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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




 

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

 

 

 

Strings and Picks

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

He used Dunlop Tortex Standard picks, orange color.

 

Acoustics

- Stella 12-string (Polly recording)

- Epiphone Texan (unplugged recordings)

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

 

 

Guitar cabinets

- Marshall 1960A Slant Cabinet - 4x12

- Marshall 1960AC Vintage Cabinet - 4x12


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

- Vox AC30

- Marshall Micro stack

- Fender Twin Reverb (his favorite studio amp)

 

 

Pedals

- Boss DS-1 and DS-2 Distortions



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

- Electro-Harmonix Small Clone Analog Chorus

- Electro-Harmonix Big Muff

- Electro-Harmonix Echo Flanger

- MXR Phase 100 pedal

- Tech 21 SansAmp amp simulator

- Pro Co Rat



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