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Specialized features of the Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar Electric Guitar include custom-wound, Bare Knuckle Johnny Marr single-coil neck and bridge pickups; custom-shaped maple neck with rosewood fingerb... Click To Read More About This Product

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Specialized features of the Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar Electric Guitar include custom-wound, Bare Knuckle Johnny Marr single-coil neck and bridge pickups; custom-shaped maple neck with rosewood fingerboard based on Marr's 1965 Jaguar; vintage-style truss rod; lacquer finish; and Marr's signature on the front of the headstock.

The 4-position blade-style pickup switch is mounted to the lower-horn chrome plate (bridge; bridge and neck in parallel; neck, bridge, and neck in series) while 2 upper-horn slide switches control pickup brightness. Other distinctive features include a Jaguar bridge with Mustang saddles and nylon bridge post inserts for improved stability; vintage-style, floating tremolo tailpiece with chrome cover; and "taller" tremolo arm with arm-sleeve nylon insert to prevent arm swing.

Marr is best known, of course, as the strikingly dynamic and influential anti-hero guitarist-arranger-allaround-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. Includes case.

Features Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Alder
  • Body finish: Gloss Lacquer
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: Custom signature
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 24"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss Lacquer
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 7.25"
  • Fret size: Vintage-style
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.653" (42mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: Custom wound single-coil
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Custom wound single-coil
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Not applicable
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: Yes
  • Special electronics: Dual upper-horn slide switches
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 4-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: Jaguar bridge with Mustang saddles
  • Tailpiece: Vintage Style Floating Tremolo
  • Tuning machines: American vintage
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Signature model
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States
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FenderJohnny Marr Jaguar Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Last Night I Dreamt, That Johnny Marr Loved Me...

Love it. Love it. Love it. I was never a fan of the Jaguars. Too many switches and too many noises. I'm a minimalist. A great guitar should do 2 or 3...Read complete review

Love it. Love it. Love it. I was never a fan of the Jaguars. Too many switches and too many noises. I'm a minimalist. A great guitar should do 2 or 3 things, and do them very well. The Jaguar has always been, to me, a jack of all trades and a master of none. However, now, Fender got it right with this Johnny Marr Jag. The trimmed the fat, and now it sings.
What it does well: Tone baby...forever. Twang monster to a nice bite. Neck and action are amazing. Short scale is perfect. Pickups are second to none, with a sweet, distinct, cool sound. Further, if you're a Johnny Marr fan, you own his guitar, and since 2012, when this model came out, it's all that Johnny plays. I've not played or owned a smoother guitar. It's like butter.
What it does not do: It isn't buzzless. There's a little hum that's more evident on my 68 Twin Reverb than my other amps. Not at all an issue for me, but there can be a little noise, similar to a Strat, so be ready for that. The pickups are not hot, they are cool. Keep this in mind. Out of the gate, it's tamer than my Tele with hot Seymour Duncans and my Gibson LP Studio with humbuckers. That said, it doesn't take much to make it growl with minor EQ adjustments. Just realize if you switch from playing a hot Tele/Strat or LP to this Jag from the same amp, your going to need to increase the volume a bit to get the Jag to play at the same level. That's not a bad thing. It's just different, in a very beautiful way. Also, on the first set up, to really get the most out of it, switch the strings from 9s to 11s.
Summary: It's a keeper and an heirloom. It has a fantastic sound that will cut through anything else in a very cool and distinctive way. It's very smooth, and extremely playable. If you want an alternative to a hot, crunchy, over-biting Gibson or Tele/Strat, then this is it. Tone-wise, it stands alone without comparison. Be a charming man; take a bow; you'll not be miserable now; your jokes will be funny again; get out of your coma.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Didn't quite like this one

First of all, this guitar doesn't sound or feel like a Fender Jaguar at all, in my opinion. Pickups are flatter and lower in output (maybe because they're way too underwound?),...Read complete review

First of all, this guitar doesn't sound or feel like a Fender Jaguar at all, in my opinion. Pickups are flatter and lower in output (maybe because they're way too underwound?), the neck and frets are too small, and the bridge sports an odd string spacing. Add all these characteristics to the typical bridge/tailpiece problems in a Jaguar, and you're left with a problematic guitar that doesn't even have the sound of a Jaguar.
Yes, the finish feels nice (even though it is VERY fragile) and you may get a few different tones out of it depending on which amp you use. But personally, I was expecting a rather improved Jaguar and I found a completely different beast. The American Vintage 65 fits my needs way better.

