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Martin 1959 D18E Acoustic Guitar + Original Case Kurt Cobain Nirvana Unplugged

Every now and then, I'll look on EBay for stuff so far out of my price range, it's ridiculous. I always find cool stuff, though. This time, I searched for a price range between $50,000 - $100,000 and I found this. When I got out of the Air Force in the mid-1990s, I wanted to get as far away from any military kind of business as I could. I ended up managing a small music store that sold guitars, pianos, school band instruments, sheet music, and accessories. One of the sheet music items that we absolutely could not keep in stock was the book (with tabs) of Nirvana's "Unplugged" album. All my young guitar students wanted to learn the songs from it. Well, EBay has the exact model that Kurt Cobain played on that album and tour. It's not the actual guitar--the actual guitar sold on auction for something like six million dollars! But for a fraction of that cost (a mere $67,000) you can have one just like it.  The guitar is a 1959 Martin D-18 with two factory-installe

1970s Epiphone ET-280 Bass

This is the companion bass to the Epiphone ET-270. That particular guitar languished through the speed metal Eighties until Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain appeared playing one. All of a sudden, grunge music fans wanted them again. Unfortunately, the bass in that series didn’t enjoy the same resurgence in popularity. That’s a shame. The ET-280 is a unique-feeling short-scale bass. It has a fat, substantial neck with big frets on its rosewood fingerboard. The budget tuners do a good job of keeping things rock solid. The bridge is adjustable, but you have to watch the action height. Too low and the string will make contact with the long  screw! The finish is nothing to write home about. Most of the ones you find are red, but I have seen clones by other Japanese manufacturers that were sunburst.  The pickups is where the story is with this instrument. The pickups are almost microphonic in their chrome covers. The bridge or neck pickup alone are kind of bland, but when you put the selector in the mi