Nirvana fans will have the opportunity to own one of frontman Kurt Cobain’s most popular guitars when the instrument is auctioned in New York City later this month.
The guitar – a 1969 Fender Competition Mustang in Lake Placid Blue – is currently part of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay’s extensive collection of rock memorabilia and is being auctioned off to support the NFL team’s “Kicking The Stigma” campaign to benefit mental health awareness. per die Associated Press. The auction, noted Irsay, is being made with the full support of the Cobain estate.
Cobain famously used guitar in the video for the band’s breakthrough single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” The guitar is said to be one of the musician’s favorites in his extensive collection – so much so that Cobain rarely used the guitar outside of a studio setting. (Recordings from a September 1991 Seattle store gig show Cobain playing guitar on several songs, and numerous fan sites have documented guitar use at a handful of gigs between the fall of 1991 and early 1993.)
The so-called “Competition Stripe” variants, which were available for both Mustang guitars and basses, are a coveted instrument among shortscale enthusiasts; Original models from the 1960s and 1970s regularly sell for thousands of dollars.
Cobain was known for his devotion to Fender’s offset guitars – particularly the brand’s Mustang models, which the “Come As You Are” singer used regularly during the Nirvana run. The year before the release of doesn’t matter, Cobain destroyed several Mustangs – which the band had pieced together and cheaply assembled – on stage during several live shows. (“We bought some necks and took pieces of wood and cut out the bodies and put on necks — and they were totally out of tune. But we did a pretty good job,” Cobain recalled in a 1993 interview. “They were all destroyed in one tour .”) He also exclusively played a series of four Fender Mustangs during the band in utero Trip.
“Of all the guitars in the world, the Fender Mustang is my favorite,” Cobain said in a 1991 interview with guitar world. “They’re cheap and totally inefficient, and they sound crappy and they’re very small.”
In addition to the Fender Mustang, Cobain was often drawn to another Fender offset: the Jaguar. His love of both the Jaguar and the Mustang ultimately led to Cobain collaborating with the Fender Custom Shop in 1993 to develop the hybrid Jag-Stang – a model that remains in production today.
The bidding will take place May 20-22 at the Times Square Hard Rock Cafe. However, fans looking to spend their hard-earned cash to own the piece of grunge history might be out of luck. The Associated Press Irsay reportedly intends to place an opening bid of $2 million on the guitar to retain ownership. Well, whatever, whatever.
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