Up for sale, a 2006 Fender Jaguar '66 vintage reissue Kurt Cobain model in near mint 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 VI, 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 VI model seen here reflects all of the modifications made to Kurt's Jag, with a three knob control layout and Gibson-style three-way toggle switch on the hexagonal Lead Circuit plate governing the USA-made 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 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C profile carve with rounded shoulders and a hair more depth as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .935" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard features original perfect slender fretwire and pearl dot inlay. 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.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the Cobain-modified 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 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, there's barely a scratch on the guitar save for a bit of light pick scuffing across the brown tortoise pickguard. The ambered neck profile gloss is flawless.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.