This crappy bass guitar owned by Kurt Cobain as a teenager sold for $43,750 at an auction in 2009.
Cobain used the bass on two early demo recordings he made at his aunt Mari Earl’s house in Aberdeen, Washington during his pre-Nirvana days. The demos, one recorded under the moniker “Organized Confusion” in 1982 and another in 1985 under the name “Fecal Matter“.
One of the songs first recorded with this bass “Spank Thru” went on to become a staple of Nirvana’s live set and would become Nirvana’s first official song, according to Krist Novoselic.
The only details the auction gave about the bass was that it was serial #20180. After some extensive research, I found the actual model of the bass guitar. It is a 1977 Magnum Bass Guitar Short Scale Neck J Body Jazz Maple Fretboard Block Japanese Style.
Here’s a photo of another Magnum bass that recently sold for a much more reasonable $300.00.
Here’s another crappy catalog guitar made famous.