amps

- Crown Power Base 2 Power Amplifier

- Mesa/Boogie Studio .22 Preamp

- Mesa Boogie Mark III head

- Fender Bassman

Fender Vintage Reissue '59 Bassman LTD

- Vox AC30

Vox Custom AC30C2X 30W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

- Marshall Micro stack

- Fender Twin Reverb (his favorite studio amp)

Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Twin Reverb Guitar Amp

 

 

Pedals

- Boss DS-1 and DS-2 Distortions

Boss DS-1 Distortion PedalBoss DS-2 Turbo Distortion Pedal with Remote Jack

- Electro-Harmonix Poly Chorus (submitted by anonymous user)

Electro-Harmonix XO Stereo Polychorus Analog Flanger and Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal

- Electro-Harmonix Small Clone Analog Chorus

Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal

- Electro-Harmonix Big Muff

Electro-Harmonix Classics USA Big Muff PI Distortion / Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal

- Electro-Harmonix Echo Flanger

- MXR Phase 100 pedal

MXR M-107 Phase 100 Effects Pedal

- Tech 21 SansAmp amp simulator

- Pro Co Rat

Pro Co RAT2 Distortion Pedal

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