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geetar_dan's picture
UK
Jan 2006
7 years ago

I know that Kurt Cobain uses a Boss DS-1/DS-2, an Electro Harmonix Small Clone and poly Chorus and a Tech21 sanamp but I dont know what compressor he uses.

In the tab book, on the smells like teen spirit solo it says he use chorus and compression so could someone please tell me what sort it it

thanx

Epiphone Les Paul (Black)
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A Crappy Acoustic

Vox AC30 CC2

Digitech Whammy (Reissue)
EH Mini Q-Tron
Ibanez WH-10 Wah
EH Metal Muff
Boss DS- 1
EH Little Big Muff
EH Small Clone
MXR Phase 90
Boss DD-6

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BleezeMonkey's picture
Lawrence, KS
Aug 2005
8 years ago

Hmm, I don't believe I've ever heard any mention of Cobain using a compressor. My best guess would be that whoever wrote the tab book decided it would be helpful in order to sound as much like the recording as possible, or something -- Nevermind is the best-produced Nirvana album, so it doubtless has studio quality effects (such as compression) all over it.

However, for general reference, this should cover all your bases as far as Kurt's equipment goes.

"I feel like an arsonist, because you are my perfect match, and you light up everything around you"

The infamous rig in the sig

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laa0815's picture
Vienna, Austria / Europe
Dec 2004
3 years ago

Originally posted by geetar_dan
I know that Kurt Cobain uses a Boss DS-1/DS-2, an Electro Harmonix Small Clone and poly Chorus and a Tech21 sanamp but I dont know what compressor he uses.

In the tab book, on the smells like teen spirit solo it says he use chorus and compression so could someone please tell me what sort it it

thanx

He (for sure, ther are many pics of his pedals existing) never used a compressor on stage - he for sure meant that the solo has been compressed in the studio - probably by some high-end optical compression, as it would be used in studios...

moe45673's picture
Toronto
Aug 2005
9 years ago

The diamond comp is a subtle yet very effective high-end compressor, comparable to studio quality. It won't give you that squishy compressed sound (a la Under The Bridge), it's supposed to be used as more of a passive effect. Makes me sound like I've worked on my nuances for about 5 years longer than I have.
www.diamondpedals.com

Well, since everyone else here is doing it, and I'm one to jump off a cliff when all my friends do, here's my rig:

For guitar:
Tonebone boneyard pedalboard

Diamond Compressor
5 Loooper
Strobostomp
Vox V847 Wah
Boss PS-5 (Coming soon)
T.C. Jauernig Diabolical Gristle Tone Manipulator OD pedal
Tonebone Hot British
Boss EQ-20
ISP Noise Decimator
Boss DD-20
Catalinbread Sagrado Poblano Picoso

Backup Rig:
Boss OD-20
Catalinbread Super Chile Picoso

Off my board:
Boss RC-20XL (used for practising)
Dunlop Original Crybaby
Monte Allums Modded SD-1 (SD-808 mod)

I use lava cables

Jeramy's picture
PA
Nov 2003
9 years ago

www.kurtsequipment.com

everything about his stuff, pretty good site for a nirvana/cobain fan.
-jeramy

dogtownmax's picture
Dogtown, Oakland, CA, US
Dec 2005
8 years ago

Originally posted by Jeramy
www.kurtsequipment.com

everything about his stuff, pretty good site for a nirvana/cobain fan.
-jeramy

wow. given the amount of guitar destruction that they engaged in, i didnt realize how much effort they actually put into thier guitars. i just sort of assumed they bought em and smashed em.

very interesting web site.

on a related note, has anyone else read "come as you are", the nirvana history/bio?

interesting stuff. i have heard that they didnt really like the book, but it doesnt seem like a malicious effort. maybe not totally flattering, but seems pretty neutral in tone.

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