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  • Best amp for Nirvana sounds???

    Hey, I'm looking to get a new amp, and am wondering what would be the best option to help me sound like my guitar hero, Kurt Cobain from Nirvana.

    Currently I am using a Fender Champion 110 with a DS-1. What would be a good upgrade for me???
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  • #2
    well Cobain had a preamp and used PA power amps and I think they were Crown if i'm not mistaken. That type of tone shouldn't be all that hard to cop I would think.
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    • #3
      if i'm not mistaken it was a mesa rack preamp but I can't remember for sure. I'm sure if you google Nirvana gear you could find out.
      my clips: www.soundclick.com/angrygodsoftheradio-JSXJCM800


      My fingers, PRS and Taylor guitars, Budda, Fryette and Orange amps, Genz Benz cabs, Line6 effects and wireless, various dirt and fuzz boxes.

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      • #4
        I would go with a Fender tube combo like something from the Hotrod series or a Twin Reverb. That along with you DS-1 will get you pretty close to the Cobain sound. He's used this combo in the studio. Live he used Mesa Studio preamps into Crown power amps into Marshall 4x12s.
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        • #5
          just fart into an SM57
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            • #7
              you just need any distortion pedal plugged into any amp
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              • #8
                MattACaster is right - look for a Fender tube combo (anything..really), and use a Boss distortion.
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                • #9
                  Are you talking live sound or studio sound? A lot of the studio sound had to do with the production (each album had a significant vibe to it; Bleach had garage-type production, Nevermind had a nice slick guitar sound to it, and In Utero was its own bag with Steve Albini behind the desk).

                  Our band does a lot of Nirvana-type sound - my other guitar player is a huge Nirvana fan...he has a p.o.s. Fender Stage 90, sounds like a buzzsaw cutting through. However for feedback mania and other stuff like that, it's an okay amp. I think basically any Marshall amp should get you in the ballpark.



                  Originally posted by warplanegrey
                  just fart into an SM57



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                  • #10
                    Guitar > Sans Amp pedal > Mesa Studio Pre > Crown Power > Marshall (and/or) Mesa Cabs.......



                    Note: Studio was set for clean tones, and used the Sansamp for distortion.....

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                    • #11
                      120 watt fender twin from the 80s and a boss DS-2 for dirt. Super Distortion in the bridge pickup of jazzmaster will get you there.

                      He used the crown and studio pre on nevermind (later changed to Crest 4801), the fender twin was used on the bleech and In Utero. A very simple set-up. Twin, DS-1 or 2, and a small stone.

                      He also preferred V30 loaded cabs.
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                      • #12
                        From what I've read, it's some thing like this:

                        Fender guitar with JB in bridge > Mesa Studio Pre > Crown SS amp > Marshall 4x12

                        Kurt used a DS-1 on Nevermind and a DS-2 on In Utero

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by warplanegrey
                          just fart into an SM57




                          I concur
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by gunslinger
                            Guitar > Sans Amp pedal > Mesa Studio Pre > Crown Power > Marshall (and/or) Mesa Cabs.......



                            Note: Studio was set for clean tones, and used the Sansamp for distortion.....


                            correct, except he used crest power amps later.

                            he used the ds1 in the first half of nirvana, ten a ds2 in the second half.
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                            • #15
                              I wanna say it was a Fender Bassman amp with a DS-1

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