Sunburst Fender Stratocaster

Sunburst Fender Stratocaster

On display in Seattle at the Experience Music Project. Alongside Kurt's Stratocaster (one of many that he owned) are drums, cymbals and Krist's 1970's Ibanez Black Eagle bass. The photo is from 2004 so I'm not sure if it's still on display.

This may or may not be the presumed sunburst Stratocaster from the 1992 Reading Festival. At the end of the show Kurt does not smash the sunburst Stratocaster. After contemplating throwing it up in the air, Kurt walks into the crowd and hands the guitar to an audience member. See video below (@ 10:02).

My best guess is that this was one of the In Utero end of set guitars. It has a different humbucker in the bridge than the Strat seeing in the Reading footage and the body has a massive crack through the center (typical of Kurt's smash patterns).

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  1. Anonymous4:52 PM

    So what happened to this guitar (the one with the bloodstains on it), has it ever resurfaced??

  2. Anonymous7:21 AM

    Any ideas?

  3. Anonymous9:42 PM

    As of march 2013, this strat is currently on display at the rock n roll hall of fame in cleveland. The band all signed their names on the guitar and the neck is almost completely broken off.

  4. Anonymous2:22 PM

    can I have it!