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 guitar, 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.
Kurt Cobain liked Mustang guitars a lot. For one, he preferred offbeat guitars that didn't cost zillions of dollars, and the Mustang certainly fit those two criteria. Also, being somewhat physically diminutive himself, he liked to perform live with slightly more diminutive guitars, like the Mustang and Jaguar® guitar, which better fit his hands and his reach.
Inspired by his arsenal of modded guitars, the Kurt Cobain Mustang® guitar takes you back there, with highly distinctive features including an angled single-coil Mustang neck pickup and ferocious Seymour Duncan® JB humbucking bridge pickup mounted directly to the body, dual on-off/phase in-out switches for each pickup, a polyester-finished alder body and an Adjusto-Matic™ bridge with dynamic vibrato tailpiece.
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The sound of this guitar is very versatile. The bridge pickup is exactly what is needed to make my tube amp distort in a very satisfying way. When I go to the crunch channel I can get my type of crunch (I call it a chainsaw distortion). The neck pickup can hold its own against the monster sitting in the bridge position. I like the sound and switch to it when doing any kind of traditional ska type sound (yes the neck pickup, the dark sounding one, can get some ska jingle to it, cool huh?). By combining the pickups there are some nice tones to be discovered. There is one tone that is very low in volume but, has a great old school AM-radio sound to it. I dinged the features by one star because I find it hard to find manuals and parts for this particular guitar in the after market world. In all fairness, one call to Fender and they know the model and, will help you out. But I am a very do-it-yourself kind of person. The value of the guitar is un-rateable. If you are from the "grunge generation" there is no value that can be assigned to a guitar set up like Kurt Cobain would of used. For others, milage may vary.
ramiuseng owns this item
Been playing mainly Nirvana tunes with this baby and it really has the sound to be called a Kurt Cobain edition. Not sure though that he would have coughed up the $1200 I paid for it last summer.
Sylvain owns this item
Bought this recently. I have / have owned 7 models from Fender but I think this one is the coolest. I was surprised by the versatile tones and that the guitar suited so well for playing everything from Johnny Cash to Metallica. I have the Cobain Jag-Stang guitar but this sounds more like Nirvana did during the In Utero era.
Very nice neck, good variety of sounds, comes in nice color options with an amazing finish.
f96nini owns this item
Even if you don't like Nirvana/Cobain, this is still the best Mustang that Fender do. The Adjusto-matic bridge is an improvement on the standard mustang one, and the Jeff Beck humbucker sounds great.
Only issues with it: the sonic blue and fiesta red ones are perfect replicas of Kurt's In-Utero era Mustangs, but Kurt's competition Mustang had a matching headstock and didn't have the humbucker installed. If you're a purist, get one of the other colours. That's the only reason it gets a 4* for features. Then there's the price - as the description mentions, Cobain didn't like to spend a lot on guitars and I doubt he'd pay the rrp for this one.
They're my only (very, very minor) complaints, it's a great guitar to play. I tried to get my local guitar shop to order one in, but apparently Fender aren't making them anymore. I had to travel a bit to get mine, so if you're planning on getting one make it quick! If you're happy to buy online, a few places are doing good discounts at the time of writing.
Stephen owns this item
Really pleased with the Kurt Cobain Mustang from Fender, it's a real quality guitar that can be used for virtually all types of music - even has Telecaster tones on the clean channels. I bought the Fiesta Red one, and it was set up nicely, didn't have to change a thing - just tune her up, and plug her in. However, I have one minor complaint, and that is that there wasn't even a gig bag included, for a guitar that costs in the UK over the £800 mark, I think Fender have been a little bit mean here when it comes to guitar protection. Luckily I bought a Gator hard case for it as well (A Gator GC-ELEC-A Deluxe Fit All Electric Case), otherwise I wouldn't have had a thing to put her in. So the Mustang gets 10/10, but Fender Japan - must try harder!!
Freako owns this item
I've wanted a Fender Mustang since I first saw and played one in 1990. It was a 1967 Mustang that belonged to my dad's friend. I couldn't find one in a music shop till 2012. It's my favorite electric guitar. It's the Kurt Cobain Dark Blue with stripes.
First I must tell you a problem I had that is easily fixed. On my guitar I had to adjust the height of the tailpiece in order to keep the guitar from getting out of tune after using the tremolo arm. It was set up too high so that it wouldn't return to the original position after using. Once you lower it enough lt won't get out of tune. Also if you find that the high E and B strings get out of tune you should probably loosen the metal thing on the headstock that pulls them down.
The pickups are incredible with a ton of tonal options because of the two switches. I love the shorter scale, and my hands wrap around the small neck quite well. I love the color and the stripes, plus, I think that the shape of the Mustang is the coolest of the Fender line up. From dirty to clean, Funk to Punk, this is the guitar of my dreams.
Borges N.I. owns this item
Picked this one up a couple of months ago. As a Nirvana fan, this was a dream come true and it's a really great guitar to play. From the factory the set up was poor, intonation and action was of with lots of buzz, minor fixes though. Once setup this thing is great to play, neck feels great and I like the shorter neck scale. Both picksups are quiet and with the various switches this thing goes from pleasant clean tones on the neck pickup to hard overdrive with bridge pickup and many places in between. Only real negative point, as with all mustangs is the tremolo, it will cause this thing to go out of tune just by resting your hand on it, but I never use it anyway, so not a big deal. Overall, I love this guitar and it has a special place in my collection.
Ksar owns this item
|Model Name:||Kurt Cobain Mustang®, Rosewood Fingerboard, Fiesta Red|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||24" (610 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||7.25" (184.1 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.625" (41.3 mm)|
|Truss Rods:||Vintage-Style Heel Adjust|
|Truss Rod Nut:||Vintage-Style Slotted|
|Bridge Pickup:||Direct Mount Seymour Duncan® JB™ Humbucking|
|Neck Pickup:||Single-Coil Mustang|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|Pickup Switching:||On/off, phase slider switch for each pickup (in/out)|
|Bridge:||Adjusto-Matic™ Bridge with Dynamic Vibrato Tailpiece|
|Tuning Machines:||6-in-Line American Vintage|
|Pickguard:||4-Ply Aged White Pearloid|
|Control Knobs:||Black Plastic|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250R, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)|
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