Two Mustangs @ Hard Rock - NOT KURTS

Two Lake Placid Blue (LPB) Competition Mustangs

Melbourne, Australia - Hard Rock Cafe
Oslo, Norway - Hard Rock Cafe

These are not the more well-known Smells Like Teen Spirit (SLTS) video Mustang but sure look similar. Furthermore the Oslo HR Mustang is right handed and autographed. Kurt was left handed and did not autograph his own guitars (at least not with his own name).

Perhaps these were fan submitted guitars or another Courtney Love - Hard Rock transaction.

Earnie Bailey, the most qualified expert on Nirvana's gear, has confirmed that neither of these guitars were ever played or owned by Kurt.

Kurt's REAL SLTS Competition Mustang is owned by a private owner and it is currently on loan to the Seattle Experience Music Project. My guess is that it's owned by a friend of the Cobain family (Mark Arm, King Buzzo, someone like that).

"The Australian Hard Rock Cafe claims they have this guitar, but Earnie Bailey says he saw a photo of the guitar they had and it was right-handed. "The photo said that it had come from Courtney. Either she or Eric had a right-handed one exactly like Kurt's, I'm not sure whose it was, but this is mostly likely that guitar." He goes on to say, "The Hard Rock Cafe does not own Kurt's competition blue Mustang. I recently worked on the real one and its present owner allowed me to photograph it in detail. Courtney gave it to him a month after Kurt's death, and it is eaxctly as I remember it, ever nick, ding, and solder joint".

I'd really like to get a copy of the photographs Earnie is talking about!

I'm working on a post regarding Courtney Love's transactions with the Hard Rock. It appears that she sold the Hard Rock curators a boat load of guitars and possessions of both Hole and Nirvana. Some legit and some not. Any leads appreciated. Thanks !

Special thanks to Mike J for the Melbourne HR photo above.


  1. Anonymous7:57 AM

    kurt's guitar was not in oslo i have been there.... though were from u2....

  2. Anonymous2:22 PM

    I have a photo of Kurt signing the first above guitar. Its his signature for sure, but not his guitar.

  3. Anonymous2:31 AM

    Another fake guitar for sale on ebay http://cgi.ebay.com/Kurt-Cobain-Smashed-Guitar-1989-Nirvana-Concert-/160590928636?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2563f71afc#ht_1669wt_1139

    As far as I know this guitar was never owned or used by Kurt it looks like a 60s Japanese made Saturn that I have. Also Kurts blue Telecaster made a apperance on the TV show Califonicatation. I have the episode downloaded and I can send it to admin if wanted. I made sure it was Kurts actual guitar. How ever it looks like Courtney was scraped off the bottom its not visable any more. How ever there is no way that any one would have remade that guitar as a 100% clone. Sorry about the spelling I am really tired and wanted to share.

  4. Anonymous4:21 AM

    the blue "kurdt" righty gtr was at hardrock in Chicago in the mid 90's... if that helps the puzzle at all.

  5. Anonymous8:16 PM

    I never knew how much he loved a telecaster- way cool.
    former Fender® employee