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Fender Kurt Cobain Signature Jaguar Electric Guitar 3 Color Sunburst 

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  • Series: Artist
  • Body Shape: Jaguar®
  • Body Material: Alder
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One of Fender's most distinctive signature models ever.

The Kurt Cobain Jaguar® is meticulously modeled on the battered and highly unusual 1965 Jaguar that Cobain wielded during the heady early-’90s era when Nirvana ruled rock and led a musically stunning and culturally subversive movement. Fender craftsmen have reproduced Cobain’s battle-hardened Jaguar down to the last unusual detail, including its worn finish, dual humbucking pickups and unique electronics and controls (which were already in place when Kurt acquired the guitar in summer 1991).

Unique features include an alder body with Road Worn aged finish and hardware treatment, bound fretboard with pearloid dot markers, Stratocaster headstock shape with 1950s-style “spaghetti” logo, DiMarzio® humbucking DP103 PAF 36th Anniversary neck pickup and DP100 Super Distortion bridge pickup, triple knurled “chrome-dome” knob configuration (volume-volume-tone),three-position toggle switch, black chrome Adjusto-Matic™ bridge and Gotoh® sealed tuners.

Includes a black textured vinyl hardshell Fender case and an exclusive Fender Kurt Cobain book with photos and commentary by Charles Peterson and an insightful interview with Nirvana guitar tech Earnie Bailey.

Features

  • Series: Artist
  • Body Shape: Jaguar®
  • Body Material: Alder
  • Body Finish: Gloss Lacquer
  • Neck: Maple, "C" Shape
  • Neck Finish: Gloss Urethane
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
  • Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo
  • Position Inlays: Pearloid Dot Position Inlays
  • Scale Length: 24" (61 cm)
  • Nut Width: 1.650” (42 mm)
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Truss Rod: Original Vintage Style
  • Pickups: DiMarzio® DP100 Super Distortion Humbucking Pickup (Bridge)
  • DiMarzio® PAF DP-103 36th Anniversary Humbucking Pickup
  • (Neck)
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and
  • Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Aux Switching: 2-Position On/Off Slide Switch for Switching Between "Lead" and
  • "Rhythm" Circuits
  • Controls: Lead Circuit Controls (Slide Switch Down): Volume (Neck), Volume
  • (Bridge), Master Tone; Rhythm Circuit Controls (Slide Switch Up):
  • Two Thumbwheel Controls for Neck Pickup Volume and Tone
  • Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Gotoh® Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
  • Bridge: Adjusto-Matic™ Bridge with Vintage Style "Floating" Tremolo
  • Tailpiece and Tremolo Lock Button
  • Control Knobs: Knurled Chrome Dome
  • Pickguard: 4-Ply Tortoise Shell
  • Strings: Fender® USA, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
  • Incl. Accessories: Exclusive Fender Kurt Cobain Book featuring photography by
  • Charles Peterson
  • Unique Features: Stratocaster® Headstock; Volume, Volume, Tone Control
  • Configuration; Toggle Pickup Selector Switch; Adjusto-Matic™
  • Includes case

Order now and get this real-deal signature model.

 
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FenderKurt Cobain Signature Jaguar Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (3)
    • Practicing (3)

    Reviewed by 7 customers

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Such heft. Much sound. Wow.

    By effyezall

    from Salt Lake City, UT

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Fender Kurt Cobain Signature Jaguar Electric Guitar:

      The neck feel like a baseball bat. The whole thing feels like a hefty weapon. I could beat someone with it if I needed to- and that's an important feature in a guitar. Also, it looks like it was made out of a bowling alley, which is another huge plus. The pickups are top-notch, and the switches are wonky and eccentric. It rings like a bell and growls like your mom. Buy one.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Powerful

      By Silvercrowes

      from Winston-Salem, NC

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Kurt Cobain Signature Jaguar Electric Guitar:

          I've had to have this guitar exchanged once already because it was shipped with a lot of rust on the pickups, bridge, and screws.

          It has such a strong sound that the playing it on a clean channel sounds like distortion is on, not in an overpowering way though.

          It is a great looking guitar. The most noticeable reproduction scratch marks are on the back and it is really amazing how they duplicated it from Cobains guitar. The only one that bugs me a little bit is a chip on the back of the neck around the first fret that you can feel with your thumb.

          Comes with a solid locking case and just an amazing sounding guitar whether you're a fan of Nirvana or not.

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          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Almost...

