Kurt Cobain’s 1980s Washburn Force 31
Contribute to this Gear Page
Notice anything missing? You can help this gear page by writing about equipment that is not on the list.Add Gear
This guitar was used by Kurt for a brief period of time in late 1989, and it seemed to have directly replaced his Hagstrom guitar, as that one was destroyed on November 27th, while the Washburn was used on Nirvana next gig, on November 29th. This guitar was then used for five gigs total, before is was destroyed on December 3rd, 1989 at Astoria Theatre, London – which was the last show of Nirvana’s European Tour.
Based on the photographic evidence, the guitar featured a black finish with a matching headstock color, rosewood fretboard, and a humbucker pickup in the bridge position.
What was left of Kurt’s Washburn was auctioned through Christie’s in 2003, closing price being $1,975. As part of the auction, coupled with Kurt’s guitar, there were some pieces allegedly belonging to Courtney Love’s guitar. These are the pickguard and the bridge sitting to the left on the photo below.
GroundGuitar counts on your criticism and feedback. In case you notice anything wrong with the information posted on this page, or you have knowledge of something that you would like to share, be sure to leave a comment below.
In case you want to talk to me directly and privately, please use the contact form and I will get back to you as soon as possible. (Dan)