Kurt Cobain’s Fender Combo Amp

access_time First seen circa 1989

Kurt was seen using an unknown Fender amp around the time when the band released Bleach, circa May 1989.

Based on this photo – Nirvana in Auburn, WA, May 26, 1989, it seems that the Marshall on top with the “Nirvana” was Jason Everman’s, while the Fender combo sitting underneath it was used by Kurt. The amp on the right, sitting on top of a red cabinet, was Krist’s bass amp.

However, it could also be that this Fender amp was used by Jason and that Kurt’s amp was sitting somewhere on the right of the stage (less likely).

At this point, the exact model of the amp is unknown. Based on the white line around the speaker grill, it could be something like a Fender 75. However, that amp seemed to only have a single speaker, while Kurt’s has dual.

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access_time 1990

Crown Power Base 2 Amplifier

This was Kurt’s main guitar amp prior to Nevermind studio sessions and during the album tour. For most of the tour, the amp was seen sitting in a rackmount case, underneath a Mesa Boogie Studio .22 Preamp. This same exact setup was allegedly used during the studio sessions, plus some other amps provided by Butch Vig. Kurt had a Mesa/Boogie, but we also used a Fender Bassman a lot and […]

access_time 1990

Mesa/Boogie Studio .22 Preamp

This was Kurt main pre-amp, used for live performances ever since around late 1990. From that point on, it was used for the entirety of Nevermind and In Utero tours. During most of the Nevermind tour, the preamp was paired with a Crown Power Base 2 power amp. This setup was used until around January 1992, when Kurt kept the Mesa Boogie but switched to a duo of Crest 4801 […]

access_time 1991

Marshall JCM800

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access_time 1989

Randall RG-120 Commander

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access_time 1988

1960s Fender Twin Reverb

Kurt used a Fender Twin Reverb to record Bleach album. That particular amp, however, wasn’t owned by him, but by Jack Endino, who produced the record. When they recorded Bleach, Kurt’s Randall was in the shop so they borrowed my amp, which was a Sixties Fender Twin. I’m a tube nut, so everything was tweaked and up to spec on that amp, but it didn’t have speakers because I had […]

access_time 1990

Sunn Beta Lead Head

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access_time 1992

Crest 4801 Power Amp

Kurt used this amp from around January 1992 for the majority of Nirvana’s live performances. The amp was used together with a Mesa/Boogie Studio .22 Preamp – both of which were mounted on a rack shelf often seen sitting behind Kurt on stage. Prior to January 1992, Kurt used a Crown Power Base 2 power amp instead of this amp.

access_time 1989

Fender Twin Reverb Silverface

Kurt was seen using this amp starting with Nirvana’s European tour in late October 1989, in support of Bleach. Based on photos and video material it seems that the amp was used for live perfomances until around February 1990.

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