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I'm looking for more of a nirvana tone. I started quite recently and have a Squier VM jaguar. I also have a Boss DS-1 pedal. I'm just thinking of a good next guitar that's quite versatile. I think kurt cobain had an HSS pickup configuration on his strat
@Calum13 - I could be wrong but a fender clean amp as a base for pedals will be a better bet to get nirvana type sounds. A ds-1 pedal is also good. I think live Kurt used mostly a mesa boogie pre amp and a crown power amp. So his sound base was quite clean. Other then that the other amp I associate with him is the ultralinear 135w silverface twin reverb, again a very clean sound base.So yeah, a good fender maybe with an humbucker on the bridge. A gainy distortion pedal (ds-1, rat, maxon 830) and a decent clean amp.I also think a lot of their electric sound, came from the volumes they were playing it. If you're a bedroom player (nothing wrong with that), then you minght find it hard to get those tones.
@Calum13 the type of guitar, amp or pedal doesn't really matter. It's down to the music and the way it's played. Kurt still sounded like Kurt with an acoustic. The quirks of his technique shaped the sound more than the gear. Two classic examples:About A Girl - it looks like he plays Em to G for the main riff but it's actually E5 as he damps the G string with this middle finger. The next section sounds and looks lily is C#m but it's actually major again due to the way the ring finger catches the B string. People play that song wrong because they go with what sounds and feels more musically correct. Teen Spirit - the intro riff is often played wrongly. You can probaly guess why... That's right... It's the "wrong" notes from the fingering. The first chord sounds like F barre child but it's actually more of a stud 4 from the way it's fretted. Kurt played all stories of stuff "wrongly" but it worked. That's why he did it and that's what his sound is about.