Epiphone ET 270 inbound (Nirvana fans?)

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  1. bendercaster

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    I found this 70s MIJ Epiphone at my local GC today. It is an ET 270, which Google tells me Kurt Cobain played in the early days of Nirvana. It is a killer guitar. The single coils are P90ish and it has a cool bass boost circuit that fattens everything up. It is still on a pawn hold until later this week so I couldn't take it home, but I put a deposit down to hold it.

    The frets are a little low (with a few high spots) so I have to think about if It is really worth it, but it has been a while since a guitar that I don't already have excited me (I already have my top three--a telecaster, a Les Paul Jr., And Gretsch Duo Jet). It just sounds so good, looks cool, and has a fat, comfy neck.
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    BINGO! congratulations , a really nice shape of red.
     
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    You should totally pick it up. Tell the manager about the flaws and see if he could work a deal with ya. Just play all of Bleach when you get it!
     
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    Yeah, I dig it. It doesn't show in my photo very well but it is a cherry sunburst. The photo below isn't mine, but it's a better representation. 1975-epiphone-et-270-cherry-1-qrnr3sO.jpg
     
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    And then, of course, there is this:
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    There is an Epiphone just like yours at the Hardrock cafe where it is billed as being Kurt's
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    Except it simply can't be because...
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    I had one of those way back in the 70s. Didn't bond with it at all, and I sent it down the road. At the time, my #1 was a 60s Epiphone Coronet, so I might have been a little spoiled.

    I don't even really remember what happened to the 270, just that it was gone almost as soon as I got it.

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    That one could have been Cobain's. I do know that Nirvana got into a habit of smashing gear once they got the big record deal and they were replacing gear on just about a weekly basis. Maybe that one somehow avoided the carnage.

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    Or it's a signer, a guitar that the Hardrock cafe got. they walked up to Kurt and said "Could you please sign this?"
     
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    My avatar guitar came with those pickups. A2 magnets with a copper base plate and screw poles. The pickup's coil is shaped like a Tele Bridge pickup, but a little bigger. It gets Tele bridge tones and P90 tones. My bridge pickup was 9.8k and the neck pickup was right at 9k and they were extremely microphonic. Not a bad thing in a solid body, but the squealed like a stuck pig in this hollow body guitar. I ended up putting the in my Strat-O-Rez build and had to use Dog Ear P90 covers since mine were all cracked up. These pickups sound great in the right guitar.
     

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    Thanks for the info on the pickups. That is the big draw for me. I typically gig with a Tele and a LP Jr., and tonally, I think this will fit right in with those.

    I can pick it up on Thursday, but I'm still a little torn. As I mentioned, It will need some fret work, sooner than later, and may even need a refret.
     
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    Big, big fan of those Matsumoku 3-piece necks!
    The frets tend to be pretty skimpy, though.

    If the pickups squeal, wax pot 'em.

    It's not too hard if you're not scared to take them out in the first place.

    Keep us updated!
     
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    plus - he was a lefty
     
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    Kurt’s was a righty flipped around.

    But the hard rock one is something else. Obviously not the one he used, and I’ve never seen anything to suggest he had more than one.
     
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    Since the magnets are bar magnets, you can change them to something else if you want without a big issue.
     
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    Wiseguy.
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    I picked it up on Thursday. I have 72 hours to decide if I want to keep it. Despite it's issues, I'm going to hang onto it. The neck is solid and worth having the work done I think. It kind of reminds me of 60s fender neck, but with a little shorter scale.

    The trem arm is missing, and as I understand it, the threading isn't standard. Fortunately, my local music store has a shoe box full if old trem arms, so I'm going to take the guitar over there today and see if I can find one that works.
     
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    How much did you pay for it?
     
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    It looks quite similar to an Aria Diamond 1803T that has been stalled on my workbench for far too long.

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