Fender Kurt Cobain Jag-Stang review

Three decades after Nevermind changed the world, Fender resurrects the late Nirvana frontman's signature electric

Fender Kurt Cobain Jag-Stang
(Image: © Fender)

Guitar World Verdict

Reissued for the 30th anniversary of Nevermind, the Kurt Cobain Jag-Stang is ideal for Nirvana fans or anyone who wants to explore their own brand of subversive sounds.


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    Impressive variety of tones.

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    Well-balanced and playable.

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    Shorter scale length allows for heavier gauge strings without string bending fatigue.


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    Short scale won't suit everyone.

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Sometime in 1993, Fender approached Kurt Cobain about collaborating on the design of a signature guitar. Cobain was amused but also flattered by the proposal, and he quickly conceived and sketched a new design that combined features of his favorite guitars: a modified 1965 Fender Jaguar and a 1969 Fender Competition Mustang. 

The Nirvana guitarist called his creation the Jag-Stang. Fender delivered the first Jag-Stang prototype to Cobain in early 1994, and the guitarist used it for a handful of shows that year before he took his own life on April 5, 1994.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.