Fender Jag-Stang: A re-release of Kurt Cobain’s odd guitar

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Fender Jag-Stang: A re-release of Kurt Cobain’s odd guitar

Fender Jag-Stang guitars resting on a drum kit
Words by Sam McNiece

With all the original specs in tact.

With the 30th anniversary of Nevermind approaching, Fender have decided to reissue Kurt Cobain’s famous Jag-Stang hybrid oddity. The Nirvana lead signer and guitarist had the idea to mesh the two guitars (which were his favourites) together to create this strange looking guitar.

What you need to know:

  • Fender have released the Kurt Cobain Jag-Stang guitar in light of the 30th anniversary of Nevermind.
  • The guitar, which is part Jaguar, part Mustang, comes in two colours with both left and right handed versions available.
  • The reissue of the guitar which was released in 1995 features all the same specs as the original to honour Cobain’s creation.

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The Fender Jag-Stang takes elements from the Jaguar and Mustang guitar models and fuses them together, as per Kurt Cobain’s specifications (see image below). The guitar has a 24″ scale length with a 7.25″ radius rosewood fingerboard and vintage-style single-coil and custom humbucking pickups. The alder body, which is one of the most common Fender tonewoods, is present here with the guitar available in the original Fiesta Red and Sonic Blue colourways.

“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 Kurt Cobain in a 1994 Fender Frontline interview.“The Jag-Stang is the closest thing I know.”

Kurt Cobain drawing of the Fender Jag-Stang prototype

The Fender Jag-Stang was originally designed by Kurt alongside the Fender Custom Shop just before his untimely passing in 1994.

“When we took a look at the sketches Kurt Cobain had drawn up for his dream guitar, we were impressed by how intricate his design was. We honored the original model-all the specs on the new Jag-Stang areas they were. Nothing new was done to it, we really wanted to keep it aligned with Kurt’s vision” said Justin Norvell, EVP of Fender Products.

The models, which are available in both left and right handed versions are retailing for AU$2,299 (US$1,249.99).

Check out the Fender Jag-Stang on their website.