Category Archives: Fender

Auction for Kurt Cobain’s Custom Fender Mustang (1993) – CLOSED – Winning Bid: $340,000

[Update 10/27: This auction has closed with a winning bid of $340,000 USD.]

One of Kurt Cobain’s custom built Fender Mustangs is up for auction at Julien’s Auctions. This guitar was built by Scott Zimmerman in 1993 and includes a letter from him detailing the creation process of the ’93-’94 Mustangs.

This guitar was originally gifted to Bobby Costello and then went on to be displayed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame from 2002-2011. (more info HERE)

Starting bid is $75,000. Winning bid is $340,000.

Link to auction listing: https://www.julienslive.com/m/lot-details/index/catalog/313/lot/124816

We are archiving the photos and text of the listing for historical purposes in the event the original web site removes the info. (below from julienslive.com)

A left-handed Fender Mustang guitar in turquoise with red mottled pickguard, custom built for Kurt Cobain in 1993. Serial number PO13572. The headstock has a small stamp that reads “Offset Contour Body Patented.” The guitar was built by Scott Zimmerman, who was contacted by Fender Guitar’s artist relations manager in 1993 because the Fender Custom shop was not equipped to build left-handed Mustangs at the time. According to an accompanying letter from Zimmerman, he worked with FujiGen, a major Japanese instrument factory, to build this guitar. Ten guitars at a minimum had to be ordered with FujiGen, and this specific one was shipped on October 22, 1993. Only the two guitars shipped on that date have the “Offset Contour Body Patented” stamp. Accompanied by a handwritten letter signed by Courtney Love Cobain on her personal stationery, stating in part that this was one of Kurt’s favorite guitars when they delivered all of them; a hardshell case; and images of the guitar while on exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. While on exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a fan jumped over the barrier and stole two of the knobs off the guitar. The museum replaced the two knobs that exist now with exact knobs.

EXHIBITED Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio, 2002-2011

New Fender Vintera Series Guitar Range

Today Fender has announced a new range of vintage inspired Mexican made guitars. The models represented in this new range are the Stratocaster®, Telecaster®, Jaguar®, Mustang®, Jazzmaster®, Jazz Bass®, Precision Bass® and Mustang Bass and the decades represented are the 50s, 60s, and 70s. The prices range from $899.99 to $1149.99. (US Dollars)

The guitars that jag-stang.com visitors will most likely be interested in are the 60s Jaguar, 60s Mustang, and 60s Jazzmaster. (see photos in this post)

There are also ‘modified’ versions of the 60s Jaguar (2 humbuckers and modern neck shape and radius) and the 60s Jazzmaster (modern neck shape and radius).

More information at the following links:

Favorite Guitars From Namm 2019

We’ve had a few weeks to reflect on this years NAMM announcements / demos and here are some of our favorites from this year’s show!

The Fender Squier Classic Vibe line sees some great updates for 2019 including new ’60s Jazzmasters, ’70s Jaguars, and ’70s Mustangs!

There are also a couple interesting new guitars in the limited ‘Alternate Reality’ series. They are the Meteora HH and the Powercaster.

See photos of these guitars below. For more details check out the Fender Shop at https://shop.fender.com or your favorite retailers.

Classic Vibe ’70s Jaguar – Surf Green
Classic Vibe ’70s Jaguar – Black
Classic Vibe ’70s Jaguar – 3 Color Sunburst
Classic Vibe ’60s Mustang – Vintage White
Classic Vibe ’60s Mustang – Sonic Blue
Classic Vibe ’60s Jazzmaster – Sonic Blue
Classic Vibe ’60s Jazzmaster – Olympic White – Left Handed
Classic Vibe ’60s Jazzmaster – Olympic White
Classic Vibe ’60s Jazzmaster – 3 Color Sunburst
Alternate Reality Powercaster – White Opal
Alternate Reality Powercaster – Surf Green
Alternate Reality Powercaster – 3 Color Sunburst
Alternate Reality Meteora HH – Lake Placid Blue
Alternate Reality Meteora HH – Candy Apple Red

Fiesta Red Fender Jag-Stang Prototype Auction Closed – Winning bid: $93,750

[Guitar found after auction – Sep 24 2018]

Brad Traweek (from Fender) posted on Instagram that this prototype jag-stang ended up at Fender HQ in Scottsdale, Arizona after the auction.  https://www.instagram.com/p/BoIggI_hXZ5/


[Updated after auction close – May 19 2018]

The auction has now closed and the Fiesta Red prototype jag-stang has a winning bid of $93,750.


The Kurt Cobain Fender Jag-Stang Fiesta Red prototype is currently up for auction at Julien’s Auctions. This is part of a “Music Icons 2018 Auction Lot” with some other guitars and music related collectibles.

Link to Prototype Jag-Stang ]
[ Link to Music Icons 2018 Lot ]

There are not any detailed photos included in the listing of the prototype jag-stang. Provenance is provided by “Fender Museum of the Arts Foundation”. The prototype apparently has a serial number of V069200 on the neckplate which is different than regular production jag-stangs that have the serial number on the base of the neck above the neck joint.

Also included in the auction is the design drawing done by Kurt for the Jag-Stang.

If anyone comes across more details of the prototype in this auction let us know!

julienslive photo of prototype jag-stang
julienslive photo of prototype jag-stang

Kurt Cobain Fender Jag-Stang design
Kurt Cobain Fender Jag-Stang design

Fender Jaguar Controls – Classic and American Pro models

New to the Fender Jaguar or just want to learn more about all those switches? Fender recently published an article detailing how the switches work with some nice images showing the various switch combinations.

Please make note of the on/off colors in the key.

(from full Fender article here: Fender Tech-Talk – Jaguar Controls)

Classic Fender Jaguar Controls
Classic Fender Jaguar Controls

American Pro Fender Jaguar Controls
American Pro Fender Jaguar Controls

(Note: we copy Fender content locally due to the regular moving and removing of resources from their website.)

Fender Jag-Stang coming back in 2017??

Could the Jag-Stang be coming back in 2017? Maybe to join the new DuoSonics and Mustangs just released by Fender?

A little over a week ago Fender had an event an their new Hollywood location. Some photos came out of that event showing a unique jag-stang. Having black switches, a better fitting pickguard, a new color?, and who knows what else.

Below are a couple of photos showing the new jag-stang. The first photo was posted by otisserie on Instagram and the second photo posted by Fender on Facebook. You really have to zoom in on the Fender event photo and look at the guitars on the back wall near the new duosonics and mustangs. (look for the white-ish jag-stang nearby)

EDIT: Updated to include more photos from Fender Hollywood Grand Opening Event that show the jag-stang.

New Mustangs and Duo-Sonics announced at Summer NAMM 2016

Via Reverb.com video (embedded below)

New Duo-Sonics

  • single coil and humbucker pickup versions
    • coil split on humbucker
  • 9.5″ neck radius with medium jumbo frets
  • small headstock
  • hard tail bridge
  • 3 way toggle pickup selector

New Mustangs

  • single coil and p90 pickup versions
  • larger headstock
  • other features similar to new Duo-Sonic

New Mustang Bass

  • 30″ scale
  • P/J pickup configuration