Few artists in music history can be credited with changing the industry nearly overnight and continuing to influence music culture three decades after the height of their popularity. Kurt Cobain and his bandmates in Nirvana appeared on the scene in the early ‘90s as generational talents who combined raucous, heavy tones, punk-infused energy and melodic hooks to create a sound that quickly attracted millions of fans and established grunge and alternative rock as a genre with legitimate mainstream appeal.
Although Kurt was seen playing a variety of Fender guitars over the years, his Fender Jaguar® and Mustang® remain the most iconic due to their use on the “Nevermind” tour and “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video. Kurt designed the Jag-Stang® to combine his favorite elements of both instruments and brought it to life with help from the Fender Custom Shop in 1993.
Commemorating the 30th anniversary of Nirvana’s seminal record “Nevermind,” this Jag-Stang comes equipped with the same features that made it Kurt’s ideal instrument. The alder body delivers a punchy tone perfect for big power chords, the 24” short-scale reduces string tension for easier playing, and the 7.25” radius rosewood fingerboard with maple neck has a comfortable feel that won’t fatigue your hands when chording. The vintage-style single-coil and custom humbucking pickups are perfect for recreating Kurt’s classic tones, while the Mustang slider switches provide the flexibility to dial in four distinct settings for a variety of in or out-of-phase tones.
Taking aspects of both the Jaguar and the Mustang models, the Jag-Stang is a perfect balance of both models. Sculpted from alder, the lower half of the body is reflective of the Jaguar whilst the cutaways reflect both instruments. The alder body provides a brilliantly balanced tone to the guitar, maintaining high frequencies and offering room for lows to really boom, something necessary in Nirvana’s style. The H-S pickup configuration is often featured on both models, providing a crisp twang from the custom Jag-Stang single coil and a deeper and fuller sound from the custom humbucker at the bridge. Employing pickup controls which are often associated with the Fender Mustang, adjusting the tone to your preference has never been easier.
The Jag-Stang is built with performance in mind. A sculpted slim “C” maple neck guarantees a comfortable grip, reducing any strain and extending the time you can spend performing. Fronted with a silky-smooth rosewood fretboard, the Jag-Stang almost plays itself, offering cushioned fretting and a gentle surface to glide across providing speed and accurate picking. With 22 vintage sized frets available on the fretboard, the guitar has an abundance of room to accurately position your fingers, whilst maintaining a slightly more compact neck scale as opposed to a 24-fret guitar. A vintage style six-saddle Mustang tremolo bridge offers freedom to express yourself whilst also ensuring tuning stability, further enforced by the Vintage style tuning machines.
Genre-defining, cultural icon and musical revolutionary are all terms that have been used to describe Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Appearing on the scene in 1989, at the tail end of the hardcore punk and metal eras, and clearly influenced by these genres, Nirvana released debut album ‘Bleach’ to critical acclaim but very little commercial success. Almost overnight, Kurt and Nirvana became international superstars with their release of sophomore album ‘Nevermind’ in September 1991. Originally expected to achieve a sales number of 250,000 records, it was soon clear that this was a huge miscalculation, with the album being certified platinum in November of the same year.
Kurt captivated a generation with his dissonant and disorganised guitar playing, thrashing power chords throughout songs, and performing soaring but clumsy guitar solos. Butch Vig, producer of Nevermind, is quoted as saying “He had a kind of primal instinct for playing the guitar”, so even though Kurt wasn’t the most virtuosic, his natural ability and song writing gave him the prestige in alternative rock to be a modern guitar idol.
Colour: Sonic Blue
Country of Origin: MX
Product Code: 0141030372
Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
Body Material: Alder
Body Shape: Jag-Stang
Neck & Fretboard
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 7.25" (184.1 mm)
Neck Construction: 4-Bolt Standard
Neck Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Shape: Slim "C"
Number of Frets: 22
Nut Material: Synthetic Bone
Nut Width: 1.575" (40mm)
Position Inlays: White Pearloid Dot
Side Dots: White
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Hardware & Electronics
Bridge: 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Mustang Tremolo
Control Knobs: Vintage Style Black Plastic Jazz Bass®
Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt
Pickguard: 4-Ply Aged White Pearloid
Pickup Covers: White
Strap Buttons: Vintage-Style
Strings: Fender® USA 250R Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges), PN 0730250406
Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style
Bridge Pickup: Jag-Stang Humbucking
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Neck Pickup: Jag-Stang Single-Coil
Pickup Configuration: HS
Switching: 2 3-Position Pickup On/Off-In/Out Phase Slide Switches