Nirvana's gear has been documented in depth by Live Nirvana and Kurt's Equipment:

Kurt Cobain
Krist Novoselic
Dave Grohl
Pat Smear
Chad Channing
Jason Everman

Below is a rundown of the band's live gear circa 1993, sourced largely from the aforementioned sites and partially sourced from Guitar Geek.

Kurt Cobain

  • Guitars: Fender Jag-Stang (Sonic Blue); Fender Mustang (Fiesta Red); Fender Mustang (Sonic Blue); various Fender Stratocasters (black); Univox Hi-Flier (sunburst)
  • Effects: Boss DS-2 > Tech 21 SansAmp > EHX Poly Chorus > EHX Small Clone
  • Amps: MESA/Boogie Studio Preamp / Crest 4801 power amp > 8 Marshall 4x12 cabs (w/ Celestion V30s)
  • Other: GHS Boomers (10-52); Dunlop Tortex picks (.60mm)

Krist Novoselic

  • Basses: 2 '70s Gibson RD Artists (black); 2 '70s Gibson Rippers (black); 2 '70s Gibson Rippers (natural); 3-4 Ibanez Black Eagle 2609Bs (black)
  • Effects: Pro Co RAT
  • Amps: '70s Hiwatt DR103 Custom 100 (hot-rodded to 200W w/ EI KT90 tubes) > Ampeg SVT 8x10 cabs
  • Other: Rotosound Swing Bass 66 strings (45-105)

Dave Grohl

  • Drums: Tama Artstar II: 16x24" kick, 16x18" floor, 14x15" rack, and 8x14" Superstar birch snare
  • Cymbals: Zildjian A Series Medium: 15" hats, 18" and 20" crashes, 22" ride
  • Other: Remo heads (Pinstripes on tom batters; Clear Ambassadors on tom resos; Clear Powerstroke II on kick batter; Ebony Ambassador on kick reso); Aquarian heads (Hi-Energys on snare); Regal Tip 5B and Aquarian Power-Sleeve 2B sticks (held upside-down); DW 5000 Turbo pedals; Tama hardware

Pat Smear

  • Guitars: Charvel Stratocaster (natural); various Fender Stratocasters (black); Fender Stratocaster (blue); Hagström HIIN (red); Hagström I (blue); Hagström III (black); Hagström XII (black); Mosrite Mark V (blue)
  • Effects: Boss DS-2; DOD Chorus; EHX Small Clone; EHX Memory Man; MXR Distortion+; Pro Co Turbo RAT; Tech 21 SansAmp
  • Amps: MESA/Boogie Studio .22 Preamp / Crest 4801 power amp > 4 Marshall 4x12 cabs (w/ Celestion 75s)
  • Other: Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinkys (9-42)
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