Nirvana producer and Garbage drummer Butch Vig revealed the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain‘s equipment during the recording of their monumental album Nevermind during an interview with Guitar Magazine.
Nevermind is the second and most iconic album of the legendary band Nirvana which was released on September 24, 1991, and produced by Butch Vig. Widely characterized by its polished and cleaner sound, the album was a departure from the band’s rawer debut album Bleach.
Nevermind became an unexpected critical and commercial success after it reached number one on the ‘US Billboard 200’ list. During this time it was selling approximately 300,000 copies a week. The lead single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and three other successful singles, ‘Come as You Are,’ ‘Lithium,’ and ‘In Bloom’ made the album a memorable classic
During a recent interview, producer Butch Vig revealed Kurt Cobain’s equipment during the recording of their iconic album Nevermind, apparently, Cobain has a Mesa/Boogie, RAT, and Small Clone.
Here is what Vig said:
“I think when we did ‘Nevermind,’ Kurt had a Mesa/Boogie, and I rented a Vox AC30 because, as I said, I love the clear tones on those. I also rented a Fender Bassman. We had one at Smart Studios that we used all the time. One of the engineers called Doug Wilson had modified it. I don’t know what he did, but it was the fattest, crunchiest, thickest guitar tone.
So I rented one in LA when we did Nevermind, and although it didn’t sound quite the same, we used that on Lithium and for some of the really heavy tones as the main guitar amp. And we only used a couple of pedals. Kurt had a Big Muff.
And I think I had a Russian Big Muff, which is, you know, very close. And he had a RAT. And then he had a Small Clone, which is sort of the watery effect on Teen Spirit in the verses. Come As You Are as well. But that was it; a pretty simple setup, really.”
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