          By Livlos

          from Montreal, Canada

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Great Replica
          • Short scale
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Bad Fret Work
          • Made In Mexico
          • Really Bad Set Up

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Kurt Cobain Signature Jaguar Electric Guitar:

          I bought this mostly because I'm a HUGE Nirvana fan and have wanted a Jaguar like Kurt's since I was a kid and Nirvana first came out. Despite the fact this thing was made in Mexico..and I avoid Mexican made guitars like the pox...I decided to give this thing a shot. After going to every store I finally found one that didnt have a warped neck or shoddy electronics. After taking the entire thing apart and fully redoing the set up...I LOVE this thing. I have small hands so the shorter scale is great. This thing sounds amazing and plays great once set up correctly and the neck straightened (they all seem to ship with a bad front bow). My only negative that I cannot fix easily is the bad fret work, the frets stick out past the binding and have a very sharp edge to them.

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          (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love so complete, my gf's jealous

          By Thegrungeisdog

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender Kurt Cobain Signature Jaguar Electric Guitar:

            O.K., so I'm going to start off by saying that I've dreamed of this guitar since I was 16 (I'm now 27). I can't remember a time when I didn't study Kurt's Jaguar. I've tried to find a guitar that could easily replicate it, searching all over California and Japan, to no avail. Then, one chilly December morn, what did I run into while scouring the musiciansfriend website. YUP! The Jaguar, in all of its glory! It took me several months of staring blankly at the screen and a lot of encouragement from my girlfriend before I worked up the courage (and the cash!) to purchase my dream. When it arrived, I was seized with a euphoria that could only be matched to religious epiphanies, a kind word from a loved one, the birth of a first born, or watching your favorite team make it to the grand Show. It took some time for the strings to finally settle into place. But once that occured, the pleasure, the sheer esctasy, of playing could not be matched! The electronics are solid. The size of the neck is amazing (I have huge bass-player hands). And the look and feel of it...I can't even describe, you just have to experience it!!

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            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fantastic Guitar - Plagued by Early Production Problems

            Comments about Fender Kurt Cobain Signature Jaguar Electric Guitar:

            I love the guitar, it's well worth the $$$ but I would have to suggest waiting a year or two to pick one up until Fender works through some problems that have occured from rushing these guitars out for the 20th anniversary of Nevermind.
            Being an enormous fan of Nirvana and the entire Grunge revolution, this is the perfect guitar to capture the spirit of that era. You get the fabulous lines of the Jaguar with the added bite of Humbuckers. The vibrato is classic, the added electronics and modifications are all very functional add-ons to the classic design and the road wear looks phenomenal as well.
            Despite my love of this guitar, I really feel I should warn people about all the problems I've had. I bought it new, direct from Fender, and it came with a completely non-functional neck pickup. The customer service people suggested a guitar tech to help me at no charge. It took several weeks of waiting to get the right part due to the fact that the guitar is new, a lot of the road-worn parts don't even have part numbers yet. After about a weeks worth of playing, I started to have enormous problems with the tail-piece. I'm fully aware of the common problems with the Jaguar tail-piece but this was way beyond the normal chiming. Again, Fender covered the work the guitar has required, but these problems have been a real hassle. It seems to me that Fender really rushed the guitar out to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Nevermind.
            It's a bit pricey, but it's an amazing guitar, and a great piece of rock history that could easily be on display as just an art piece tribute to one of rock's greatest songwriters.

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            (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A true masterpiece, Kurt Cobain Jaguar

            By Jack Hartley

            from outside of Philadelphia

            Comments about Fender Kurt Cobain Signature Jaguar Electric Guitar:

            There are some haters of this guitar because it is made in Mexico, it is not 100% accurate, and that it is something that would probably never have happened if Kurt were still alive. He bought his American made vintage Jaguar out of necessity, not because it was "cool". He wanted a well made Fender and these were very inexpensive at the time of his purchase. That being said, WOW!!! This guitar is absolutely amazing. Attention to detail is an understatement. It looks feels and smells like a 45 year old guitar. (with new frets) The pictures DO NOT do this justice. There are all of the nicks, scratches blemishes that Kurt's much loved Jaguar had around the Nevermind era. The pickups are amazing. I am a Seymour Duncan user myself and I really am going to consider Di Marzios in future guitar alterations. They really sound awesome. The sustain is really stepped up a notch from most Fenders I have, I dont know what they did to achieve this but it is remarkable. This Jaguar is very versatile, of course you can get Nirvana sounds out of it, but thats not all. I easily get Alice in Chains, Metallica, Led Zepplin etc... sounds out of her. If I roll back the volume it cuts the humbucking beefiness to a more classic almost single coilish sound. These are fairly hard to find in person to touch, see and hear without making a commitment to buy via the internet. If you stumble upon one like I did, I believe you will fall in love with it like I did and have to have it. Great companies like Musicians Friend offer a satisfaction guarantee, so you can't really lose. These won't be made forever, so dont pass up your opportunity to own a replica of the instrument that helped define a generation, "grunge" as some call it, a relatively new chapter in rock and roll history.

