Sears Bass

Auctioned off by Christie's of New York.

Sears model bass guitar, serial number 20180. According to Cobain's Aunt Mari Earl, Cobain recorded his first demo at her home in Seattle using this bass. The demo was called "Organized Confusion" a name he wished to call his band. In 1985 Cobain recorded a second demo also using this bass called "Fecal Matter". On June 23, 2009 the bass was sold to a private collector at a Chrysties auction in New York for $43,750. Article on sale here.

From NPR article;

"Going for an estimated $60,000-$80,000, this Sears model bass guitar was used by Kurt Cobain to record his early demos at his aunt's home in Aberdeen, Wash. The item comes with an image of a teenage Cobain playing the bass, and a letter from his aunt regarding the provenance of the guitar."

Mark S


  1. Anonymous5:26 PM

    there's a fender jazz bass?

  2. HeronBlue10:51 PM

    I don't know if it's ever been stated what the name on the headstock was for Kurt's bass but I think it's a Magnum. Just found one on eBay while browsing that looks identical to his. Granted these could have been sold under multiple names I suppose. For what ever it's worth.

  3. HeronBlue11:06 PM

    Here's a link to a photo album of said bass. This is not Kurt's actual bass, just one that look identical to it. If any one ever wanted to seek the same one out. This brand would be a good starting point, it not the only starting point. :)


    Keep up the good work on the blog. Can't wait to any new updates you may have.