Kurt Cobain’s 1990s Fender Telecaster Custom MIJ

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 by Earnie Bailey only two weeks before his death. According to some quotes attributed to Bailey, Kurt liked the guitar and considered it his favorite at that point of time.


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

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)

As far as what happened to it, 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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Batara Kado
Batara Kado
2 years ago

jb in the bridge and gibson pickup in the neck so many jumbled details

Last edited 2 years ago by Batara Kado