Not known for his soloing, but more for his insane tone and rhythms, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain was a true Fender man, using the Jaguar Mustang and Stratocasters throughout his all-too-brief career.
The classic album Nevermind has the unmistakable sound of Fender all over it, including one of his guitars being reduced to splinters in the ‘secret’ track, “Endless, Nameless”.
Unlike some of rock’s purists, Cobain had a penchant for the left-handed Japanese Stratocasters of the period. This was due to two particular reasons, one, their availability and secondly, the guitars vintage-style small frets.
Availability was key, as Cobain’s guitars would invariably be rebuilt at sometime in his possession, mainly as a result of Nirvana’s unapologetic end of set demolition of instruments.
After Cobain’s death in 1994, Fender released the posthumous Jag-stang signature model.
Fender delivered a prototype sonic blue Jag-Stang to Cobain in 1993, and he used this on tour in support of Nirvana’s In Utero album.