One of the most influential guitarists of modern times, Johnny Marr and the Smiths helped to take British music to a new level that is revered now around the world.
The Johnny Marr signature Jaguar complements the uniquely identifiable style that characterizes Marr's playing. The iconic Fender jangle that comes from a Jag is combined with custom-wound pickups from British company Bare Knuckle and a customised neck which takes its shape from Marr's original vintage Fender Jag.
The Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar is not just for fans of Marr or the Smiths. It is a unique take on one of Fender's classics which exhibits Great British character and pizzazz, feels like no other Jag, and remains true to the alternative design, feel and sound of the classic Fender Jaguar.
Here's what Fender say about the Johnny Marr Jaguar:
Fender is very proud to introduce the Johnny Marr signature Jaguar guitar. 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.
Specialized features include custom-wound Bare Knuckle Johnny Marr single-coil neck and bridge pickups; custom-shaped maple neck based on Marr's 1965 Jaguar, with vintage-style truss rod, lacquer finish and Marr's signature on the front of the headstock; four-position blade-style pickup switch mounted to the lower-horn chrome plate (bridge, bridge and neck in parallel, neck, bridge and neck in series); two upper-horn slide switches (universal bright and pickup switch position four bright); Jaguar bridge with Mustang saddles, nylon bridge post inserts for improved stability, chrome cover and vintage-style floating tremolo tailpiece; and "taller" tremolo arm with arm-sleeve nylon insert to prevent arm swing.
Johnny Marr on his Signature Fender Jaguar...
"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."
"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!"
"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 ofkeeping 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."
Learn more about the Johnny Marr Signature Jaguar...
Each guitar comes with an exclusive booklet featuring an in-depth interview with Marr himself in which he reveals why the Jaguar is so special to him-and what makes his signature Jaguar such a thoroughly distinctive instrument.
Accessories include a custom case with blue crushed velvet interior, strap, cable and flatwound strings. Available in Olympic White and Metallic KO (a distinctive orange tint derived from the heavily faded Candy Apple Red finish of one of Marr's favorite '60s-era Fender models).
- Model Name: Johnny Marr Jaguar
- Series: Artist
- Olympic White 011-6400-705
- Metallic KO 011-6400-750
- Body Material: Alder
- Body Shape: Jaguar
- Body Finish: Lacquer
- Neck Shape: Custom Neck Shape based on Johnny's '65 Jaguar
- Number of Frets: 22
- Fret Size: Vintage Style Frets
- Fingerboard Radius: 7.25" (18.41 cm)
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Neck Material: Maple
- Neck Finish: Lacquer
- Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
- Scale Length: 24" (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
- Strings: Fender USA Super 250R, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
- Unique Features: Custom Wound Pickups, Artist Signature on front of headstock, Nylon Bridge Post Inserts for improved stability; Nylon Insert in Trem Arm Sleeve to prevent arm swing, "Taller" Trem Arm
- Case Gig Bags: Custom G&G with Blue Crushed Velvet Interior
- Pickguard: 3-Ply White/Black/White
- Included Accessories: Strap, cable, set of flatwound strings