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Auction for Kurt Cobain’s Custom Fender Mustang (1993)

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.

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

New Fender Vintera Series Guitar Range

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).

More information at the following links:

Favorite Guitars From Namm 2019

We’ve had a few weeks to reflect on this years NAMM announcements / demos and here are some of our favorites from this year’s show!

The Fender Squier Classic Vibe line sees some great updates for 2019 including new ’60s Jazzmasters, ’70s Jaguars, and ’70s Mustangs!

There are also a couple interesting new guitars in the limited ‘Alternate Reality’ series. They are the Meteora HH and the Powercaster.

See photos of these guitars below. For more details check out the Fender Shop at https://shop.fender.com or your favorite retailers.

Classic Vibe ’70s Jaguar – Surf Green
Classic Vibe ’70s Jaguar – Black
Classic Vibe ’70s Jaguar – 3 Color Sunburst
Classic Vibe ’60s Mustang – Vintage White
Classic Vibe ’60s Mustang – Sonic Blue
Classic Vibe ’60s Jazzmaster – Sonic Blue
Classic Vibe ’60s Jazzmaster – Olympic White – Left Handed
Classic Vibe ’60s Jazzmaster – Olympic White
Classic Vibe ’60s Jazzmaster – 3 Color Sunburst
Alternate Reality Powercaster – White Opal
Alternate Reality Powercaster – Surf Green
Alternate Reality Powercaster – 3 Color Sunburst
Alternate Reality Meteora HH – Lake Placid Blue
Alternate Reality Meteora HH – Candy Apple Red

THE JAG-STANG REGISTRY – WINTER 2018 UPDATE

It’s time for another look back at how the Registry has evolved during the previous few years. (last update post was winter 2016) And we like to say a big THANK YOU! to all the jag-stang owners out there who have participated by adding their guitar info. It’s been very interesting to get a feel for just how many jag-stangs are out there and where they’ve all ended up.

Below is the summary of data with the changes from the last 24 months in bold. Some of the interesting changes are: 251 new entries over the last 24 months! That’s about 10.5 new jag-stangs per month added.

  • Total guitars: 677 (+251 guitars!)
  • Handed – 94.7% right handed – 5.3% left handed (left gained +0.1%)
  • Color – Sonic Blue is the most popular color at 55.8%. (-0.3%)
  • Modifications – around 40.6% of the guitars are listed as modified. (+0.2%)
  • Countries – currently in 45 unique countries with most in the United States at 44.5%. (+6 new countries)
  • Oldest – T016701 [Made In Japan] (no change)
  • Newest – R075779 [Crafted In Japan] (no change)

We plan to continue adding features and tweaks to The Registry and welcome input from everyone on desired features. If you haven’t yet added your jag-stang click the link below to get started.

Thanks!

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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