Kurt Cobain Guitar Rig 1991

Kurt Cobain Guitar Rig 1991

Kurt Cobain's Nevermind era guitar rig was surprisingly sparse, purchasing only a few guitars, pedals and amps with the $287,000 advance from Geffen Records. The album's iconic grunge sound was produce by using a Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal combined with the watery sound of the Electro-Harmonix Small Clone (as heard in Smells Like Teen Spirit pre-chorus, Come As You Are and Lithium) running through a Mesa/Boogie Studio Preamp with a Crown power amp and a variety of Marshall cabinets.

Cobain's guitars were mostly Fender having apparently developed a taste for the make prior to entering the studio - on the album Cobain mostly used 1965 Fender Jaguar or a 1969 Fender Mustang.

Kurt Cobain


1965 Fender Jaguar

1965 Fender Jaguar

1969 Fender Mustang

1970s Fender Mustang

1990 Fender Stratocasters (Japanese Models - usually smashed by Cobain at the end of a concert)

1990 Fender Stratocaster Standard

12-string Harmony Stella (purchased by Cobain from a pawn shop for $31.21 in 1990 and strung with 5 nylon guitar strings, barely staying in tune - used for Polly and Something In The Way)

12-string Harmony Stella


Crown Power Base 2 Power Amplifier

Crown Power Base 2 Power Amplifier

Mesa/Boogie Studio .22 Preamp

Mesa/Boogie Studio .22 Preamp

Marshall 1960's (A and B) Cabs (The cabinets were loaded with either Celestion 12" G12M Greenback Speakers or Celestion 12" Vintage 30 Speakers)

Marshall 1960's (A and B) cabs


(1) Boss DS-1 Distortion

Boss DS-1 Distortion

(2) Electro-Harmonix Small Clone

Electro-Harmonix Small Clone

(3) Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi USA (used for a "dark, thumpier sound" on Lithium)

Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi USA


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