Kurt Cobain’s Sunn Beta Lead Head Guitar Amp

Kurt was seen using these amps towards the latter part of the Bleach tour – circa February/March 1990 (for photos see Kurt Cobain’s Sunn amp). They were used up until May 1, 1990, when they were trashed at a concert at Cat’s Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC, and replaced the day later with a Mesa Boogie Studio .22.

I was at this show and bought one of Kurt´s Beta Leads.

Nirvana – 5/1/90 – Cat’s Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC – comments, S.Williams

The band trashed an amplifier during their set

05/01/90 – Nirvana @ Cat’s Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC

Kurt’s Sunn Auctioned

One of Kurt’s Sunn Beta Lead amps recently appeared at an auction at Bonhams. According to the listing, the amp (serial number K05562) is sold by a person who acquired it through someone who attended the Car’s Cradle concert (could be the same person who left a YouTube comment quoted above)

Kurt’s alleged Sunn Beta Lead head. Photo credit: Bonhams


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