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Fender introduces Kurt Cobain Mustang guitar

Cobain Mustang in Fender Booth
Cobain Mustang in Fender Booth

So you’ve been asking for it for years and years and Fender has finally made it available.  The latest NAMM press release has recently come out introducing the Kurt Cobain Mustang. (Also reported in the jag-stang.com forum and by many sites inc musicradar and premierguitar)

With the Kurt Cobain Jaguar released last year and now the Kurt Cobain Mustang Fender has made available both the guitars jag-stang.com visitors have been asking for for many years. While the Jaguar retails for $1299.99 US it is expected the Mustang will retail around $999.

Press release and guitar images copied below.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Jan. 16, 2012) — When Kurt Cobain hit the stage, it was very often with a Mustang® guitar—an enigmatic anti-hero figure with an esoteric anti-hero instrument. It’s with great pride then that Fender introduces the Kurt Cobain Mustang, which evokes the man, the band, the sound and the times, and gives an authentically crafted nod to one of the most unlikely guitars to ever find itself at the center of a musical maelstrom.

Cobain liked Mustangs a lot. For one, he preferred offbeat guitars that didn’t cost zillions of dollars, and the Mustang certainly fit those two criteria. Also, being somewhat physically diminutive himself, he liked to perform live with slightly more diminutive guitars, like Fender Mustang and Jaguar® guitars, which better fit his hands and his reach.

See for yourself—go back and watch the famous 1991 video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and there heis and there it is slung over his shoulder. Or think back to when you saw them on the ’93-’94 In Utero tour, when he seldom went onstage with anything but a Mustang. Quite often and especially later on, Mustang guitars were a big part of what Kurt Cobain was all about, musically.

Inspired by his arsenal of modded guitars, the new Fender Kurt Cobain Mustang takes you back there, with highly distinctive features including an angled single-coil Mustang neck pickup and ferocious Seymour Duncan® JB humbucking bridge pickup mounted directly to the body, dual on-off/phase in-out switches for each pickup, a polyester-finished alder body and an Adjusto-Matic™ bridge with dynamic vibrato tailpiece.

Other features include the classic 24” Mustang scale length, C-shaped maple neck with urethane finish, 7.25”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 vintage-style frets and vintage-style ivory dot inlays, four-ply pickguard (Aged White Pearl on Fiesta Red and Dark Lake Placid Blue with stripe models; Tortoiseshell on Sonic Blue model), master volume and tone controls, vintage-style tuners, and chrome hardware. Finish options include Fiesta red, Sonic Blue and Dark Lake Placid Blue with stripe. Available in right and left-handed models. For more information, go to www.fender.com.


Cobain Mustang in Fender Booth
Cobain Mustang in Fender Booth

Above from Fender Japan blog: http://fenderjapan.co.jp/blog/?p=770

Kurt Cobain Fender Mustang
Kurt Cobain Fender Mustang
Kurt Cobain Fender Mustang
Kurt Cobain Fender Mustang
Kurt Cobain Fender Mustang
Kurt Cobain Fender Mustang

Fender Introduces 50th Anniversary Jaguar® Guitar

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50th Anniversary Fender Jaguar
50th Anniversary Fender Jaguar

Fender is proud to celebrate five colorful decades of the Jaguar guitar by introducing the 50th Anniversary Jaguar model. The instrument takes players back to 1962, when Fender introduced an unusual new guitar that paired a sleekly modified Jazzmaster® body style and elaborate control layout with a shorter scale and smaller, brighter pickups with more output. The resulting Jaguar was the fourth and last of Fender’s original lineup of standard electric guitars.

Perfectly matched to the early-’60s renaissance in design modernism (as exemplified by everything of the era from autos to aircraft to sunglasses to furniture), the Jaguar gradually acquired a fascinating pedigree quite unlike that of any other Fender guitar. A chromed-out, surf-rock staple of the 1960s, it found new life from the mid-1970s-on as a subversively offbeat alternative axe wielded by punk, post-punk, grunge and alt-indie guitar heroes and anti-heroes alike. The same guitar that originally crested waves of reverb-drenched singles by groups such as the Chantays and the Surfaris later fueled, for example, the dynamic grunge maelstrom of Nirvana, the translucent shoe-gazing dream pop of My Bloody Valentine and the literately artful alt-rock of the Pixies, the Flaming Lips and many others.

The U.S.-built 50th Anniversary Jaguar celebrates that vivid history and combines old and new into the finest of all Jaguar guitars. Highly distinctive features include the classic 24” scale length, a new one-degree neck-angle-pocket cut that improves pitch, a re-positioned tremolo plate that increases bridge break angle and sustain, and specially designed hot Jaguar single-coil neck and bridge pickups that deliver fatter tone and more output (once again framed by the model’s classic notched metal “claws”; a hum-reducing innovation only found on the Jaguar).

Other premium features include a sleekly offset alder body with lacquer finish, C-shaped maple neck with lacquer finish and vintage-style truss rod, 9.5”-radius bound rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and pearloid block inlays, separate “lead” and rhythm tone circuits with their own dedicated volume and tone controls, two-position tone switch and on/off slide switch for each pickup, three-ply pickguard (Mint Green-Black-Mint Green), and vintage-style floating tremolo bridge with lock button and chrome cover. Accessories include a deluxe brown case, strap, cable and a set of flatwound strings. Available in classic vintage Fender finishes Lake Placid Blue, Candy Apple Red and striking Burgundy Mist Metallic, which authentically evokes the original Jaguar’s Burgundy Mist finish option.

