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Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar

12 September 2011 Leave a comment

About, bloody, time.

In my alter-ego persona as a mild-mannered, guitar-repair guy, about half of the times I get a call about a Jaguar, it’s someone with a stock model asking about modding it to make it all Cobainy.

Well now, they don’t need to. Fender have gone and done it already.

The Kurt Cobain signature Jaguar is a replica of the ’65 Jag that Cobain played with Nirvana. It’s been reliced too, to capture some of the original’s vibe.

Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar

As you’d expect, it’s got a pair of DiMarzio humbuckers shoved in there, with a three-way, Gibson-style toggle to select them. The Gibson vibe of Cobain’s Fender is continued with the tun-o-matic style bridge. Three chrome-dome knobs take care of volume and tone (individual volume for each pickup). Incidentally, the Rhythm Circuit works as normal if you’re a fan of such things.

The rosewood fingerboard is bound and, at the end of the neck, a Strat headstock with a spaghetti logo is loaded with Gotoh tuners.

This appears to be a pretty tasty guitar and the ageing/wear has been nicely handled (something that isn’t the case across the Fender range in my opinion).

It’s pitched at a MSRP of $1,850 (US) but you’ll likely find it for a better price than that.

As I read the release information, part of me was hoping that Fender, in an attack of vicious irony would only offer it in right-handed but it’s available for lefties too. I’m a little disappointed.

More at Fender.

Oh, and if you’ve got a stock model Jag, I can probably mod it for less than $1850. A bit less, anyway.

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