To record Polly, Kurt used an old Stella guitar that he bought second hand for $31.23. "It barely stays in tune, I have to use duct tape to hold the tuning keys in place." said Kurt.
At some point in the Stella’s history, the steel strings had been replaced with six nylon strings, only five of which were intact during the session.
Butch Vig wanted him to use a better guitar, but Kurt said ‘No, this is the sound, this dark sound’. It had a plucky, almost ukulele sound Butch remembers.
top - the only photo of Kurt playing the Stella I can find.
bottom - the receipt for the Stella
"The vest says, ‘let’s do lunch,’" but the culottes say ‘you’re paying.’"
“This may shock you, but yr letter touched me alot & this was one of his favorite guitars when they delivered all of them the other day I felt so horrible, Kurt loved, more than anything, that kids liked his music and i just felt him over my shoulder when i read your letter-Kurt is left handed so you have to have the guitar professionally turned around or simply restring it-Good Luck
Courtney love gives fan one of kurts infamous modified aqua blue mustangs. No date was given when this happened, though i’d assume months after Kurt’s death.