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2002 Fender Jag-Stang Kurt Cobain Signature Guitar Fiesta Red w/ Dimarzio Super Distortion, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 2002 Fender Jag-Stang in excellent condition and in perfect working order, finished in Fiesta Red and 100% original save for an upgraded Dimarzio Super Distortion bridge pickup. 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 8lbs 2oz, 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 medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with a gentle increase in overall heft and shoulder further up the fretboard. This neck has more overall heft than the more slender carve typically associated with a Jag-Stang (purportedly "modeled after one of Cobain's favorite '60s Mustangs"). The profile measures .835" deep at the 1st fret and .950" 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 veneer rosewood fretboard retains the original slender frets which are practically perfect, boasting their full factory height and well-rounded crowns. 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" decal is intact. The "Crafted in Japan" text and Q-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.

All of the electronics work as intended, with an upgraded (and very Nirvana appropriate) Dimarzio Super Distortion 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 bridge and vibrato, with light patina on the control plate. The plastic parts are well-kept, and the white pearloid pickguard has great dimension, providing great contrast to the Fiesta Red gloss finish. Cosmetic wear is limited to some small dings and finish scratches across the back, and a few additional nicks on the lower bout body edge. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

A vintage Japanese faux-leather gigbag is included.