Up for sale, a 2002 Fender Jaguar '66 vintage reissue Kurt Cobain model in exceptional, 100% original 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 HJG-66KC IV, this Jaguar features USA-made Dimarzio PAF and Super Distortion humbuckers, a Tune-o-matic bridge, bound rosewood fingerboard, and a very 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 Dimarzio humbucker pair. The DP103 36th Anniversary PAF in the neck position has a traditional Gibson-style tonal range with excellent dynamics and articulation, handling gain well for a harmonic-rich, powerful sound. The DP100 Super Distortion in the bridge position is Dimarzio's iconic high powered humbucker, designed to kick your amp into overdrive and perfectly tailored to Nirvana's ripping drive. This Jaguar weighs 8lbs 9oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender, fast-feeling C profile carve with slight shoulders and a hair more depth as you travel up the bound rosewood fretboard, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard features pearloid dot inlay and original slender frets which show just a touch of wear beneath the B and High E strings on frets 2-3. The scale length is 24" and the nut measures 1 5/8" in width. The headstock features Kluson-style Gotoh tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Crafted in Japan" text and P-prefix serial are present just above the four-bolt F neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended, with a traditional Jaguar control array governing the pair of USA-made Dimarzio humbuckers. The hardware includes a Tune-o-matic bridge that ensures optimal intonation and stability, working in concert with the vibrato unit for subtle warbles and deeper dives. The chrome plating is gleaming, and the reddish brown tortoise pickguard is dark and glossy with a few requisite pick scuffs. The alder body features a unique Sunburst gloss finish, highly accurate to Cobain's guitar with a more opaque/yellow center, given the sealer coat Fender was using on their Sunbursts in the mid 60s, with a simulated heavily faded ring of red and dark black edges. Exceptionally clean, cosmetic wear is limited to a few minor dings and finish scuffs in the black edge of the Sunburst on the back, and only a couple additional faint marks on the body as a whole. The ambered neck profile gloss is flawless.
A heavy duty leather gigbag is included.