(MSRP: $ 2,419.99)

Product Page: @Fender.com

50th Anniversary Fender Jaguar
50th Anniversary Fender Jaguar
50th Anniversary Fender Jaguar
50th Anniversary Fender Jaguar

FEA Labs: The Growler Pedal for Bass

FEA Labs has a pretty cool looking new pedal for you bass players out there.  Below is an excerpt from the press release.

[Press Release] FEA Labs is pleased to announce the FEA Growler pedal as the forth pedal to their lineup. The Growler is designed to add second harmonic warmth for the player who is looking to add that extra “growl” and “punch” to their bass tone. The analog harmonic octave tone generated by the pedal blends with natural tone of the bass guitar to add new dimensions to the fundamental dynamics of the tone.

FEA Labs Growler Bass Pedal
FEA Labs Growler Bass Pedal

Product Link: http://www.fealabs.com/products/GROWLER-0001.html

Dunlop Releases the New MXR Micro Chorus

If you like chorus effects Dunlop has released a new pedal that you may be interested in.  Info via HarmonyCentral and Dunlop Press Release below.

With its simple operation and stellar analog tone—the MXR Micro Chorus joins the ranks of MXR Classics such as the Phase 90, Dyna Comp, and Micro Amp. This 80’s reissue delivers a stunning range of rich chorus textures, from sparkly watery shimmers to intense rotating speaker simulation with a twist of the Rate control.

Dunlop MXR Micro Chorus
Dunlop MXR Micro Chorus

Visit Dunlop site: http://www.jimdunlop.com/

Dunlop Reunion Tour 2010
Dunlop Reunion Tour 2010

Press Release: Electro-Harmonix Releases The Deluxe Memory Boy With Tap Tempo

Press Release: Electro-Harmonix Releases The Deluxe Memory Boy With Tap Tempo

The Deluxe Memory Boy delivers lush and organic analog tones that are spot on to our original designs, while adding the in demand performance features that deliver new and exciting potential to every musician. Tap tempo has been added to always keep you in sync with the groove. In addition you can choose from five note sub divisions for metronomic variances. Sweet modulations can be set while expression pedal control allows selectable access to four modulation parameters. The Deluxe Memory Boy is all about sweet tone with ultra flexibility on the stage or in the studio.

EHX Deluxe Memory Boy
EHX Deluxe Memory Boy

WNAMM 2010: New Source Audio Distortion Pedals

Some new distortions to check out. Below is an excerpt from the Source Audio press release.

For the sonic explorer, the Soundblox Pro Multiwave Distortion offers 23 distinctive and modern effect types. What makes the Multiwave unique is its use of multi-band processing, which offers a clear distortion with unprecedented note articulation. Sounds range from basic tones to aggressive synth-like, octave heavy, and extreme foldback effects that go far beyond traditional distortions. The pedal is used on tour by artists ranging from Chuck Garvey of moe. to Brad Whitford of Aerosmith to Reeve Gabrels.

Soundblox Pro Multiwave Distortion
Soundblox Pro Multiwave Distortion

For the vintage guitar tone enthusiast, the Soundblox Pro Classic Distortion features 4 tube amp and 8 fuzz box overdrive tones in the same powerful control format as the Pro Multiwave. The sounds are organic and enormously customizable via pre- and post-mid control drives and the EQ. Unlike other products, which attempt to digitally clone, model, or emulate vintage gear, the Pro Classic is the result of a five-year listening study and iterative algorithm design process involving over 40 classic pedals and extensive artist evaluation.

Soundblox Pro Classic Distortion
Soundblox Pro Classic Distortion

Fender Introducing American Special Series

Fender American Special Series
Fender American Special Series

The latest incarnations of Fender’s famous Telecaster and Stratocaster models comprise the new American Special series-built “by the people and for people” as value-conscious “guitars for the times.” They are designed specifically to bring the full Fender experience of a terrific-sounding, smooth-playing, rock-solid-built U.S.-made Fender guitar to the workingman without emptying his bank account.

The three instruments in the new series—the American Special Telecaster, American Special Stratocaster and American Special Stratocaster HSS—are highly affordable Fender electric guitars that are within the reach of an entire spectrum of players. As such, they share many features with their cousins in the acclaimed Highway One™ and American Standard series.

url: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5WIwx4B46c

Press Release: Rotosound launch British Steel strings

Press Release – August 2009

Rotosound launch British Steel strings

Rotosound’s world class reputation for making the best guitar strings goes before them. They have drawn on this history, experience and knowledge in designing the next generation of strings. Rotosound now announce the launch of British Steels, based on the Original classic Rotosound Stainless Steel Electric Guitar Strings from the 1960’s, and now manufactured using improved processes and even better materials.

Their original stainless steel strings already have a pedigree second to none and were used by Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townsend, Brian May and many others. Rotosounds stainless steel strings offered a clear, bright punchy sound, positive grip, plenty of twang and went on to be played on some of the greatest songs of all time.

The new Rotosound British Steels have been designed to give a brilliant tone, sustain and great volume. Using the very best stainless steel with the highest possible iron content (for better magnetic properties), the new strings are now manufactured under even tighter quality control and stricter tolerances to ensure consistency, clarity and durability.

British Steels are available in the following gauges* :

BS09   09 / 11 / 16 / 24w / 32w / 42w

BS10   10 / 13 / 17 / 26w / 36w / 46w

BS11   11 / 14 / 18 / 28w / 38w / 48w

For further information on the range see http://www.rotosound.com/steels.html

* Please note: w denotes wound string

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