$4,500,000 was the final closing price for the infamous “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video guitar at Julien’s Auctions. Well, since that is ridiculous, here is my replica! A 2002 Japanese 1969/1973 reissue, Ocean Turquoise, Competition Mustang with matching headstock and racing stripe. The bridge pickup (on both guitars) was swapped out. A Seymour Duncan 1990’s Hot Rails on the 2002 and a SH-4 JB on the Cobain model (stanard from Fender). The horrible stock Fender bridge was swapped out with a Gotoh GE104B – ABR-1 Gibson Style – Tune-o-matic Bridge. This was done by wrapping electrical tape around the posts til it fit snug. And YES, this is how Kurt’s guitar tech Earnie Bailey did it.
Often called “Lake Placid Blue” or “Burgundy Blue” in the late 1960’s and early 70’s… the older Fender clear coat ages yellow over the years. This produces a more teal/blue hue which leads me to my 2012 Made in Japan Kurt Cobain Signature Mustang. Back in 2012 Fender made a signature line of Kurt Cobain Mustangs much like they did with the Jagstang (1995–2001, 2003–2005, 2021–present). The KC Mustang is a 1969/1973 style neck and contoured body. It was offered in Lake Placid Blue (with racing stripes), Fiesta Red and Sonic Blue (Skystang2). All of them had a Seymor Duncan JB Humbucker in the bridge position, Gotoh bridge and lowered pickup switches.
- It had a Seymour Duncan HB in the bridge instead of the Hot Rails.
- The paint was way off. Dark Lake Placid blue, like a 1969 Fender probably looked like off the assembly line in its day. That paint job is a color-shifter. Sometimes it looks more blue, green or teal depending on the lighting.
- And most noticeably there was no matching headstock.
Hello, my name is Justin Driscoll. Originally from New Jersey, I call the wonderful state of North Carolina home. I might have taken your photo at some point or met you at a Rock N Roll show? However, I also have many other facets of my life I am passionate about. I started this site to talk about some of those things.
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