How to Get Nirvana's Guitar Tones with Five Cheap Pedals

In honor of what would have been Kurt Cobain's 51st birthday, our friends at decided to explore how exactly the late Nirvana frontman got his iconic guitar tone.

In their new video, "Nirvana Guitar Tones with 5 Cheap Pedals," you can see some of the best (and cheapest) pedals from Cobain's fretboard, and how he used them to craft some of the band's most enduring songs. All five of the pedals in the video—which is hosted by Reverb's Joe Shadid—can be found on the site for less than $80.

For more from Reverb, be sure to stop by their YouTube channel.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.