Love them or hate them, we've all heard of the Smiths and can recognise that unmistakable sweet, jangly sound of the guitar. That's thanks to Johnny Marr, the "master of melody". Johnny Marr has always produced his very own extraordinary guitar tone, and has been seen playing in various other bands from The Cribs to Modest Mouse, as well as having his own solo career. This is an incredible Limited Edition Fender Jaguar that has been expertly crafted alongside Johnny Marr, using his modified 1965 Jaguar as the core influence.
Johnny Marr loves everything about the Fender Jaguar, its body shape and chrome hardware all contribute to its classic Fender look as well as giving it that beautiful space-age appearance. The Limited Edition Jaguar has a solid alder body in black which is given a neat nitrocellulose lacquer finish. This means the guitar will wear over time as anticipated to reflect your personal playing style. The body is also designed to feel completely comfortable as you play.
A 24 inch maple neck is firmly joined to the Jaguar body, however it has a custom shape which is somewhat bulkier than an original Jaguar so as to match his original yet unusual '65 model. The shape of the neck should feel comfortable for any guitarist, even those with smaller hands, and it certainly enhances the overall sound of the instrument. The neck also has a vintage-style truss rod adjustment at the heel.
Topping the neck is a 7.25 inch radius fingerboard with 22 vintage-style frets with white pearloid dot inlays guiding you along.
Johnny Marr has selected two single-coil, custom-wound Bare Knuckle pickups to administer the sound he had in his head when it came to designing this guitar. These were built using the footprint of the vintage-style '62 pickups as directed by Marr himself, and they are fitted in the neck and bridge positions. A custom feature of the pickups is that they are wound with both polarities facing in the same direction which consequently improves the overall sound quality and clarity.
The Limited Edition Jaguar has a Master Volume and a Master Tone control, accompanied by a 4-position pickup blade switch. There are also two smaller switches at the top of the body which replace the old tone circuit. One is a High Pass Filter switch, the other is a second filter which works when you elect position 4 on the pickup switch blade to activate the "In Series" mode. The use of these two clever switches allow you to really attenuate your tone.
Unlike the original Jaguar, this Limited Edition has a Jaguar Bridge with Mustang Saddles to improve the overall reliability and playability. This is joined by a vintage-style floating tremolo tailpiece, which Marr developed in conjunction with Fender. In the bridge post and tremolo arm sleeve Fender have inserted nylon bushings to add stability to these features. Plus, wherever you decide to set the tremolo arm, these nylon inserts help to keep it in place.
The body is complemented by chrome hardware and plates. At the other end, the headstock is signed off with Johnny Marr's signature to give it that Limited Edition finish. Fender include a strap, cable and a set of flatwound strings with this beautiful guitar.
Manufacturer Fender Model Johnny Marr Jaguar Limited Edition Body Material Alder Neck Material Maple Fingerboard Material Rosewood Fingerboard Radius 7.25 inches Neck Plate 4-Bolt Vintage Style Pickup Configuration SS Neck Profile Custom Shape based on Johnny's '65 Jaguar No. of Frets 22 Position Inlays Pearloid Dot Pickguard White Tuners 6-in-Line American Vintage Bridge/Tailpiece Jaguar Bridge with Mustang Saddles and Vintage-Style Floating Tremolo Active/Passive Passive Pickups Neck: Custom-Wound Bare Knuckle Johnny Marr Bridge: Custom-Wound Bare Knuckle Johnny Marr 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) Pickguard 3-Ply Black Control Knobs Black Plastic Other Features 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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