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.
The Johnny Marr signature Jaguar is a fantastically non-standard version of the model that is as distinctive as the sounds Marr wrings from it, with a wealth of highly specialized features including 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.
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Johnny Marr is one of my biggest influences and I was really excited to find out he had a signature Jag. None of the shops in my city carried this model and I was very hesitant to order it without trying it first, but I read reviews and watched a lot of demos online. After seeing all the positive reviews and watching the video where he talked about the mods he made, I decided to order it.
Out of the box, I felt that it was in bad need of a set up. I also found that this guitar could not handle high gain as well as my American Deluxe Strat, so I really had to work on dialing in my gear so that I wouldn't have feedback issues. Also, I do feel that the E strings are too close to the edge of the fretboard, but I suppose that forces you to be a more accurate player. This guitar is much more sensitive to the way you play which is great for expression but it definitely does not hide your mistakes as well as my Strat does!
As for the tone, I love the clean tones out of the neck position. The in series position sounds a little harsh when playing alone to me, but I think it sounds great in a band mix. I find the bridge position almost unusable. I just haven't been able to tweak my amp setting to make the bridge sound good. I'm having a little bit of trouble getting an overdriven tone out of this guitar that sounds as 'tight' as my Strat. The vibrato system is the best I've ever played and Johnny's mods to the tone circuit, the bridge and pick up selectors are great. Those are the things that scared me away from ever playing a Jag.
I've owned this guitar for about 1 year now. It's strengths are in clean tone playing, through my Twin Reverb or Deluxe Reverb, the clean tone is beautiful. I really want to love this guitar, but I always seem to be drawn back to my Strat because of the playability and I feel it is more versatile for high gain playing.
Overall, this Jaguar is still a great guitar.
genelachica owns this item
This is a good guitar and sounds great and plays well. I also have a strat and a telecaster and i am not ever parting with those guitars. You just can not go out and get them anytime you want, if you know what i mean. If you want the top of the line in fender products, you better keep what you have and hold on to them cause they will be worth something. I like all fender products and they have a sound all of their own including their amps, also.
As a fan of The Smiths, I was delighted to hear Johnny was going to be recognized with his own signature guitar. Apparently, Johnny has had this guitar in the works for awhile now, something carefully thought out rather than an afterthought of just slapping a name endorsement which so many other products seem to do these days.
Johnny's Jag ticked a lot of the boxes of what I was looking for. I only have one complaint - it's weighty. A smaller displeasure is how the Fender and Johnny's signature are stickers. For something this well constructed perhaps a laser etch into the head stock would have suited better. Nitrocellulose paint job is stunning but it chips and wears easily.
The neck profile is wide but not so much that it makes it unplayable for small hands. It does allow you do all those nice jangly accents Johnny is known for. The body is contoured from a Strat so has a much nicer thin chamber on the bass side. Johnny himself describes this as the best tremelo arm system on a Fender and he's right. It's exceptional and keeps its position where you leave it, and more importantly keeps the guitar in tune remarkably well. The highlight of this guitar though has to be the BareKnuckle pickups. Coupled with a universal bright switch plus an additional filter switch and a 4 position toggle for the pickup configuration, allows for a myriad of tonal possibilities.
The provided case is ordinary and the strap or additional set of strings is more out of necessity rather than usability.
ofey owns this item
I waited along time for the Marr release and read so many articles about the process behind the guitar. Bottom line it was worth the wait - and its a stunning guitar with some serious tone. The only change I make on my jags and jazzys is the Mastery bridge which seems to tame the beast and keeps strings where they should be - and adds a little string definition. With that one change - there's nothing to dislike about the guitar. Nice action, wonderful pickups and for me the neck feel is supberb. Some jags and jazzys can get too thin a profile for my taste and the Marr has just enough wood.
dblaine owns this item
I love Jaguars and Jazzmasters - after a childhood of Strat love, I got my first Jaguar and was hooked. I normally buy cheaper models but I saw the Johnny Marr Jag in the faded red/orange metallic in a store and had that moment where you just gaze at a guitar for hours in awe. I didn't even play it at the time but found I was desperate to own one - yeah shallow aesthetic desire, but I don't care - as it turns out, it's a beautiful sounding/playing instrument as well.
