Fender “VANDALISM” Stratocaster, MIJ 1999, Kurt Cobain, Custom Built Modified

$ 966.18

This is a Fender Stratocaster that has been custom built/modified into a “Vandalism” Strat

It is a similar style to the guitar made famous by Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)

(obviously a right hand version, unlike his actual left hand guitar)

But this one (unlike some I have done n the past) is not a 100% replica in details

1999-02, Made In Japan, “P” serial

Details modified for the “VANDALISIM” look include:

-Missing bottom tone knob, selector switch tip, and backplate

-Correct vinyl material, and correct sized Vandalism sticker

-HSS pickup configuration

A 1990s era Seymour Duncan JB Humbucker has been fitted

(this has been on my parts bench for a long time, waiting for a special project)

It comes incredibly close to THAT Nirvana guitar tone

Lot’s of sustain with clearer overtones, pushed through distortion/high gain its screams

Both the neck and middle pickups are original Fender JPN Alnico single coils

The following upgrades have also been made (all my own custom wiring)

I use only the best high end parts, all installed to the highest professional standard

It includes:

-Split coil for the humbucker (single coil to humbucker switching)

-7 way pickup selection, (push pull switching option )

-Treble bleed volume circuit

-Bridge tone control added

-“No Load” master tone pot

-All control cavities have full copper shielding

(yes, all the tape joints are soldered post photos/final assembly)

Parts include:

-Realtone (USA) HSS pickguard

-Bourns (USA) push pull volume pot and middle tone pot

-CTS (USA) Vintage ‘Dish Back’ ‘No Load’ Tone Pot

-Switchcraft (USA) ¼” input jack

-Oak Grigsby (USA) 5-way switch

-Sprague .04 mfd orange drop tone capacitor

-“treble bleed” circuit

(using Sprague .001mfd orange drop capacitor

120k Allen Bradley 1/4 watt Carbon Comp resistor)

-22 gauge, waxed braided, vintage cloth wiring

The neck is one piece Maple, with a slab Rosewood board

It has a modern flat oval profile and is extremely fast to play

9.5” radius board, vintage frets, 25 ½” scale

This is a guitar for the Nirvana fans, who will hopefully play the hell out of it

With the bonus of having massive tonal variations and sounds

Includes a Fender gig case/bag


All machinery, electrical, and pickups are without issue. EVERY mark, scratch, dent, paint chip or any/all other damage is deliberate for this custom/replica guitar – as pictured.


– Upon cleared payment, all small items (pedals, wiring etc) are usually posted within 24-72hr

– Guitars and Basses are packed on Monday (courier collection Tuesday) and Thursday (for courier collection Friday)

Meaning, if your purchase is on a Thursday (after 1pm), Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday (before 1pm) it will be couriered Tuesday.

If your purchase is on Monday (after 1pm), Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday (before 1pm) it will be couriered Friday.

We take great care and pride in making sure guitars are carefully set up and packed correctly for transport, so we do not rush this step.

The String Switch Noise store operates primarily as an online business.

However, we do have a dedicated showroom 30min south of the Brisbane CBD.

By appointment we are available Monday-Friday 10am-5pm to test out and pick up purchased items.

Please call or contact us directly through the website.

String Switch Noise


— International delivery is possible for most items and can be arranged at exact cost of shipping. However, there are some restrictions with regions and package size. Please contact us first BEFORE making any purchase to check if an item can be delivered, and to organise the ACTUAL delivery costs. International shipping pricing (if found on listing) is an estimate only (it may be more, but it also may be less). Any applicable customs, duties, or taxes that your country may charge is solely the responsibility of you the buyer. Any questions you may have about this should be directed to your local countries authorities.

— We proudly strive to send out all orders within 24 hours of purchase and/or receiving cleared payment (apart from holidays and weekends). However please allow up to 72hrs for packing and courier pickups. Once your item is packed you will receive notification and relevant tracking number and courier/postal details.

