1970s Telecaster Thinline (Sonic Youth)

Kurt borrowed this guitar briefly to join Mudhoney on stage for The Money Will Roll Right In, on September 26th, 1992. The guitar actually belongs to Lee Renaldo from Sonic Youth. Regardless of the fact that the guitar didn’t belong to Kurt, it’s perhaps best to list it here, for anyone who might see the concert and wonder what the guitar was.

Kurt Cobain playing a Thinline Telecaster

This guitar actually has a pretty interesting story on its own. It was stolen from Sonic Youth in 1999 and returned completely refinished in 2005. To learn more, visit SonicYouth.com.

Submitted by: Rhoads


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Graham Podlesny
Graham Podlesny
8 months ago

Lee Ranaldo normally calls this guitar a tele deluxe because of the headstock but I’m pretty sure this is a 70s Thinline telecaster!