Rediscovering In Utero

An Exclusive Look at Kurt Cobain’s Fender Guitars

Twenty years after its release, third and final Nirvana studio album In Utero still casts a long shadow over the rock ‘n’ roll landscape. The 1993 recording is often pegged as a symbol of stripped-down simplicity, dark artistic vision and frontman Kurt Cobain’s noted disenchantment with commercial success.

During the 1993-1994 In Utero tour, Cobain favored a quiver of modified Mustang® guitars as his main instruments. Fender surveyed these historically significant guitars in the late 2000s, meticulously noting specifications for authentic artist-model recreations including 2012’s Kurt Cobain Mustang guitar. Doing so meant uncovering a music history time capsule that had been out of the public eye for nearly two decades.

The Kurt Cobain Mustang guitar reflects much of this diligent research, from its trimmed switch tips to its Adjusto-Matic™ bridge. Norvell and Perez were also granted the rare opportunity to lightly dismantle the original guitars and ascertain wiring schemes and pickup configurations, including the Mustang’s angled neck pickup and Seymour Duncan® JB humbucking bridge pickup mounted directly into the body of the guitar—just as Cobain had left them.

Behind the Scenes

“When we undertake a signature model we try to get as much detail as possible, and the original guitars are the best source.”

— Fender’s Justin Norvell, who, along with Fender master builder Alex Perez, was given access to Cobain’s guitars.

Kurt Cobain Jaguar®

Fender® introduces one of its most distinctive signature models ever, the Kurt Cobain Jaguar®-meticulously modeled on the battered and highly unusual 1965 Jaguar that Cobain wielded during the heady early-’90s era when Nirvana ruled rock and led a musically stunning and culturally subversive movement.

Comes with an exclusive 32-page Fender Kurt Cobain book with images and commentary by photographer Charles Peterson and an interview with Nirvana guitar tech Earnie Bailey.
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Kurt Cobain Mustang®

When Kurt Cobain hit the stage, it was very often with a Mustang® guitar-an enigmatic anti-hero figure with an esoteric anti-hero instrument. It’s with great pride then that Fender introduces the Kurt Cobain Mustang, which evokes the man, the band, the sound and the times, and gives an authentically crafted nod to one of the most unlikely guitars to ever find itself at the center of a musical maelstrom.

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