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    Kurt Cobain's 1953 Martin Acoustic Guitar. Singer, songwriter, and reluctant spokesman for Generation X, Kurt Cobain played an important part in changing the face of popular music in the '90s. Purchased by Cobain while on tour shortly before 1991, the year the seminal Nevermind was released, this 1953 Martin D-18 acoustic guitar was played briefly by him before being gifted to indie-folk Rock musician Mary Lou Lord during their brief relationship.

    The guitar being offered was Cobain's first Martin D-18, and the model became his favorite brand of acoustic. (Cobain continued to use this model throughout his career.) Miss Lord played the guitar regularly (with the guitar strung right-handed) both in live performances and in the recording studio. In the mid-1990s she toured several times with her close friend and label mate, Elliott Smith, whereupon he had several occassions to play the guitar, adding further to the uniqueness of this historic instrument. In recent years Miss Lord has curtailed her performing career and subsequently sold the guitar to a collector in Boston.

    Historic considerations aside, the guitar is in Excellent condition and has a magnificent sound. There is significant pick scratching and some dings to the surface which only add to the guitar's mystique. Included is a color photo of Cobain playing the guitar.

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    October, 2006
    6th-7th Friday-Saturday
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