SLTS Fender Competition Mustang

1969 Fender Competition Mustang

Famously used on the Smells Like Teen Spirit video. This guitar was also (alongside a Strat and a Jaguar) used for the recording of Nevermind. Kurt's Competition Mustang is currently on display at Seattle's Experience Music Project. After Kurt's death Courtney gave the guitar to a close friend. That friend has lent the guitar indefinitely to Seattle's EMP.

"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 exactly as I remember it, every nick, ding, and solder joint." - Earnie Bailey

If anyone is in Seattle please take a ton of photos of this guitar @ EMP and send it to us so we can post 'em!

Hard Rock Cafe sells a tiny version of this Mustang.

A thousand thank you's to Rob and Earnie for the close up photographs above!

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  1. Jeremy Lox9:38 PM

    Wow. How did you get these photos? Amazing. Thank you for creating this guide.

  2. Jon DuCiel10:33 PM

    Thank you Jeremy.
    We can thank Rob and Earnie for those close up photos.

  3. does anybody know what bridge pickup is in the slts mustang?

  4. Anonymous11:45 PM

    What kind of case is that in the back ground of the top photo? I need a good case for my Mustang.

  5. Anonymous8:15 PM

    @ slumber. its a old duncon hot rail pickup the same as in some of his strats

  6. Enis P.3:20 PM

    Does anybody know what exactly got broken by the smashing in Dallas?

  7. Anonymous4:03 PM

    I think the neck joint got broken in texas. it was fixed of course though. it looks like the lower gashes in the paint are a result of that show too.

  8. Anonymous2:11 PM


  9. This is Seymour Duncan Hot rails?

    1. Knowing Kurt put it in his some of his Stratocasters, id assume so,

  10. hey can you give me full detail of this competition mustang? i wanna make a replica of it thx