Cobain's Mustang up for auction

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Re: Cobain's Mustang up for auction

Post by s_mcsleazy » Wed Apr 27, 2022 9:00 am

i always loved the custom made mustangs he had...... i'm trying to convince my bandmate to build a pink mustang
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Post by sal paradise » Sun May 01, 2022 11:33 pm

I’m going to go and check out the guitar today. For reference, it’s in a window

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Post by CROSS_guitars » Mon May 02, 2022 8:43 pm

So many amazing close-up pics!
Hopefully, the Proto Jag-stang goes up for auction one day and we can finally see detailed pics.

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Post by FenderBob » Mon May 09, 2022 10:17 am

found some more pics.

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Post by FenderBob » Mon May 09, 2022 10:23 am

Know these pics are not very good resolution, but thought there would be more evidence of the repair from the Dallas neck break.
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Post by HNB » Mon May 09, 2022 10:29 am

The ones I took way back aren't nearly as nice. I think I got pics of one of his home made mustangs.

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This is Earnie and me at the EMP. He signed the control plate that goes with my Strat pickguard signed by Kurt. Seemed appropriate to have him sign the inside of the tremolo plate. LOL

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Post by FenderBob » Mon May 09, 2022 7:43 pm

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This is Earnie and me at the EMP. He signed the control plate that goes with my Strat pickguard signed by Kurt. Seemed appropriate to have him sign the inside of the tremolo plate. LOL

Very cool Chris, Was that at the grand opening of the exhibit?

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Post by HNB » Tue May 10, 2022 5:31 am

I believe so. I got to make custom pins and they sold t shirts with the raining skull logo for the exhibit. :)
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Re: Cobain's Mustang up for auction

Post by Wucan » Tue May 10, 2022 6:33 pm

This guitar is why the LPB competitions cost an arm and a leg... makes me slighly butthurt to see it out there :lol:

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Re: Cobain's Mustang up for auction

Post by s_mcsleazy » Wed May 11, 2022 5:06 am

so here's something i wanna bring up and kinda figured i could bring it up here. i find it really funny that nirvana have now been written into the same classic rock cannon as bands like guns and roses or motley crew when they were basically trying to be the opposite of that kinda music. like if you told kurt that his band would be considered in the classic rock cannon where his guitars would be fetching for millions of dollars, i wonder how he'd feel.
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Post by sal paradise » Wed May 11, 2022 5:13 am

s_mcsleazy wrote:
Wed May 11, 2022 5:06 am
so here's something i wanna bring up and kinda figured i could bring it up here. i find it really funny that nirvana have now been written into the same classic rock cannon as bands like guns and roses or motley crew when they were basically trying to be the opposite of that kinda music. like if you told kurt that his band would be considered in the classic rock cannon where his guitars would be fetching for millions of dollars, i wonder how he'd feel.
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Post by FenderBob » Wed May 11, 2022 6:17 am

Funny to hear Kurt scoff as he tells the story of someone trying to sell him Leadbelly's guitar for $500k during the MTV Unplugged taping.

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Re: Cobain's Mustang up for auction

Post by Mechanical Birds » Fri May 13, 2022 8:57 pm

Kurt was dead before the first vintage Strat fetched $5,000 probably, though, and also before famous people’s instruments were tacked with a crazy premium because of who owned it. That video of the Brian Jones VOX teardrop that Hard Rock Cafe bought for like $2,000 in the 90s is insane.

Also even though he says “$500,000” I’ve read that it was actually as little as $5,000 in real life. Kurt was never one to tell the truth in place of a good lie, though.

Also I’d disagree about Nirvana being pegged next to GnR or whatever. I mean they’re objectively ‘classic rock’ now… haven’t released music in 30 years. But I don’t notice similarities in how the bands are marketed or anything and think it comes down more to time than it does any kind of lumping in genre. They were both pop acts in their time so it makes sense. Though I’m sure he considered his contemporaries to be the Sonic Youths, Dinosaur Jrs, etc. as opposed to the hair metal chud mall bands

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Post by 46346 » Sat May 14, 2022 12:08 am

he bought it from Lloyd at Voltage! i bought my first great instrument, my '74 Jazz Bass from Lloyd, probably the same year ('91)!
what a great time and place to be in need of a cool used guitar. the notion of 'vintage' superiority was just making the rounds, but
there were four or five shops around that block that were selling great used Fenders at only a slight premium.

i thought i was a bit of a sucker for paying $600 for that Walnut/Maple BB&B beauty. nah, i was just a young cheapskate.
i miss those shops now, those guys were all pretty cool and let me play around a lot.
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Re: Cobain's Mustang up for auction

Post by PorkyPrimeCut » Sat May 14, 2022 1:26 pm

46346 wrote:
Sat May 14, 2022 12:08 am
...('91)! what a great time and place to be in need of a cool used guitar....
Yeah, I'm not sure if a Hondo II Les Paul + £150 will still get you a refinned '59 Jazzmaster body with a replacement 2001 Fender Affinity neck ;)

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