[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)
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
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).
“In order to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Mustang guitar, Fender is proud to introduce the celebratory Limited Edition American Shortboard Mustang. This stylish homage to the original Mustang evokes the spirit that brought the guitar from the classroom to the stage.”
BODY MATERIAL: Ash with Walnut Competition Stripe
BODY FINISH: Gloss Polyurethane
BODY SHAPE: Mustang Bass
NECK MATERIAL: Rosewood
NECK FINISH: Hand-Rubbed Oil
NECK SHAPE: Modern “C”
SCALE LENGTH: 24″ (610 mm)
FINGERBOARD MATERIAL: Rosewood
FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 9.5″ (241 mm)
NUMBER OF FRETS: 21
FRET SIZE: Medium Jumbo
NUT MATERIAL: Synthetic Bone
NUT WIDTH: 1.685″ (42.8 mm)
POSITION INLAYS: Black Dot
TRUSS ROD: Bi-Flex™
BRIDGE PICKUP: Black Dove™ Single-Coil
NECK PICKUP: Black Dove™ Single-Coil
CONTROLS: Master Volume, Master Tone
SWITCHING: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickups, Position 3. Middle Pickup
BRIDGE: 6-Saddle American Strings-Thru-Body Strat with Bent Steel Saddles Saddles
Fender is expanding it’s line of American Special guitars (introduced in 2010) with the addition of Mustang and the Jazzmaster models. Both look to be available in black and 3-color sunburst and be offered at the $899.99 price point. (1249.99 msrp)
The jazzmaster comes in fairly typical setup with 2 jazzmaster special humbuckers. The mustang is being offered with a HH setup using dual “atomic” humbuckers and the lower pickup switch. Images and links to the Fender pages follow below.