Kurt Cobain’s Custom Mustang (Pink, Bogart’s)

This guitar was played on the last three songs during the set that Nirvana played at Bogart’s, Long Beach, CA, on February 16, 1990. At the end of the gig, the guitar was smashed, resulting in the neck popping off, and the body is split in half.

The only other time this guitar was seen was at the beginning of the show played on February 12, 1990, at Cattle Club, Sacramento. In the video below, Kurt starts the gig off with the Mustang, but switches to an Epiphone before the first song is even played – potentially meaning that the Mustang wasn’t properly set-up yet at that point).

What makes most sense, is that he managed to fix it by February 16, the night of the Bogart’s gig.

Kurt’s other home-made Mustang

This guitar looked very similar to another guitar that Cobain used around this time, a modified Mustang finished in blue. Both guitars were obviously something that Kurt put together himself.

The only glaring difference between the two guitars is the finish, fthis one was pink, while the other one was blue. Aside from that, they both had headstock painted in black, both had what looked like a Maxon pickup, and both were fitted with a Shaller non-tremolo bridge.

Most famously, the guitar was featured on the alternative version of the In Bloom music video [Nirvana – In Bloom; YouTube]

This raises the question of whether the second, blue, Mustang could simply be the pink guitar repainted and glued back together. The first time that the blue Mustang was seen was at the Amnesty International Benefit concert played on April 27th.

So it could be that by that time Kurt either got some new Mustang parts and reused the electronics from the pink one, or he managed to fix the old pink Mustang, and repainted it blue.


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