Kurt Cobain’s Electro-Harmonix Small Clone

Kurt started using this pedal probably around early 1990, just before the band started working on Nevermind. It’s unknown to what the extent the pedal was actually used on the record, and how much of the chorus effect was added during the mixing process, but nonetheless, this pedal was used extensively during the Nevermind tour and therefore played a key role in Kurt’s sound.

Usage on Nevermind, Specific Tracks

First of all, in case you’re unfamiliar with what Small Clone does to the sound, this is basically what one would call a chorus pedal, and it creates a sort of a wobbly or shimmery “water” sound. This effect can be heard all over the Nevermind – and paired with a Boss DS-1 distortion pedal, and a Seymour Duncan JB humbucker is essential to Kurt’s sound from this period.

The specific tracks from the album on which the effect was used, are as follows:

  • Smells Like Teen Spirit – During the chorus and the solo
  • In Bloom – Most noticeable on the bridge part, just before the chorus
  • Come as You Are – Throughout the song
  • Drain You – Most noticeable during the intermission after the second chorus
  • Endless, Nameless – Throughout the song


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fouie lerris
fouie lerris
3 years ago

kurt use this pedal the most out of the 3 chorus pedals because it sounded there best and also it didn’t break down like the echo flanger. this pedal costs around £55-70 GBP or $60-80 USD,
i would recommend this pedal to anyone and it sounds great jamming to nirvana with it.
from louie

2 years ago
Reply to  fouie lerris

what were the other 2 chorus pedals he used? also are there any altenitivs to this pedal?