There’s an old saying that “no price bear an original,” but with recent guitar technology, you can come pretty close to the real thing.
Sure, Jimmy Page ain’t gonna sell his classic ’59 Les Paul, or the Gibson double-neck he played “Stairway to Heaven” on anytime soon, but with today’s technology, a guitar can be copied down to the micrometer. Of course, there’s also people who can replicate the belt buckle wear, scratches, cigarette burns, and wood wear that comes from years of playing an instrument.
Now to help celebrate the anniversary of Nevermind, Kurt Cobain’s Fender Jaguar has been replicated by, and you can own one too if you’ve just gotta have it.
In the eighties, slick, hi-tech guitars were all the rage, but with Cobain and his Seattle ilk, kookier guitars like the Mosrite, which was also played by Johnny Ramone, the Jaguar, and the Fender Jazzmaster became popular again. The Jaguar was also used in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to produce those big, clean, twangy guitar notes.
The Jaguar is still an under valued instrument in the rare guitar scheme of things, and they’re not hard to track down if you want one. Where a lot of artist replica guitars can cost up to $10 grand, Cobain’s Jaguar replica will cost you $1,299.
As Fender notes on fender.com, Cobain’s Jaguar is from 1965, and he bought it in 1991. Where a lot of Fenders usually have single coil pickups, this model has two humbuckers for a heavier sound.
It also comes with a few kooky switches and parts, like the “Adjusto-Matic” bridge, and includes a book on Cobain with photos and text by famed Seattle photographer Charles Peterson.