— Small items such as effect pedals and wiring harnesses are sent via Australia Post standard service, with tracking ONLY. Both domestically and internationally. No responsibility will be taken from us for the loss or damage of an item by Australia Post. At your request, signature upon delivery or postal insurance can be added for the additional cost. Please contact us before purchase, or immediately after purchase.

— Australia wide, guitars are sent via courier delivery with full insurance, tracking, and signature upon delivery services. Guitar packages MAY be sent via Australia Post if the delivery area is in a remote region/outside normal courier delivery areas/outside normal costs (and the package size is under 105cm long).

— Courier deliveries can NOT be sent to a PO Box, Parcel Locker, or Parcel Collect service. They must be sent to a physical address, where someone can sign for the item on arrival.

— All items are packed to the highest degree for transit. Proudly, our packaging is at the highest of standards, with the best reputation you will find anywhere in the industry. This comes from 2500 guitars (and counting) being sent without issue both Australia wide and internationally over 8 years (and counting). A great amount of pride and detail goes into making sure every item arrives safe and in a timely manner. Pedals and small items are packed in multiple layering of bubble wrap and double corrugated shipping cardboard. Guitars, pending the instrument, have strings de tuned so there is no tension on the neck and headstock. Neck/body /headstock are wrapped separately in multiple bubble wrap layers, high density foam and/or cardboard reinforced. If applicable it is then placed in gig/soft case or hard case. If in gig/soft case it is once again bubble wrapped/foam reinforced before being boxed. Each package/box is custom cut and fit in heavy duty double corrugated shipping cardboard. All voids are padded out and the body edge, base, and top of head stock foam reinforced/padded. Finally, the boxing will have copious amounts of high visibility “Fragile” and “This way up” warning labels.

— We are also extremely environmentally conscious. We re use and recycle almost all bubble wrap, foam, and cardboard packaging materials.


— We do not accept any trade, trade ins, consignment, or direct customer purchases.

— All payments to be made in full at time of purchase. The are no holds, deposits, or layby.

— Payment can be made by Paypal, Credit Card (through Paypal), Bank Deposit/Online Transfer, Afterpay, or ZIP.

— If payment is made via Paypal goods and service, the item will ONLY be posted/couriered to your registered Paypal address (NO alternative address). This is to ensure the Paypal buyer and seller insurance protection is valid.

— All photos are our own and are of the actual item being offered for purchase.

We NEVER use stock photos.

An extensive amount of time and effort is put in to accurately show the items true condition, colour, and shape. Though please realise the limitations of photography. Images and colours can be perceived differently depending of the type and quality of the device it is viewed on.

— Advertised photos form a large part of the representation of the items condition. Please view the photos carefully as well as reading all item descriptions and/or condition text. Whilst every effort is made to photograph all parts of items, not every little dimple/micro scratch can or will be photographed. We always photograph any and all large cosmetic flaws, such as paint chips/cracks/large dents, that we consider to be significant.

— Cosmetically, items are as per detailed photos and/or descriptions. Functionally, all pots, jacks, switch and machinery components are working without issue, and serviced upon arrival. Each item is tested and/or serviced/set up before listing. It is also tested again moments before packaging, after purchase, to insure it is 100%.

—Guitars and basses are set up with action at a standard with no playability issues, unless otherwise described. However please understand no one set-up is right for everybody. If you prefer a different action height/tuning/string gauge please adjust at your own liking. Please also realise that almost all items are used, and most are 20-30 year vintage instruments/effects. They will exhibit some wear and tear. If you need detailed specifics, extra information/on the bench specs can be given about anything you require. Please do not hesitate to ask if this is necessary.

— No refund will be given for change of mind. There will be no warranty or refund given other than dead on arrival, broken, or faulty that is NOT already described and outlined in the descriptive text and detailed photos. In the HIGHLY unlikely event, there is damage in transit, a postal/courier insurance claim will be made to recover the cost of damage. However, we are always happy to help and work through any issue, in the rare event that one arises.