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.
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!
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.
Fender Japan has been offering a Kurt Cobain replica Fender Jaguar for years. The only way to get that guitar in the states was to have it imported from Japan or to find an dealer that had access to import it themselves. Now it looks like Fender will make it available stateside.
This release is in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Nirvana Nevermind release. The guitar will be priced at $1,849.99.
If you’re a big Nirvana fan you likely already know how great their 1992 Reading Festival performance was and probably have your own bootleg of it. Now, on the 20th anniversary of the Bleach album release, you can not only pickup up the remastered Bleach album but a “Live at Reading” album on CD/DVD/Vinyl.
It’s a fantastic live album that you should have in your collection if you don’t already. Check out a review at snobmusic.
It’s been well known that there were 2 original prototype jag-stangs made by Fender at the time Kurt Cobain died. There was a sonic blue prototype that was played by Kurt on a few European tour dates. (see video in previous post) It was given to Peter Buck of REM after Cobain died. You can see Buck playing the lefty jag-stang flipped righty in the REM video “what´s the frequency kenneth”. Does anyone know where the blue jag-stang is today?
The fiesta red prototype never made it to Kurt. Fender was preparing to ship the guitar to Kurt when they got news of his death. It originally ended up in the Fender Museum. Forum member ‘prospect’ posted some of his great photos and information from the Fender museum which is shared below. [forum link]
These photos are from Fender’s Museum in California from a few years back. It is my understanding that this is now currently on display either in Seattle or Cleveland.
On Kurt’s drawing the surrounding information you see is for when it was scanned for “Journals”. The “blacked out” area is contact information for Kurt and his guitar tech which was to not be printed in “Journals”.
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If you have any more info on the current locations of the fiesta red or sonic blue prototype jag-stangs let us know.
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