This is a Jaguar for people who want to love the Jaguar but find it irritating/too complex/too awkward. Now personally I love the dual circuit set up in standard Jaguars but the Johnny Marr upgrades are sensible and useful. To start the pickups are AWESOME and the humbucking option is just right for some sounds and makes this a super flexible instrument. The upgraded bridge and trem arm are sublime - the arm moves where you want and stays there and allows the lightest flutter or heaviest dive bomb and feels EXPENSIVE and never goes out of tune. The colour is beautiful and everyone asks me about it. The neck is just easy to play for chords, though I'm not used to the vintage style yet, it is very different, but very playable. The Low E is very close to the edge and can slip off if you are playing very heavy bends or downtuned - but that's not the forte of this guitar any way.
I really like how Johnny changed the dual circuit system but kept the chrome panels and put different strangle/treble switches on for the guitar and humbucker option - although very different to the regular Jag it does give a whole new range of sounds.
The case is great like most signature Fenders, the case candy is great, though I'd never use the strap or cable, it's nice to get them included. I did put on the free bridge cover as it's bling greatness.
The only changes I've made is to add straplocks, buy a great big Levy leather strap and replace the pickup selector knob with a staytrem chrome one.
auraboy owns this item
Owned this Jag for a few months now and find it hard to put down...both in words and onto its stand, the guitar is awesome. Building muscles though as this is quite a heavy guitar compared to the Strat.
The tones are excellent, so much so that I've not touched my strat since buying this and I've shelved my plans for a Shiflett Tele and a Gretsch semi that I was hankering after.
The bridge and saddles are great, the trem is great, the neck is great, the switch is great, the pups are great etc, etc, etc. It looks cooler than an original Jag and all the parts feel very high end. Don't particularly like the fender decal or marr sig, as it's a sticker over the nitro, shame they can't get a genuine signature on each one but I guess these musicians are busy boys. It just looks a bit of a cheap sticker, as does the skinny leather vintage strap that comes with it. I bought a fender vintage tweed which looks miles better. Johnny told me on twitter that he uses Souldier straps so might get one as it looks wicked in the brochure pics with the Olympic.
The action is quite high, I might lower it but I have gotten used to it and I don't think it's too bad a thing really, makes you more deliberate on fretting the notes and I feel my playing has therefore improved quite a bit.
The case is superb, cool blue plush velvet inside, salt and pepper Fender silver grey on outside.
Can't find a fault with this Jag, never giving this one up, it's a keeper, even just for its looks.
Ttshinykit owns this item
I was slightly apprehensive about buying this but boy, I'm so glad I did. This is hands down the best guitar I have ever owned. It has everything: superb playability, great tones, super cool looks and of course, Johnny Marr's signature on it.
Some of the sounds you can get out of this thing are amazing and it's not just the kind of tones you'd associate with a Jag. For instance, I was playing around with a small tube amp and a Boss Fender Bassman pedal and with both pickups on in series - Voodoo Child sound right there! I'd love to plug this thing into a real Bassman. You can also get Chic style funky Strat sounds, twangy Tele sounds, jangly Rickenbacker sounds and a fat humbucker type tone. Practically, all bases covered.
Tuning is very stable even with heavy tremolo use and all the hardware is excellent. As others have stated the case is fantastic. I can vouch for the finish being thin and slightly flaky but it's irrelevant to me.
A truly great guitar.
MCO7182 owns this item
I have been using the Jagumarr exclusively for 6 months now. It is absolutely the best guitar I have played. I easily second the opinions in the other reviews. My only qualm is the finish, specifically the Oly white. The first one Fender sent me had a couple chips already down to the wood , it also wasn't wired up and produced no sound, so it was sent back immediately in hopes for one in better condition. The second one Fender sent was in much better condition (albeit a different case interior and lower serial number!) but the guitar played phenomenally well so it was an easy decision to keep it. Now back to the finish. After about 2 months of play, the reverse side started getting long black marks down the finish simply from being in the case. The black would come off with cleaning, but there was still evident damage to the finish, the undersides, specifically "pressure points" where it may rest against your body or leg eventually started bubbling, causing very small, yet rough bumps in small areas. I had been told the finish was questionable when researching whether or not to buy it, so I knew what to expect. However EVERYONE I have talked to about this guitar has had problems with the finish. some people have experienced paint falling off in flake like patterns from use with rubber and foam padded stands. This seems to be much more of an issue with the Olympic white than it is with the Metallic KO. Luckily I have managed to avoid full paint chips like I have seen with other's as well as the first guitar sent to me (straight from Fender) however I bought the guitar to be a player, much more than a collectable, So I am sure in 10 years or so I will just refinish it in Shell Pink. Overall the guitar easily gets 5's due to Johnny Marr's design and the work he put into it.
