dots said: ... then again, he also hot-rodded his mustangs and jaguars. . . and played gibsons.
i read somewhere that he definitely preferred the jap strats to american ones (except for the saddles).
You do realise that you just made all of that up? . He DID play American made. Uhhm lets see, his vintage Jaguar was American made, some of his mustangs were also vintage, american made.
He did mod his own stuff. Here's some Excerpts taken from "Heavier than Heaven".
Pg. 132 "Sluggo had a broken guitar on his wall, and Kurt asked if he could have it. "The neck isn't even snapped off, so I can fix ," kurt observed...Later that day Kurt created a new guitar. It was patched together like Frankenstein"
Pg.135 ""There was a workbench he [Kurt] utilized to fix the guitars he'dalready broken, and to cut more wooden necks for guitars he had yet to break."
Not only that Fender didn't just send him MIJ because it was cheap and they new he would smash it, they sent him Mij Mustangs because that was one of his fav guitars, so therefore he would play them which looks good for Fender if a big rockstar is playing their guitars.
Also Fender DID send him at least one MIA guitar.
1). Blue Fender Telecaster, had the "'heart' Courtney" scratched into it . it was sunburst, but Kurt painted it blue with latex house paint and scratched the heart and the "Courtney" into it;
Fender Telecaster Custom. Earnie Bailey.
"Fender sent this out for the In Utero tour to replace the blue one (#1). Stock pickups were very shrill. After Kurt's coma in
Rome, I thought modifying this guitar would make it a workhorse and get him away from the Mustang-Jaguar image. Hopefully
get him perked up. I put on new tuners (Gotoh's - his favorite). A Tele bridge from Stew-Mac with a Humbucker cut-out and
individual saddle for each string. In the bridge, I put a Duncan JB - black, and in the neck, and new Gibson PAF, potted with
a Chrome cover. He got this 2 weeks before he died, and said it was his new favorite. He used it for the home recordings he
was making with Pat" (41).