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 “K” sticker on it, but switched to this guitar prior to that 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).

All the footage from that gig appears to be black and white, so the actual color of the guitar is hard to be determined for sure. The general consensus is that the guitar was red, so we’ll go along with that.

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Colour footage of the gig including the hammering of the guitar


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


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