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            (13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Don't knock it until you try it!!!

            By Strat10

            from New York

            Comments about Fender Kurt Cobain Signature Jaguar Electric Guitar:

            Overall? Best investment I'm made in an instrument next to my 64' Jag. Nirvana was the band that I enjoyed my late teen years to, and Nevermind is one of the few albums of that pre-grunge era that I LOVE every song. The Cobain Jaguar caught my eye back in 91' and I've thought of having a reissue converted for the last 16yrs. I always wanted a replica of it.

            I came close to a conversion project around a year ago and I'm so glad I didn't. It's an awesome guitar. It's solid, it looks just like Kurt at Reading, it looks 99% like that 65', the sound is right on, and people looking for that Nirvana sound can now attain it PERFECTLY. Fender really went all out with this guitar and kept the price down from the typical prices LE player guitars.

            My only bug-a-boo (and not really a bug-a-boo) is the Strat headstock. Personally I like a pre-65' Starat head more-so than the big headstocks but it's one thing not period correct. Looks cooler though. I've heard Kurt changed out the neck on his beloved 65' with a Strat headstock. Not sure on that one but I heard that. I saw a picture ONCE where he had the guitar and it did look like a smaller head on it. Another FYI I was told... the reason the Jaguar decal isn't larger like norm (the Jaguar is small like a pre-65' Strat) is because old left handed guitars back then generally just had Fender on them without a model name on them. I guess rather than not put Jaguar on it at all they just did a tiny one.

            Thank you Fender... I thought this guitar would sit a lot but now my Strat has been cased for the last 3 weeks
            First off the features are as described on Fender's website, and this as close to the 65' Jaguar that Cobain used as a primary guitar during the 91'-92' Nevermind era. You gotta love the toggle versus the much annoying switches on the lower "horn".

            The Jap Jaguars are urethaned wheras the Cobain Jaguar has the period correct nitrocellulose finish. I'll take the sound of nitroed alder vs polyurethaned. Much better wood resonation. It's aged up nicely (much better that the Road Worn series) and every one I've seen has been identical with belt buckle stripping, knicks, and dents. There's some checking and that aged finish looks like a beautifully unaltered vintage 65'. The job rivels some Custom Shop light relics that I've seen up close & personal. The metal is aged up perfectly and in no way "overdone"... and again, it looks like it's suppose to... like Kurt's Jaguar in 91'.

            This is a Kurt Cobain 1965 Fender Jaguar Limited Edition that was meant to look like the guitar used in the nevermind era... this guitar is another release celebrating Nevermind's 20th. Kurt was the musician that made Mustangs and jaguars go to where they are nowadays but nobody had an altered guitar like Kurt. It was a one of a kind from another inspired musician that saw that a Jaguar could look & sound mean. I wouldn't want a NOS version for which there was only one of these... you can't have NOS if there was no stock, right?
            I own a 95' Japanese Jaguar and I would say construction on both are both somewhat comparable with much more attention paid to the newer Cobain version. The Cobain Jaguar has "a better fit" to it's many parts. My Jap Jaguar plays fine but you can see how it was rushed without any real quality control going into it... at least for the the asthetics. The pickguard for instance had the pickup holed cut poorly and needed trimming as it was pushing down on the neck pickup... which it did out of the box. Also the metal accents on the Jap Jag reissue seemed either recessed, too high, or it had gaps. The Cobain model is smooth and everything is leveled out as they should be fitting together like puzzle pieces. It looks like my 64'. I've given it a few hours of bang-up time playing and the guitar is solid and sounds GREAT. I hooked it up to Kurt's favorite Boss DS-1 along with a DOD Flanger and I could get the pure nevermind sound. Good job Fender!!!
            The price for a Mexican assembled guitar it would seem pretty pricey to most... especially if you've never held & played it. For a Limited Edition player guitar it isn't bad... So IMHO for the retail price and overall great quality of the KC Jaguar I would say it's well worth it, and it's also an investment. In this day and age there's not a lot to be said about Mexican vs American assembly line manufacturing (obviously not counting Fender CS guitars)... in a nutshell it doesn't matter much. Lately I tell people to get yourself a Standard Strat vs an American Standard. I own both of those and generally put CS pickups in them so guitar construction from what I've seen is the same. These things are all pre-wired and don't take too much anyways... it's all assemblyline

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