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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

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