🎶We’re the ones, who liked all his pretty songs.🎶
According to a press release via Cooper Owen Auctions, the above black Fender Stratocaster was given to concert attendee Guillaume Enault at a gig in Rennes, France in February 1994. Cobain had about 5 of these guitars on hand meant for “jamming and destruction” at the end of gigs when the band concluded with “Blew” or “Endless Nameless.” Instead of ruining his now iconic Mustangs, these strats were a cheap way to thrash wildly at the end of shows during the height of Nirvana’s fame.
Though several of these guitars were smashed beyond repair (siiiiiick), the one above was reconstructed after it was smashed and given to Enault. The body of the guitar was given a new neck and turning keys, and apparently still sounds fine, which is hard to believe after looking at the below picture, of the guitar’s former state.
The guitar is expected to be sold for anywhere between $57,000 and $150,000, with minimum bids currently running at $48,000. My main questions here is, would smashing this one up a bit more add to its value? If so, best investment ever.
Image Credits: MTV, Cooper Owen Auctions
Matt Grosinger is the music editor of Nerdist and is still mad about not being a millionaire so that he could afford Cobain’s green cardigan.