Fender has unveiled a brand new left handed guitar for 2014 – and it isn’t a Strat or Telecaster! Well I say ‘brand new’, it’s actually just the Road Worn Kurt Cobain Jaguar minus the simulated wear and tear on the older model.
The relicing on the older model definitely put off a lot of potential buyers who weren’t neccesarily die-hard Nirvana fans, so this new model may be a welcome addition for many. It’s fair to say that Fender has been pretty poor of late in terms of offering lefties outside of the usual Standard Strats and Teles, so it’s at least nice to see something a little different.
But with other big-hitters like Gibson offering their entire USA line-up left handed, you can’t help but wonder why Fender is so far behind – as far as I’m aware, this is the only new lefty for 2014.
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Fender 2014 Left Handed Kurt Cobain Jaguar Guitar
Fender’s Kurt Cobain Jaguar® is a new-looking version of 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.
Features include an alder body, bound fingerboard with pearloid dot markers, Stratocaster® headstock shape with 1950s-style “spaghetti” logo, DiMarzio® humbucking DP103 PAF 36th Anniversary neck pickup and DP100 Super Distortion bridge pickup, triple knurled “chrome-dome” knob configuration (volume, volume, tone), three-position toggle switch, black chrome Adjusto-Matic™ bridge and Gotoh® sealed tuners.
Available in right- and left-handed versions. Accessories include a black textured vinyl hard-shell case and an exclusive Fender Kurt Cobain book with photos and commentary by Charles Peterson and an insightful interview with Nirvana guitar tech Earnie Bailey.
Model Name: Kurt Cobain Jaguar®, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst
Color: 3-Color Sunburst
Body Material: Alder
Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
Body Shape: Jaguar®
Neck Material: Rosewood
Neck Finish: Gloss Urethane
Neck Shape: Modern “C”
Scale Length: 24″ (610 mm)
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5″ (241 mm)
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Nut Width: 1.650″ (42 mm)
Position Inlays: Pearloid Dot
Bridge Pickup: DiMarzio® DP100 Super Distortion Humbucking
Neck Pickup: DiMarzio® PAF DP-103
Controls: Lead Circuit Controls (Slide Switch Down): Volume (Neck), Volume (Bridge), Master Tone; Rhythm Circuit Controls (Slide Switch Up): Two Thumbwheel Controls for Neck Pickup Volume and Tone
Pickup Configuration: HH
Bridge: Black Chrome Adjusto-Matic™ Bridge with Chrome Vintage-Style “Floating” Tremolo Tailpiece and Tremolo Lock Button
Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome/Black Chrome
Tuning Machines: Gotoh® Cast/Sealed
Strings: Fender® USA, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
Unique Features: Stratocaster® Headstock, Toggle Pickup Selector Switch, Custom “Fender” Engraved Neckplate, White Bound Fingerboard, ’50s Style Spaghetti Logo Decal, Knurled Chrome Dome Control Knobs, Modified Lower Switch Plate with Single Toggle Switch, Aged White Pickup Covers with Black Pickup Bezels, Tremolo Tip and Switch Tip, Dual “Wing” String Trees