NAMM 2012: Fender Kurt Cobain Mustang

Wow. I’m not the world’s biggest Nirvana fan (or at all, really) but even so, a Mustang with these specs makes me almost pee myself. Now, this isn’t the first Fender signature model for Cobain – during his lifetime he worked with the company on an original design called the Jag-Stang (guess which two models that combined), and last year Fender released a Kurt Cobain Jaguar based on a favourite guitar of Kurt’s. But the Mustang is the axe he’s most associated with, so it’s cool to see the Jag-Stang deconstructed and taken back to its original two ingredients via these two Cobain signature instruments.

FENDER® INTRODUCES KURT COBAIN MUSTANG® GUITAR

Inspired by an oft-played Cobain favorite seen in famous “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Jan. 17, 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.

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