Fender introduces a new Jaguar with modifications by The Smiths guitarist 05-Jan-12
Fender has introduced the Johnny Marr signature Jaguar guitar, which they say puts the inventive ringing sounds and highly distinctive design mods of one of the U.K.'s greatest modern-era guitarists into a truly unique variation on a classic Fender guitar model.
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.
Fender tells us that 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.
"Taller" tremolo arm with arm-sleeve nylon insert to prevent arm swing.
The guitar comes in Olympic White and new 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).
Other premium features include the classic Jaguar 24" scale length, lacquer-finished alder body, 7.25"-radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 vintage-style frets, master volume and tone controls, three-ply pickguard (white-black-white) and chrome hardware. Accessories include a custom case with blue crushed velvet interior, strap, cable, flatwound strings and booklet featuring commentary on the guitar by Marr himself.
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