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Old 01.03.06, 7:23 AM
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Question Nirvana (Kurt Cobain) Effects Pedals on Smells Like Tenn Spirit

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

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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.
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Old 01.03.06, 9:00 AM
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Re: Nirvana (Kurt Cobain) Effects Pedals on Smells Like Tenn Spirit

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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...
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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.
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www.kurtsequipment.com

everything about his stuff, pretty good site for a nirvana/cobain fan.
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www.kurtsequipment.com

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