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... Read More
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.
See for yourself—go back and watch the famous 1991 video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and there he is with 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, Mustangs were a big influence on Kurt Cobain's distinctive sound.
Inspired by his arsenal of modded guitars, the new Fender Kurt Cobain Mustang boasts 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, master volume and tone controls, vintage-style tuners, and chrome hardware. Available in right- and left-handed models.
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What a fantastic guitar. Before even considering buying a new guitar, I have had a Fender Squier Stratocaster. Though it was kind of weird sounding, it was a good guitar. Regardless I headed to GC to get a new one for my birthday. The guitar I had in my mind was a Squier Jag, but at the time they were completely out. I asked the guy behind the counter "hey, say I'm in a grunge band (which i am), what would be a good guitar to use?" And instantly he said "I've got the one for you." He pointed out this beauty and I was sold. It had such a nice twangy clean sound with the tone turned up, and the softer sound sounds fantastic with the tone down a bit. You can definitely hear the humbucker when it's on and it definitely adds a level of depth to chords, as well as making playing higher solos a lot easier. The combination of the neck and double humbucker makes a clean and twangy sound, and if you want a bit of fuzz just switch off the neck pickup. With distortion his guitar sounds wonderful, though I would recommend a more bassy distortion as opposed to high treble distortion for a more fitting sound. Though the tone keys are kind of cheap, they can hold for a jam session before you need to retune (changing keys does take a couple of tries). All in all I'd recommend this guitar to anyone, and if you want a seattle grunge kind of sound go grab yourself a Boss Mega Distortion pedal. Turn up that bottom tone and turn the distortion and gain boost all the way and you're good to go.
Put images of Nirvana fan-boys foaming at the mouth aside, and consider this the best playing and sounding Mustang Fender has ever made. I have had several others in the past and this guitar is far superior in build quality and features. The 'floating' bridge has always been the Achilles heal of the mustang, the replacement of the 'adjust-o-matic' bridge keeps the guitar in perfect tune. The addition of the in-wood humbucker give you a great hi-gain tone and sustain. Lastly this guitar is made out of Alder wood instead of the standard basswood found in previous Japanese Mustangs. Lastly the pickup selectors have been dropped down into the guitar to keep the player from hitting them when strumming. Very convenient to anyone who has ever owned a mustang and knows the frustration of accidentally switching off the guitar. Fender Japan has been making these on their own for years, but only recently has Fender USA been marketing them under the Cobain name. Japanese Mustangs are great, and this is just another example of a great guitar with some much appreciated upgrades for the playing musician. If you're a fan-boy looking to emulate Nirvana, get your self a strat and smash it! Only downside is no hard shell case. Lame.
This guitar is worth every penny. I purchased a Jagstang only to be disappointed. The guitar did not have the tone I was looking for, about the only thing it was good for was the feedback. Which it tended to feedback when you really wouldn't want it to. Enter the mustang. I have always wanted to own a Mustang, I played around on a few but they never screamed "buy me". I opened this baby up at the Guitar center and could tell it was a beast without it even being plugged in. This guitar sounds just like the guitar I've heard on every Nirvana record. It is so precise it's uncanny. I would definitely recommend it for any true Nirvana fan.
Sounds nice and gritty, really nails the grunge sound. It's made in Japan, which every retailer seems to go great lengths to avoid mentioning. You're only getting the guitar for your money, no gig bag, no manual. I do love the guitar though.
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