[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
We love featuring the project guitars of our forum members and regular visitors. Here is another great project guitar from forum regular CROSS. A regency red jazzmaster project. Below are details and photos of CROSS’ project.
Here is the forum post if you want to jump in on the original project discussion. [url]
CROSS wrote: The body is alder. I bought the timber off Ebay from America.
The template is from guitarbuildngtemplates.com. These templates are not ‘Fender-accurate’, I think they are copied from Warmoth. The shape itself is fine, but the neck and body cavities needed a bit of adjusting.
It fits the US jazzmaster pickguard which I bought from Dazbootman. Just w/b/w. I may upgrade to brown tortoishell.
The neck is from allparts. It’s an amazing neck. 7 1/4″ radius. I stained it, sprayed it with gloss auto acrylic. The decal is from decaljoe. I would have liked to have built my own neck with the correct Jazzmaster design , but I don’t have the time.
I finished the body with Auto acrylic. I have used this colour before with the Musicmaster project I made a while ago. It polished up nicely. It’s very fragile paint, but keeps the shine.