Kurt Cobain’s Martin D-18E

This guitar is certainly Kurt’s best-known acoustic since it was used during Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged concert.

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Kurt bought this Martin in late 1993, so just a few months prior to the Unplugged gig. It is actually a pretty rare guitar produced only for a year in the late 50s, and it was one of the earliest Martins to feature electric pickups. The stock DeArmond pickups didn’t sound very good with bronze-wound strings that Kurt was using though, so the guitar was fitted with yet another pickup – a Bartolini 3AV.

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6 months ago

This Martin is officialy the most expensive guitar ever sold, it was auctioned for $6 million dollars at Julien’s.


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