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  1. well it's a great thing you've done there, it looks really good and I'd like to copy it someday. def a guitar that looks cool and has the sad little footnote about being Kurt's last fender.
  2. all up, how much did the 93tele project cost?
  3. so the OP would pay 1400 for a mint one, yet passed on a mint one for 1300? fiscal cliff notes?
  4. sure some of the japanese serial numbers have been recycled, but the 65 vintage reissue model has only been around for a few years, maybe 3 years? so there is no way that it was made in the mid 90's. also reissue mustangs made in the early to mid 90's are hard to come by now anyway. the earliest reissue mustang ive got is a 1996 bought during 1999. You have to remember that during the early to mid 90's with no internet it was practically impossible to get any made in japan fenders without actually going to japan. Ive never actually seen a reissue mustang made in 1993 in person, although we know that some exist based on kurts.
  5. Dakota Red = Fire Engine red Fiesta Red = Tomato Soup red
  6. kurt is singing about how his mustang is fiesta red. and this was the last known date that he played it at, at least as far as surfaced pictures and videos goes. although there is some footage later in the europe tour that it was still available and sitting in the guitar rack late feb, but not used. click pictures on the feb 94 NPA entry at NLG: http://www.nirvanaguide.com/images/1994/020494.01.jpg
  7. ok assclown, how does it feel... look at him look at him look at him! 1. Mr Maxima is talking about vintage mustangs, we are talking reissue mustangs. 2. Kurts red Mustang WAS fiesta red & most likely built in 1993 3. Here you can buy one now if you want (MG73/CO FRD): 4. I have photos off ebay somewhere of a Fiesta Red reissue mustang (non comp) from around 2002. 5. Fiesta Red Mustangs DO exist, however like previously stated, pre 2000 are rare or non-existent. 6. Slap yourself for not knowing your shades of Fender red
  8. Kurts red reissue mustang WAS fiesta red - this is clearly visible in the photos of him at NPA. It has that tomato soup red shade. having said that, I have NEVER seen another fiesta red reissue mustang from this era, especially one with a neck date from 1993-1999, they just don't exist. Kurt's was def a one off for some reason - and sent to him as a single guitar, months before his sonic blue ones. Starting from around/circa 2000 Fender Japan did do Fiesta Red & Fiesta red competition mustangs and they can been seen on google. This fiesta-red mustang is the only reason i can deduce that his second jag-stang was fiesta red. I seriously doubt kurt even knew what fiesta red was, my guess he asked fender to do his jag-stangs the same colors as his reissue mustangs - thats why his US made ones were sonic blue & fiesta red.
  9. so around early 1997 i was watching the beatles anthology quite a lot. at the time i was dead set keen on getting an epiphone casino just like john lennon - he just seemed like the coolest bastard in the world with that thing. however for some reason, when i happend across fender.com they had a guitar there listed as the jag-stang. it was just the most surf punktastic thing i had ever seen. Being a nirvana fan years before that, it was kind of perplexing why i hadn't heard of it sooner - pre internet mainstream perhaps. in fact, are there any 1995 jag-stangs around? in those days money was hard earned and it was before i discovered the joys of easy credit. it took me months to save up enough to put half down on a Sonic Blue Jag-Stang which arrived during June 1997. I'll never forget opening the box and seeing it for the first time, it was such a feeling of delight as it was so perfect in every way... i've never quite had that same buzz since after purchasing lots more guitars - some 10 times the price. Anyway not knowing much about guitars at the time it didn't take me long to flip the tailpiece without a tom, put on the heaviest most unplayable strings and mess up the electronics and screw with the truss rod without knowing what a truss rod does. So after not long it looked like it was unplayable so it got put in the cupboard. but then i discovered ebay and the collecting bug started. around September 1997 i ordered a Fiesta Red jag-stang which was already in stock locally and arrived quickly. It was a 1996 anniversary model. The Fiesta Red jagstangs humbucker sounded so much better and had more bite than the blue one and the neck was probably the best feeling neck i have ever felt on a guitar to date. the neck finish was crystal clear while the neck finish on the sonic blue one was slightly hazy. The color of the fiesta red is just perfect and a much darker shade than normal - i really do think that in the inital batches of the jag-stang fender specifically made them in an aqua shade and darker fiesta red to simulate a vintage vibe. they just don't match fiesta red and sonic blue colors on regular japanese strats. having played lots of vintage mustangs i would have loved to see jag-stangs made in 1966 with the same materials and feel as a mustang of the era. that would be big mojo now. the only down side of the fiesta red jag-stang was that whilst the color was gorgeous, the finish on this one is probably the most brittle ive dealt with - very soft and prone to damage. Also the white pearloid pickguard was just awful - it had hardly any swirl in it at all. during early 1998 i swapped out the guard for a custom made red pearloid one. the custom pickguard looked gorgeous but was cut quite crudely but the luither, almost as if it had been done by hand. so around that point i kinda of lost interest the in the two jag-stangs and moved on to acquiring other guitars. sometime late in 2008 i scored some nirvana bootleg dvd's, and while watching them got reminded of how great the lefty jag-stang looked. it reminded me how awesome and unique that guitar is. so after a bit of looking round i pulled both out my old jag-stangs with the following in mind: 1) get the sonic blue one fixed up and replace the pearloid pickguard with a plain white guard - "just like kurts" 2) have the fiesta red one made up to look like the original polaroid picture kurt submitted to fender. so i sent the blue one off to get fixed up. it got turned around much quicker than i expected - a full setup correct gauge strings, bridge returned to stock, electronics replaced etc etc. it was scary just how fantastic the guitar played when it came back. at that point, i decided not to mess around with it anymore keep it "stock" and not replace the guard, even though i think it would look 1000% better the fiesta red one was a little more complicated. working from the original polaroid obviously that lower cutaway shape is from a vintage '69 mustang - the japanese jag-stangs just flat out aren't the same. kurts 1993 US sonic blue one comes closer to the vision. also going into this i knew that the bridge had to be routed for a single coil. i was in two minds for months about it, but finally decided to since the pickguard was changed anyway. all the original electronics had to be pulled out - which was a shame cause they sounded so good, and they ended up in a reissue mustang. all black parts and pups were sourced by me and a custom white pearloid pickguard was designed and recut - with a similar thickness to the 60's mustang pickguard. I have to say seeing the finished result on the fiesta red mustang was very, very pleasing. the only thing i would have liked is to have the hotrail under a black single coil pup cover to make it look stock, but the hotrails are too hard to take apart. personally, i think the black fittings were made for the fiesta red one, and that the sonic blue one should remain white. - overlaying red tortoise over the aqua of the jag-stang just doesn't work as well like it does on sonic blue. also it is perplexing why fender felt they had to reshape the lower cutaway. if they followed the original lines it would be much cooler. to this day i still don't have that epiphone casino but have the desire to get one exactly like john lennons!
  10. prior to the jag-stang, had fender ever offered a guitar that had a full sized humbucker in the bridge and a single coil in the neck? I couldn't really think of one, def not a strat or a jazz/jag. maybe a tele but ive only seen them in with a humbucker in the neck, or two humbuckers
  11. have any of the japanese reissue jazzmasters ever had the large CBS headstock and the F tuners with hexagonal keys and large gold CBS fender logo, like the one pictured below (a lefty example, but you get the idea): all the ones ive seen have the spaghetti logo and oval tuners
  12. is someone able to post a side by side pic of a mid 90's Jag-stang in the original "Aqua-Surf" Sonic Blue and the 2000's reissue in the actual color that is known as Sonic Blue. Were these variations in shade prevalent on the fiesta red versions?
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