Experience Music Project Guitar Collection
Kurt Cobain’s “Teen Spirit” 1969 Fender Mustang
This guitar (serial number F 279651) was purchased by Cobain prior to recording “Nevermind” and was one of his personal favorites and probably the one most associated with him. Kurt used this guitar extensively both live and in the studio from 1991–1992, including for the music video of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Despite being a guitar Kurt took special care of, he did smash it out of frustration at a show in Dallas in 1991 breaking the neck joint. Eventually Cobain placed his beloved Fender Mustang in storage for the “In Utero” tour. It was rarely used thereafter, an exception being at the Hollywood Rock Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1993.