Kurt Cobain’s Harmony Stella 12-string

access_time First seen circa 1989

Kurt bought this guitar at a pawn shop for around $30 in late 1989. It was a 12 string model, but Kurt strung it with only five nylon strings, and he allegedly never changed them since. The guitar barely stayed in tune, and apparently had duct tape holding tuning pegs in place.

This guitar was used on all of the acoustic songs on Nevermind (Polly, Something in the Way), and it supposedly even appeared on In Utero album, but only after the issues have been addressed. It was also carried regularly on tour but was mostly used just as a warm-up instrument.

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A fun fact – one of Kurt’s favorite musicians, Lead Belly, played the same guitar so that probably played some part in Kurt’s decision to buy and play this exact model.

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