“Kurt took the guitar and carved the word ‘SICK’ at the bottom of it”: Two years before he started Nirvana, Kurt Cobain inscribed his friend’s Teisco guitar – now it’s headed for auction

Kurt Cobain Teisco Del Ray EV-2T
(Image credit: GWS Auctions)

GWS Auctions has announced that its forthcoming Artifacts of Hollywood and Music sale will feature a Teisco Del Ray EV-2T electric guitar that was played and signed by Kurt Cobain, as well as a Franciscan acoustic guitar from the Nirvana man’s collection.

Kurt Cobain gear auctions have become increasingly regular fixtures in recent years, and it’s not surprising given the premium prices fetched by guitars associated with the Nirvana frontman.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.