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2.0

Didn't quite like this one

By Gas

from Minneapolis, MN

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar Electric Guitar:

      First of all, this guitar doesn't sound or feel like a Fender Jaguar at all, in my opinion. Pickups are flatter and lower in output (maybe because they're way too underwound?), the neck and frets are too small, and the bridge sports an odd string spacing. Add all these characteristics to the typical bridge/tailpiece problems in a Jaguar, and you're left with a problematic guitar that doesn't even have the sound of a Jaguar.
      Yes, the finish feels nice (even though it is VERY fragile) and you may get a few different tones out of it depending on which amp you use. But personally, I was expecting a rather improved Jaguar and I found a completely different beast. The American Vintage 65 fits my needs way better.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Last Night I Dreamt, That Johnny Marr Loved Me...

      By ABD26

      from Phoenix, Arizona

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar Electric Guitar:

      Love it. Love it. Love it. I was never a fan of the Jaguars. Too many switches and too many noises. I'm a minimalist. A great guitar should do 2 or 3 things, and do them very well. The Jaguar has always been, to me, a jack of all trades and a master of none. However, now, Fender got it right with this Johnny Marr Jag. The trimmed the fat, and now it sings.
      What it does well: Tone baby...forever. Twang monster to a nice bite. Neck and action are amazing. Short scale is perfect. Pickups are second to none, with a sweet, distinct, cool sound. Further, if you're a Johnny Marr fan, you own his guitar, and since 2012, when this model came out, it's all that Johnny plays. I've not played or owned a smoother guitar. It's like butter.
      What it does not do: It isn't buzzless. There's a little hum that's more evident on my 68 Twin Reverb than my other amps. Not at all an issue for me, but there can be a little noise, similar to a Strat, so be ready for that. The pickups are not hot, they are cool. Keep this in mind. Out of the gate, it's tamer than my Tele with hot Seymour Duncans and my Gibson LP Studio with humbuckers. That said, it doesn't take much to make it growl with minor EQ adjustments. Just realize if you switch from playing a hot Tele/Strat or LP to this Jag from the same amp, your going to need to increase the volume a bit to get the Jag to play at the same level. That's not a bad thing. It's just different, in a very beautiful way. Also, on the first set up, to really get the most out of it, switch the strings from 9s to 11s.
      Summary: It's a keeper and an heirloom. It has a fantastic sound that will cut through anything else in a very cool and distinctive way. It's very smooth, and extremely playable. If you want an alternative to a hot, crunchy, over-biting Gibson or Tele/Strat, then this is it. Tone-wise, it stands alone without comparison. Be a charming man; take a bow; you'll not be miserable now; your jokes will be funny again; get out of your coma.

      (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Major Disappointment

      By VARacing123

      from No VA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Cool look

      Cons

      • Cheap Case
      • Expenseive
      • Flat Sound

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar Electric Guitar:

        Being a huge Johnny Marr/Smiths fan, I was eager to try this guitar. Perhaps that made the reality an even greater disappointment.

        Compared to my MIM Baja Telecaster, the sound of the Marr Jag was flat. The Marr Jaguar didn't have nearly the same shimmer or chime as the Telecaster. The Baja Tele also has the four-way switching, and the sounds are much more flexible on the Tele compared to the Marr Jag. To be fair, the Marr Jag sounds nearly as good as the Tele, but when I can get an even richer shimmer and growl from a Tele for 1/3 the price, the Marr Jag seems like a raw deal.

        For me, the neck was a pain. The fretboard radius didn't agree with my playing at all.

        The case looks supremely cool, but it's cheap.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beautiful tones, but some minor flaws

        By Eli

        from Montclair, NJ

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Light
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar Electric Guitar:

        This guitar fixes everything that previously stopped me from purchasing a Jaguar. The complicated switching system is replaced with a 4 way selector, and the rhythm circuit is replaced with 2 high pass filters. This guitar really shines when it comes to clean tones. The pickups are bright and jangly. There are however a few issues. The low E string is far too close to the edge of the neck. There are times when the string actually slides of the side of the fretboard when too much pressure is applied, so that's something to keep in mind. Another issue is that the tremolo arm sometimes doesn't stay in place. This is only a minor issue and can be fixed by tightening the socket where the arm inserts. These are minor issues that don't really majorly detract from the guitar, and can easily be worked around. When the guitar arrived the case was damaged, but Musician's Friend promptly sent a replacement case at no extra charge. In summary I'd say that this is an excellent guitar for people who love the bright percussive sound of a Jaguar, but were always wary of the convoluted switching system of a traditional Jaguar.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sweet guitar!