Psyre owns this item
I bought my Johnny Marr Jag 5 days ago. I decided on this model after quite a lot of research and trying it out a couple of months before I was able to buy it. I love it! I have played many Jaguars over the years, owned a '64 for a while, and in my opinion, this model is hands down the best I've played. The build quality is every bit as good as my two custom shop Strats. The Metallic KO finish is impeccable. The first thing I did when I got home with it was slap on a set of 11's which really brought it to life. The amount of useful tones available is outstanding. The improvements to the bridge and vibrato make it very responsive and the tuning stability is as good as it gets. I'm playing it through my '65 Vibrolux Reverb and it sounds great in every style I throw at it. I never thought I would ever buy a "signature" model guitar, but every tweak Mr. Marr made to the design made it better. You owe it to yourself to try one out regardless of what style(s) of music you play.
rsilletto owns this item
I already had a Jaguar when I bought this one, but Johnny Marr really nailed it with his improvements to the classic Jaguar setup. The pickups are nice, the improved tremolo system works wonders and the 4-way switch is brilliant and looks cool to boot. This is my new main axe.
breun owns this item
Took receipt of this guitar in white last week, as a long standing Gibson player was blown away by the setup and finish of the guitar. Case is quality and the whole package feels like care has gone into it.
The guitar is very playable straight out the box, good finish and when plugged in sings. A wide variety of tones are available with the interesting but well thoughtout pickup selection. Certainly not just for those looking for the treble side of guitar playing.
EDDBUD owns this item
This is a monster of a guitar. There has been a lot of tweaking and development to make this a Jaguar which gives the best of the features without the annoyances. The short scale neck is probably the only thing that would put some people off - if you're use to a full size neck it feels a little small initially, but if you play this guitar as much as it deserves, you soon get use to size. The Bare Knuckle pick-ups and series switches give a lot of versatility in tonal sound - from the twangy surf sounds for which this guitar is famous to a kick-ass humbucker sound for a bit more punch.
It feels like a special guitar, it plays like special guitar, and it looks beautiful - the future as seen from the 60s. If they played guitars in Kubrick's 2001, they'd play these.
stumckeown1 owns this item
|Model Name:||Johnny Marr Jaguar®, Rosewood Fingerboard, Olympic White|
|Neck Shape:||Custom Shape Based on Johnny's '65 Jaguar® Guitar|
|Scale Length:||24" (610 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||Radio de 7.25" (184 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|Fret Size:||Trastes de estilo vintage|
|String Nut:||Hueso sintético de cejuela|
|Nut Width:||1.650” (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Incrustaciones de posición de punto|
|Truss Rods:||Vintage-Style Heel Adjust|
|Truss Rod Nut:||Vintage-Style Slotted|
|Neck Plate:||Estilo Vintage de 4 tornillos|
|Bridge Pickup:||Custom-Wound Bare Knuckle® Johnny Marr|
|Neck Pickup:||Custom-Wound Bareknuckle® Johnny Marr|
|Controls:||Volumen Master, Tono Master|
|Pickup Switching:||Selector de 4 posiciones: Posición 1. Pastilla de Puente, Posición 2. Pastillas de Puente y Mástil (En Paralelo), Posición 3. Pastilla del mástil, Posición 4. Pastillas de Puente y Mástil (en Series)|
|Bridge:||Jaguar Bridge with Mustang Saddles and Vintage Style "Floating" Tremolo Tailpiece|
|Bridge Cover:||Incluye cubierta de puente cromada|
|Tuning Machines:||Clavijeros estilo Vintage|
|Auxiliary Switching:||2 Slide-Switches: Universal Bright Switch; Bright Switch for Blade Position 4|
|Strings:||Super 250R, NPS, (Calibres.010-.046)|
|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|
|Included Accessories:||Strap, cable, set of flatwound strings|
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