Kurt Cobain’s Memphis (Matsumoku) Stratocaster

This guitar was seen only on one occasion, at the “No More Wars” benefit concert in Olympia, WA on January 18, 1991. Kurt played most of the concert on the white Stratocaster with a black humbucker in the lead position but switched to this guitar prior to the last song. At the end of the show, he allegedly picked up a hammer and completely smashed the Memphis Strat (which explains the broken pickguard seen on the photos).

The majority of the footage from that gig appears to be black and white, but based on the video linked in the comments below, which is in color, the guitar was finished in red.

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Beany
Beany
2 months ago

Colour footage of the gig including the hammering of the guitar
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCKfpMqSYkY

Beany
Beany
2 months ago

It also appears from this footage that it is not the white ‘K’ Strat. This one has what looks like a single coil black pickup on the bridge

Van
Van
2 months ago

Actually there is a “K” sticker

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