Kurt Cobain’s 1990s Fender Telecaster Custom MIJ

Kurt Cobain's 1990s Fender Telecaster Custom with humbuckers

Kurt allegedly received this guitar from Fender in 1994 as a replacement for his light blue Telecaster. He never used the guitar live, and received it fully customized only two weeks before his death. According to some quotes attributed to Ernie, Kurt really liked the guitar and considered it his favorite at that moment.

Mods

The Telecaster was heavily modified by Earnie Bailey. The original tuners were replaced with Gotoh’s, and the bridge with Stew-Mac with individual saddles. Both of the stock pickups were also replaced. Earnie installed a Gibson PAF in the bridge position, and a Seymour Duncan JB in the neck.

The pickups, bridge, and tuners were changed at one point, as this was a common practice with Kurt’s guitars. This was done by Earnie Bailey, Kurt’s guitar tech. This comes with a letter from Earnie detailing the complete modifications done to this guitar.

RockStarGuitars.com (now deleted)

Sometime after Kurt’s death, the guitar was sold to a private buyer. At some point it was owned by RockStarGuitar.com but it was since sold once again. The current whereabouts are unknown.

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