Up for sale, a 1999 Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Easily the rarest iteration of the Kurt Cobain Jaguar platform, this guitar was part of an exceedingly small run made for Fender Japan in collaboration with Ikebe. Officially model HJC-66KC IV, this Jaguar features an exacting eye to detail in the recreation of Cobain’s iconic Jag, including the distinctive three-tone Sunburst, perfectly replicating the faded central red ring on Cobain’s iconic instrument.
The Ikebe model had three sub-models the IV, V and VI. The IV model seen here has the Jaguar's traditional control layout governing the upgraded Seymour Duncan humbucker pair (replacing the Dimarzio humbuckers that were loaded in this model from the factory). It’s a classic Duncan combo, with a ‘59 SH-1n PAF-style humbucker at the neck and a JB at the bridge. The SH-1n '59 PAF humbucker in the neck position delivers sweet, singing sustain and warm, full tones with excellent clarity and articulation thanks to the slightly scooped midrange. At the bridge, the SH-4 JB - the “ultimate hot-rodded humbucker” - has a big, powerful low end with crisp, biting highs and boosted mids; perfect for adding crunch and chunk to chords or for searing, white-hot distorted melodic lines. This Jaguar weighs 8lbs 12oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a moderately slender C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .930” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard has a 7 1/4” radius, featuring pearloid dot inlays and stock slender fretwire. The frets have well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear beneath all strings on frets 1-3 with wear growing fainter and extending beneath the plain strings until the octave. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24” scale length with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The “Crafted in Japan” script text and P-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended, with a traditional Jaguar control array governing the Seymour Duncan pickups, and an upgraded harness with full-size CTS pots and a treble bleed circuit in the Lead Circuit and additional aluminum shielding in this control cavity. Hardware includes the original ABR-1-style bridge (one of the features of the Cobain model), ensuring optimal intonation and stability, working in concert with the vibrato for subtle warble and deeper divers. Hardware includes an upgraded pair of flat-topped knurled knobs (further aligning with Cobain spec), clean chrome-plated control plates, and a replacement pair of smoked chrome pickup rings. A dark reddish tortoise pickguard rounds out the plastics, exhibiting some requisite scuffing on the treble side of the strum path.
The alder body features a unique Sunburst gloss finish, highly accurate to Cobain's guitar with a simulated heavily faded ring of red and dark black edges, Cosmetic wear includes concentrated wear along the lower bout body edge, some dings across the back, and a number of faint finish scratches and additional minor marks on the body as a whole. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and clean.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.