Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar signature model!

Whoa! MusicRadar and Total Guitar have a heck of a scoop: Fender is releasing a Kurt Cobain signature Jaguar to commemorate 20 years since the release of Nevermind. The guitar is just like the 1965 Jag that Kurt used, and is authentically tricked out with DiMarzio PAF and Super Distortion humbuckers, a second volume control, black three-position toggle switch and a chrome Gotoh bridge. It has a Strat-sized headstock and a non-period-correct ‘spaghetti’ logo. It’ll be available in both lefty and righty models.

Check out Music Radar for more info, and look for the full story in issue 220 of Total Guitar magazine, out on October 3. I know, I know, October 3 is still over a month away. Put a reminder in your phone!

1991: Nirvana and Metallica change rock forever

Here’s this week’s feature for Gibson.com. This is a topic I’ve been thinking of writing about since I was a kid and I noticed the clear divide between kids who played Nirvana songs and kids who played Metallica songs. Here’s a teaser:

“It’s generally held that 1967 was a landmark year for rock music. Jimi Hendrix’s Are You Experienced, Cream’s Disraeli Gears, The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – all of those albums were released that year and they all had an instant and jarring effect on music history, with particular impact on guitarists. A similar impact was felt around the world in 1991 with the release of several extremely influential albums – U2’s Achtung Baby, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Pearl Jam’s Ten, My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, Primal Scream’s Screamadelica). Among this elite crop were a pair of very different but equally epoch-changing records: Nirvana’s Nevermind and Metallica’s self-titled album (often referred to as theBlack Album due to its distinctive monochromatic cover).”

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