Every artist likes their instrument a certain way, and alt-rock legend Kurt Cobain had a unique appreciation for modding entry-level electric guitars -- turning them into rafter-rattling grunge machines. Fender's Artist Series Kurt Cobain Mustang honors the modified short-scale guitar Cobain himself used during Nirvana's In Utero era. It's a Japanese-made Mustang with a humbucker in the bridge position, just like Kurt would have wanted.
Kurt's Offbeat Hot-Rod
Kurt preferred inexpensive guitars -- how else could he afford to smash so many? He also found the standard Strats and Teles to be a little mundane, learning towards unusual axes like Jaguars and Jazzmasters. That's why the Mustang was such a great fit for Cobain -- it offered the uniqueness of a Jaguar or Jazzmaster but in a more affordable instrument. But even a Mustang is too tame for Kurt Cobain, so he'd hot-rod his axes with humbuckers and other pickups you wouldn't normally find on a '90s Fender guitar. If you love Fender guitars, but want to move beyond your standard Strat or Tele, try the Kurt Cobain Mustang.
Own a Piece of Rock History
Want a replica of the guitar Kurt Cobain played in the video for the seminal hit Smells Like Teen Spirit? This is it, specifically the striped Lake Placid blue model -- but all finishes rock the same and express their own appeal and charm. While Kurt Cobain may have smashed a number of guitars in his day, there were a few he clearly held close to his heart, playing them gig after gig, and this is one of those guitars.
- Fender Artist Series Mustang electric guitar
- Alder Mustang body with urethane finish
- C-shaped maple neck with urethane finish
- 24" scale rosewood fingerboard with 22 vintage-style frets and 7.25" radius
- Vintage-style heel truss rod
- Seymour Duncan humbucking pickup mounted directly to the body in the bridge position
- Single-coil Mustang pickup in the neck position
- Volume and tone control knobs
- On/off/phase slider switch for each pickup
- Adjusto-Matic bridge with dynamic vibrato tailpiece
- In-line American vintage tuning machines
- Black plastic control knobs and chrome hardware
- Fender USA 250R .010-.046 gauge nickel-plated steel strings included
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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 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, Mustangs were a big part of what Kurt Cobain was all about, musically.
Inspired by his arsenal of modded guitars, the Fender Kurt Cobain Mustang takes you back there, with highly distinctive features including the classic 24-inch Mustang scale length, 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.