Some guitars are linked to legendary guitarists. Eric Clapton is a Strat player, Angus Young is an SG player, and Kurt Cobain was a Jaguar player. Fender has launched the Signature Kurt Cobain Jaguar, replete with accessories and a few references to the renowned Nirvana vocalist, to commemorate this iconic partnership. Let’s take a closer look at this.
Fender’s Kurt Cobain Jaguar is a reimagined recreation of Cobain’s damaged and exceedingly distinctive 1965 Jaguar, which he used during Nirvana’s euphoric early-’90s reign as rock royalty and led a musically spectacular and culturally radical movement. Alder body, bound fingerboard with Pearloid dot markers, Stratocaster headstock shape with 1950s-style “spaghetti” logo, DiMarzio humbucking DP103 PAF 36th Anniversary neck pickup and DP100 Super Distortion bridge pickup, three-position toggle switch, black chrome Adjustor-Matic bridge, and Gotoh sealed tuners are among the features. Both right- and left-handed models are available. A unique Fender Kurt Cobain book with images and analysis by Charles Peterson, as well as an enlightening interview with Nirvana guitar tech Earnie Bailey, is included in the package.
With so many options, describing every sound the Jaguar can make is difficult, but be assured that the great pickups and craftsmanship provide a high-end tone. The DP100 Super Distortion provides exactly what it says on the tin: a massive, aggressive distorted tone that’s clear and controllable even at maximum power. This is great for anything from Maiden to Nirvana and everything in between. When played properly, the neck PAF is less concerned with generating face-melting distortion and more concerned with delivering a warm and natural tone that works well for classic rock, blues, and even jazz.
Overall, whether you’re a fanatical Kurt Cobain fan, a Nirvana fan, or simply enjoy a very flexible, easy-to-play vintage Fender, there’s really nothing to hate here. The quality of the construction and tone deserves the price, and the accessories are a lovely touch.