1961 Epiphone Texan Acoustic "Nixon Now"

This guitar was featured in Charles Cross's book "Cobain Unseen".
Photographed by Geoff Moore.
It has been in storage in a private secured lot in Los Angeles (along with the other goodies that were photographed for the book).

For a large color print I recommend you check out the book.

"The Epiphone acoustic with the "Nixon Now" sticker is a model called the Texan. Kurt purchased this from a Los Angeles guitar shop after he became famous. Kurt's guitar tech, Earnie Bailey, installed the Bartolini 3 AV pickup."

"Prior to the In Utero tour Kurt's main acoustic was an Epiphone Texan purchased after completing "In Utero" as a replacement for the Stella acoustic. The guitar's adjustable bridge was changed to a lefty flat-top bridge and a standard saddle. Earnie says this was one of the best-sounding acoustics he's heard, and Kurt's best. Despite this he wouldn't use it on Unplugged. Used during the "In Utero" tour on occasion as a backup to his Martin.

Related Links
1. Close up photos 1, 2, 3
2. Cobain Unseen by Charles Cross


  1. the "nixon now" guitar is also seen - but as you said not used - on the stage of Unplugged in NY, probably as a backup for the Martin d - 18

  2. Anonymous3:37 PM

    it's a righty guitar and the strings have not been flipped.. how does a lefty play this?

  3. Anonymous10:00 PM


    Paul McCartney
    Jimi Hendrix

    different Texans but still...

    not so much a coincidence?

  4. Anonymous12:15 PM

    To me this looks more like a pre-gibson epiphone. So probably mid-50's and not '61. And also technically not a texan since gibson put that name on them.


  5. Anonymous5:22 PM

    It's a 1940's-mid 50's Epiphone FT-79