Up for sale, a 1998 Fender Jag-Stang in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, finished in Sonic Blue. From the original "Crafted in Japan" run of the Jag-Stang, this Fender is a no-nonsense tool perfectly suited to creating both the distorted churn and raw single coil cut heard across Nirvana's catalog. The guitar weighs 7lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
Famously known for being designed by Kurt Cobain of Nirvana when he took two polaroids of a Mustang and Jaguar and cut them together, the Jag Stang is in-step with the features of both of these classic short scale Fender models, while also satisfying the higher gain pickup needs of Nirvana's chief architect.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, modeled after one of Cobain's favorite '60s Mustangs. The profile measures .780" deep at the 1st fret and .930" at the 12th. The scale length is 24", with a vintage-spec 7 1/4" fretboard radius and 1 9/16" nut width. The thick slab rosewood fretboard retains the original slender frets which retain their full factory height, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-9. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. On the headstock, the original Kluson-style chrome tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should, and the small "Designed by Kurt Cobain" sticker is intact. The "Crafted in Japan" script text and O-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics work as intended, with Fender Japan's Dragster humbucker in the bridge position and an ST-Vintage single coil at the neck. The pickups are governed by on/off/on pickup selector switches and a pair of Master Volume and Tone knobs. The hardware has bright chrome plating on the vibrato and control plate, with light patina across the barrel saddles. The plastic parts are well-kept, and the white pearloid pickguard has great dimension, providing great contrast to the slightly greened Sonic Blue gloss finish. Cosmetic wear on the thick slab body is limited to some small dings and scuffs almost exclusively relegated to the body perimeter and the treble-side lower bout edge in particular. The ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.