Jeff Owens writes in an [article](http://www2.fender.com/experience/guitarchive/the-jag-stang/) published by Fender, "The Jag-Stang was designed by Kurt Cobain, and the design process was rather simple - he took Polaroids of half of a Jaguar and half of a Mustang, and taped them together. After making a few small drawn modifications and notes, the design was sent to Fender Custom Shop master builder Larry Brooks. The Jag-Stang wasn't used very often while Kurt had it, not only due to some glitches that still needed to be worked out, but also the fact that Kurt got the Sonic Blue one not too long before he died. Fender released the Jag-Stang to the public in both Sonic Blue and Fiesta Red in 1995-1996. It was reissued in 2005-2006."more
In [this interview](http://noisey.vice.com/blog/unknown-mortal-orchestras-ruban-nielson-is-fine-staying-indoors-thanks) with Noisey, Ruben says, "I really like them; they change the way that I play. I used to play a regular scale Telecaster in a punk band I was in [The Mint Chicks], but when I changed to the Jag-Stang, I could play much more intricate stuff. It's a really subtle difference, but it makes a big difference."more
I bought Jagstang [CIJ 1997] in Ukraine in 2011 from a guy who traded second-hand stuff from Japan. He had no idea about this guitar so I got it for quite good price. I can't call myself Kurt Cobain's biggest fan , but I always wanted to purchase some Fender offset guitar. Especially it's quite rare guitar for Ukraine that is twice as pleasant. I got a guitar in a perfect cosmetic condition and probably without any modification. Jagstang's flat, slab-like body shape differs from the "comfort contour body" of Jazzmaster and Jaguar, at the same time guitar has perfect 24" short scale neck. Bridge humbucker sounds nice but i use it seldomly, neck single pickup is one of the best sounding pickups which I ever heard. My guitar finished in Fiesta Red, but Sonic Blue also looks awesome.
Stock this guitar really isn't that good. It's why a lot of people, that kept their Jag-Stangs over the years, have modded them. The most simple mod that most people do is getting rid of the awful Fender Santa Ana humbucker. The neck, however, is an absolute dream and the best neck I've ever experienced on a guitar.
This guitar is amazing. This is the first guitar I dropped more than $200 dollars on and it was well worth the money. For starters, the angled humbucker in the bridge is great for getting that early Green Day sound (I suggest changing this to a Duncan JB). The thin neck is optimal for the players with small hands. I would suggest not using the tremolo on this guitar, because like with every other guitar that doesn't have a Floyd Rose, the tremolo throws the whole guitar out of tune. All in all this is a great guitar.