First seen circa 1992

Kurt Cobain’s Fender Stratocaster (White, Seattle Coliseum)

Based on photos and videos available, this guitar was used only once, on September 11, 1992, at Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, WA. At the end of the gig, the guitar was apparently smashed, and years later ended it up on an exhibit organized by EMP/MoPoP museum in Seattle.

The guitar was most likely pieced together from various parts, as Kurt used at least one more white Stratocaster around this time – but this was the only one with a black colored Seymour Duncan Hot Rails pickup in the bridge position. Interestingly, Kurt destroyed a black Stratocaster just around a week earlier, on August 30, 1992 (Reading Festival) – which also had a black Seymour Duncan Hot Rails in it – meaning that the pickup could’ve originated from that guitar.

Kurt’s Fender Stratocaster at display at the EMP/MoPoP in Seattle. Photo by: OnceAndFutureLaura/Flickr

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