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Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar with Case

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The Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar Electric Guitar provides unique features, tone and feel with an undeniable vibe that is showcased in Marr's sonic creations. Specialized features on the Johnny Marr signature Jaguar include custom-wound Bare Knuckle Johnny Marr single-coil neck and bridge pickups, custom-shaped maple neck based on Marr's 1965 Jaguar, vintage-style truss rod, lacquer finish and Marr’s signature on the front of the headstock.


Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar Electric Guitar Features
  • Custom-wound Bare Knuckle Johnny Marr single-coil neck and bridge pickups for a unique focused sound
  • Custom-shaped maple neck based on Marr's 1965 Jaguar
  • 4-position blade pickup switch on lower-horn selects between bridge, bridge and neck in parallel, neck, and bridge and neck in series
  • Two upper-horn slide switches for universal bright and pickup switch position 4 bright
  • Jaguar bridge with Mustang saddles, nylon bridge post inserts for improved stability
  • Includes a custom case with blue crushed velvet interior, strap, cable and flatwound strings
Unique switching includes a four-position blade-style pickup switch mounted to the lower-horn chrome plate which selects between bridge, bridge and neck in parallel, neck, and bridge and neck in series, plus two upper-horn slide switches for universal bright and pickup switch position 4 bright. A Jaguar bridge with Mustang saddles, nylon bridge post inserts for improved stability, chrome cover and vintage-style floating tremolo tailpiece set the Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar apart from the rest.

Johnny Marr
Marr is best known, of course, as the strikingly dynamic and influential anti-hero guitarist-arranger-all-around-musical-wunderkind behind Manchester quartet the Smiths, which virtually redefined and ruled U.K. pop throughout the 1980s. A master of melody, layering and texture, Marr has always brought his own instantly identifiable ringing, jangling genius to the proceedings, as he has done in post-Smiths stints with The The, Electronic, the Pretenders and Johnny Marr and the Healers, and right up to the present with Modest Mouse, the Cribs and innumerable guest appearances.

Primarily, I was attracted to the Jag by the way it sounded – this big, clear, ringing sound. My first proper experience playing one was with Modest Mouse in 2005. I had this riff kicking around that ended up becoming the song ‘Dashboard’, and it went from there really. The Jag suited the way I'd evolved as a guitar player, but at the same time my old stuff sounded absolutely right on it. It sounds like I’m supposed to sound.’ - Johnny Marr.

Aesthetically, I think the Jag is beautiful. I love the body shape and chrome; the early '60s idea of space-age design. When Fender approached me to make my own signature Jaguar, I wanted to iron out some of the flaws that I felt the guitar had, and spent months on the road going through as many as fifteen old Jags working out what I liked and didn’t like about each one. I wanted to prove the naysayers wrong about the Jag and my world became the guitar and the length of my guitar lead!

Switching and Pickups
I love the chrome panels on the Jag and didn’t want to change those as I felt they were a crucial part of the design. I did want to simplify the guitar's switching system, as I always found that over-complicated and soon figured out why players often covered the switches with duct tape so they wouldn't turn the guitar off by accident!’ - Johnny Marr.

I replaced the original three switch design with a single four-way Telecaster style switchblade. The first three positions are standard, bridge, both on and neck pickup selections, but when pushed forward into the fourth position it puts the two pickups in series where they act as one big humbucker, giving a darker, thicker sound that you don’t normally hear on a Jaguar. To give that circuit more possibilities I added a filter switch to the top panel that gives it more high end. By contrast, I always liked the high-pass filter switch from the original Jag design and repositioned it on the upper control panel where the 'jazz circuit' switch is normally found. It was another way of keeping things simpler.

We also lowered the height of these switches so they are less likely to be activated by accident. The pickups on my Jag are copied from vintage '62 pickups – I experimented with a lot of different setups but decided to change things from the original Jag design and had the pickups wound so that the polarity is the same on both instead of opposed. This definitely gives the pickups a more focused sound. We went through tons of different magnets and pickup wire to get the balance between the two just right.’ - Johnny Marr.

Product Specifications
Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Body Material: Alder
  • Body Shape: Jaguar
  • Body Finish: Lacquer
  • Neck Shape: Custom Neck Shape based on Johnny's '65 Jaguar
  • Frets: 22 Vintage Style
  • Fingerboard Radius: 7.25 inches (18.41 cm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Lacquer
  • Nut Width: 1.650 inches (42 mm)
  • Scale Length: 24 inches (61 cm)
  • Neck Plate: Vintage Style 4 Bolt
  • Truss Rods: Original Vintage Style
  • Pickup Configuration: S/S
  • Bridge Pickup: Custom Wound Bare Knuckle Johnny Marr Bridge Pickup
  • Neck Pickup: Custom Wound Bareknuckle Johnny Marr Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Switching: 4-Position Blade
    • Position 1. Bridge Pickup
    • Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups (In Parallel)
    • Position 3. Neck Pickup
    • Position 4. Neck and Bridge Pickups (In Series)
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Hardware Finish: Chrome
  • Bridge: Jaguar Bridge with Mustang Saddles and Vintage Style Floating Tremolo Tailpiece
  • Bridge Cover: Includes Chrome Bridge Cover
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Auxiliary Switching: 2 Slide-Switches: Universal Bright Switch; Bright Switch for Blade Position 4
  • Case: Custom GandG with Blue Crushed Velvet Interior
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply White/Black/White
  • Included Accessories: Strap, cable, set of flatwound strings
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  (480) 596-9690 Warranty:  Instruments: Limited Lifetime; Electronic Products (amps): Transferrable 5 Year Limited; Accessories: 1 Year Limited
John from Austin, TX, USA
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A new direction for me
Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Mine seems very well made. Quality tuners, custom pickups, and flawless finish. The neck is tinted nicely and finished well. I think the nut could have been finished/sanded a bit to help slight tuning issues, but that's standard setup stuff.
General
Your general opinion of this product.
I've never had or played a jag. I play an American strat and a custom Fano with p90s, so this is truly new territory to me. I wanted something different with pristine cleans...some jangle...and subtlety. That's exactly what this is. It took a big adjustment in my playing, as you will not be happy playing this for riff rock or blues... However, as I got to know it, I've really grown to love it.
Tone
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
This is pretty bright. When you have the choke switches engaged, there is a bit of a volume cut, and little low end. The series "humbucker" position is not a hot humbucker tone. That said, as I mentioned, as I get to know this guitar, I really like it. The tones are new to me, which is awesome. You can get jangly high cleans, warmer fuller tones where 6 string chords sound beautiful. This guitar loves reverb and modulation effects because it is so clear. It has inspired my playing in new ways. Trem sounds great.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
Gorgeous. I have the KO. beautiful.
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