Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar - 3-Color Sunburst
Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar - 3-Color Sunburst
James... 02/17/2012

Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar - 3-Color Sunburst : James...'s user review

"Much improved over past Cobain models"
5

I should say up front that I am not a huge Nirvana fan. But I happen to think Kurt had some pretty good tone and had a funny way of getting it. He didn't use what everyone else was using at all. He just did things his own way I guess. While he used his Mustang a lot, he also used the Jaguar from time to time too. This is supposedly a replica of that Jaguar. I will be the first to admit that the older Fender Cobain signature guitars were terribly overpriced for what they were/ These new replica models are priced roughly the same with (what looks like) a lot more bang for the buck.

At first glance, there isn't a lot to this guitar. But it's actually got a bunch of tricks up its sleeve. The base of the guitar is pretty traditional. C shaped neck. Alder body. No surprises. Besides the obvious body aging that has been done, this is your typical jaguar design. The aging by the way, is pretty good. I felt like some of the first road worn models from fender were a little bit much, and the execution was off. This feels like it had some thought put into it and all the "damage" looks appropriately authentic. Thankfully the neck doesn't feel like someone took a sander to the fret board.

The seymour duncans are a nice tough here. The super distortion is obviously not for the faint of heart, but I really like how they put the PAF anniversary in the neck. That has been one of my favorite pickups since it came out. The switching can be a little tricky at first, especially if you aren't familiar with the jag layout. It's a little complicated to explain. It's better to learn it yourself. But the short version is you have your normal tone volume pickup switching options along with the other switches which are for voicings. Once you get the hang of it, it's very simple.

The quality on this is surprisingly very good. And that's coming from a guy who has said a lot of bad things about fender quality the last few years. My big problem with a lot of fenders lately has been the feel. But this guitar feels great to me. It surely has that Kobain vibe. They really nailed this one I think. Price is very appropriate. I guess the only knock against it is the fact that it's not an overly classic design or anything. But come on...it's a signature model.