Fender Kurt Cobain Mustang Fiesta Red 2012 Nirvana Roseland Guitar

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Here is for sale is a Fender Kurt Cobain Fiesta Red Mustang with a fitted TKL Hardshell case and is based on Kurt Cobain's famous Roseland Ballroom Fender Mustang. This guitar was made by Fender Japan in 2012 and is part of a special run of Kurt Cobain Mustang guitars that were released for a limited time, in Sonic Blue, Lake Placid Blue, and Fiesta Red. 


This guitar has since been discontinued by Fender and is highly coveted by Nirvana fans and collectors alike. This is another beautifully made and authentic artist endorsed guitar by Fender. It has been set up exactly to Kurt's specifications and made for him in 1993 for the In Utero tours. The Fiesta Red Fender Mustang was the first of the Japanese Fender Mustangs that Kurt acquired. The first recored appearance of his Fiesta Red Mustang was on the 23rd July 1993 at the Roseland Ballroom in New York. The guitar for sale is an official Kurt Cobain Mustang that has been modified to look like the original Roseland Ballroom guitar that he played. His 'Roseland Ballroom' Mustang was later changed by his Guitar tech Earnie Bailey to have a white pick guard with a full size Black Seymour Duncan JB which is the version Fender based their Kurt Cobain signature Mustang on. We thought it would be cool to take one of those and then model on it the set up for the Roseland appearance. This Mustang has a Red Tortoise shell pick guard, with a vintage 1990's Seymour Duncan JB JR in white in the bridge position, which fits into a single coil slot, which is the exact same pick up Kurt had in his to begin with. The bridge pick up is the original one with a white cover over it like Kurt's. The switch tips have had a bit of white paint applied punk rock style to match the white pick ups. This Mustang looks awesome with the red on red and white pick ups. We no longer have the original scratch plate or bridge pick up, but if you did want to reverse it you could pick up the parts relatively easy, but this guitar looks cool and distinct in this version. Kurt's Fiesta Red Mustang was named 'Oranj Stang' by Kurt and was written on the side of the case and preceded the arrival of the four 'Sky Stang's' which arrived shortly before the start of the In Utero Tour.

The Fender Kurt Cobain Mustang is one of the best mustangs Fender ever released in terms of looks, sound, quality, and playability. This Mustang has a 7.25" fretboard radius, 22 vintage style frets, 24" scale length. The nut width is approx 41.3mm / 1.625", the neck depth is 21.86mm / 0.865" and the first fret and 24.10mm / 0.9485" at the 12th fret. The frets are 1.97mm / 0.0775" wide and 0.95mm / 0.0375" deep. The guitar is in good condition with only a few dings and scratches and is in full working order. The most notable ding is on the front of the guitar just below the bridge on the left side, the paint chips around the bottom strap pin, and some wear on the back of the guitar in the usual spot where it meets your body.This all gives the guitar more rock 'n' roll character so you just relax and enjoy this awesome guitar. This Fender Kurt Cobain Mustang has a powerful sound, easy to play with the slim neck, and has great looks with the Red tortoiseshell pick guard on the Fiesta Red body. The guitar has also some cool history as it was once owned by Jez Fox of the Nirvana UK tribute band, you can check them out here: The Kurt Cobain Mustang is a highly collectible Fender and are becoming increasingly hard to come by and a great tribute to the late great Kurt Cobain.

Please note all guitars are sold as seen. Attention international buyers, if the guitar was made in your country and you purchase it from us in Europe, it means the item is considered “Returning to Origin” and you do not need to pay import tax. We try our best to show the guitar’s condition in the photos but this is not always possible for every detail. Each guitar is set up to the shop standard playing style and as we all know; each player is different. If it is not set up to your liking this is not a cause for complaint, as is finding some kind of imperfection that we may or may not have mentioned. We sell used guitars not museum pieces and we do not accept returns unless they have been damaged in transit. If you are looking for a perfect guitar that you will worry about damaging and hang on the wall we advise you to buy new! So be rock n roll! lml

Inspired by Kurt Cobain's arsenal of modded guitars, the new Fender Kurt Cobain Mustang electric guitar takes you back there, with highly distinctive features including an angled single-coil Mustang neck pickup and ferocious Seymour Duncan JB humbucking bridge pickup mounted directly to the body, dual on-off/phase in-out switches for each pickup, a polyester-finished alder body and an Adjusto-Matic™ bridge with dynamic vibrato tailpiece.

Other features include the classic 24" Mustang scale length, C-shaped maple neck with urethane finish, 7.25" - radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 vintage-style frets and vintage-style ivory dot inlays, four-ply Tortoiseshell pickguard, master volume and tone controls, vintage-style tuners, and chrome hardware.

Kurt Cobain liked Mustangs a lot. For one, he preferred offbeat guitars that didn't cost much and the Mustang certainly fit those two criteria. Also, being somewhat physically diminutive himself, he liked to perform live with slightly more diminutive guitars, like Fender Mustangs and Jaguars, which better fit his hands and his reach.

See for yourself-go back and watch the famous 1991 video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit," and there he is and there it is slung over his shoulder. Or think back to footage of the '93-'94 In Utero tour, when he seldom went onstage with anything but a Mustang. Quite often and especially later on, Mustangs were a big part of what Kurt Cobain was all about, musically.

When Kurt Cobain hit the stage in the early 90's, it was often with a Mustang electric guitar - he was an enigmatic anti-hero figure with an esoteric anti-hero instrument. So it's with great pride that Fender introduces the Kurt Cobain Mustang, which evokes the man, the band, the sound and the times, and gives an authentically crafted nod to one of the most unlikely guitars to ever find itself at the center of a musical maelstrom.

Guitar Features and Specifications

Body & Bridge:

  • Body Material: Alder
  • Body Shape: Mustang
  • Body Finish: Urethane
  • Bridge: Adjusto-Matic™ Bridge with Dynamic Vibrato Tail-piece
  • Pickguard: 4-Ply Tortoiseshell


  • Neck Shape: "C" Shape
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Fret Size: Vintage Style
  • Position Inlays: Vintage Ivory Dots
  • Fingerboard Radius: 7.25" (18.41 cm)
  • Fretboard: ROSEWOOD
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Urethane
  • Nut Width: 1.625" (41.3 mm)
  • Scale Length: 24" (61 cm)
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone

Pickups & Hardware:

  • Pickup Configuration: H/S
  • Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan JB Model™ Humbucking Bridge Pickup - Direct Mount
  • Neck Pickup: Mustang Single-Coil Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Switching: On/Off Slider, In/Out Phase Switch for Each Pickup
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Hardware Finish: Chrome

This item is sold As-Described

This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.

Product Specs

Listed2 months ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
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  • Japan
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Right / Left Handed
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Offset Body

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