From Hendrix’s Woodstock Strat to Kurt Cobain’s Jaguar, the EMP Museum houses some of the most iconic and rare vintage guitars in the world.

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.

Fender Hammertone Pedals Demo | First Look

John Bohlinger tests out a handful of the compact, budget-friendly gray tone boxes designed by effects guru Stan Cotey.

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A lightweight, portable amp series developed after months of forensic examination of vintage valve amps.

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Need an affordable distortion pedal? Look no further.

We live in the golden age of boutique pedals that are loaded with advanced features—many of which were nearly unthinkable a decade or so ago. But there’s something that will always be valuable about a rock-solid dirt box that won’t break your wallet. Here’s a collection of old classics and newly designed stomps that cost less than an average concert ticket.

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