Marking the 30th anniversary of the release of Nevermind, Fender has recreated Kurt Cobain’s custom Stang guitar.
When Nirvana released its influential record Nevermind, it helped defined an entire music genre, and much of that impact was due to the talents of frontman Kurt Cobain. One of the most influential rock musicians of all time, Cobain was a creative force to be reckoned with, delivering generation-defining anthems from the band’s first album Bleach to its final release, In Utero. The heartfelt vocals, distorted power chords and raw energy of Cobain’s music launched the grunge movement and inspired countless other artists for years to come.
Now fellow rock legend Fender has created the Kurt Cobain Jag-Stang guitar, commemorating the 30th anniversary of Nevermind with a reissue of the legendary performer’s own custom model, which included a combination of his favourite elements from his Fender Jaguar and Mustang guitars.
The Jag-Stang guitar — designed by Cobain himself — combined his favourite elements of each of these guitars into a custom Fender creation and the new Kurt Cobain Jag-Stang guitar’s design genesis can be traced back to Cobain’s personal journals, which were filled with photo collages and drawings of his idea for a hybrid of the Jaguar and Mustang guitars.
These detailed sketches of Cobain’s dream axe, drawn in 1993, have been brought to life in this 2021 revival, which has been built to Cobain’s meticulous specifications, using vintage-style single-coil and custom humbucking pickups, a 24-inch scale length that gives the guitar a feel and playability that is characteristic of the Mustang guitar, and of course, the iconic body shape.
Available in both right and left-handed models to honour the legendary left-handed player, the Kurt Cobain Jag-Stang fits all of his playing preferences for those looking to emulate his iconic stage style. “Ever since I started playing, I’ve always liked certain things about certain guitars but could never find the perfect mix of everything I was looking for,” said the late Cobain in a 1994 Fender Frontline interview. “The Jag-Stang is the closest thing I know.”
The Kurt Cobain Jag-Stang guitar comes in Fiesta Red and Sonic Blue finishes and all the specs on the new Jag-Stang are as they were in Kurt’s original model, honouring his creation. The guitar features an alder body, 24-inch short scale length and a 7.25-inch radius rosewood fingerboard. Additionally, the vintage-style single-coil and custom humbucking pickups and slider switches provide the flexibility to dial in four distinct settings for a variety of in or out-of-phase tones – perfect for replicating Kurt’s punchy guitar sounds.
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