        By Pete

        from Maryland, USA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar Electric Guitar:

            I had the pleasure of playing a Johnny Marr jaguar for a few weeks and it's a solid, nicely made instrument. I loved the feel of the neck personally, which is a vintage smaller radius 7.25" and may take some getting used to if you're accustomed to a flatter fretboard. The bare knuckle pick ups are extremely punchy and IMO almost to a fault -- a bit too modern and bass heavy sounding for my tastes. They don't really do that thinner single coil 60's Fender sound at all. But they do ROCK, no doubt about that. I'd say though if you want a vintage sounding Jag, look elsewhere -- but try a 7.25" neck. You might find it to be the most comfortable neck you've played!

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Most fun I've ever played

            By Steve Cartwright

            from San Jose, CA

            Comments about Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar Electric Guitar:

            I just joined surf rock band and at least wanted to look the part! The Classic Players Jaguars are nice.. but this thing is great! The fit & finish of the neck is incredible (thicker than most Jags) The short scale, vintage frets, and 7.25" fingerboard make it incredibly easy to play. And photos don't do justice to the KO color.. the metallic orange with a hint of copper is gorgeous. But what really makes this Jag stand out is the sound. The specially would pickups eliminate the thin sound often associated with a Jaguar- and the 4th position on the pickup selector switch puts the 2 pickups in series for a deep humbucker sound. (if you find the sound too deep, the high-pass filter switches take out some of the low end without leaving the sound thin) Oh, and the tremolo really is Fender's smoothest. I have more expensive guitars - but none as nice or as fun to play as this one!

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Bells and Whistles

            By GCW

            from BRCC

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar Electric Guitar:

              It has what I need and I enjoy it very much. I played other Jags and being a novice had difficulty understanding the switches.
              I love the body and the color of this and the fact Johnny Marr is one of my all time favorite players made it an easy decision.

              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic Instrument

              By Joe Siino

              from Reno, NV

              Comments about Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar Electric Guitar:

              This is the perfect guitar for the style that I play. You can achieve a wide variety of tones from Retro-60's to modern rock. As far as playability this guitar is the smoothest I've played. It's beautiful and all of the modifications are practical and make sense. I tried out multiple American Deluxe and Standard Stratocasters and didn't like any as much as this one. Solid guitar, very happy with the purchase.

              (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              OMG the tone!!!

              By lonestarstrat

              from Central Texas

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Smokin Hot Looks
              • Smooth As Butter
              • Solid Electronics
              • Tone Cuts Through The Mix

              Cons

              • Laquer Easily Scuffed

              Best Uses

              • All Around Player

              Comments about Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar Electric Guitar:

              From the moment I strapped this baby on and strummed a chord I was transformed as a musician. Like Johnny Marr says, this jag encourages you to stretch yourself beyond simply playing blues or pentatonic styles (although it handles these just fine).

              The character of the guitar has brought out a creativity in me that I have very much enjoyed.

              Everything about this guitar feels precise and solid, very different from the traditional jags. Johnny Marr put so much time and design into this and it shows. The bare knuckle pickups are amazing, and the improved switching is easy and useful. THE TONE IS OUT OF THIS WORLD, both clean and overdriven.

              The thin laquer finish is easily scratched, but hey, so are all my US made Teles and Strats with the same finish. Plus over time I can naturally create my own "road worn" or "relic" look with daily use.

              The trem is the smoothest of any Fender guitar I've played.

              This guitar is made in the US and may be one of the finest instruments I've played in the last 30 years.

              (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Fender Jaguar

              By Douglas Turner

              from New Orleans, la.

              Comments about Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar Electric Guitar:

              I purchased the Johnny Marr Jaguar a few days ago and I am very pleased with the quality and sound/tone of this newest offering from Fender. I already owned a Strat and a Tele and have mostly used the Tele on gigs. However I always liked the looks of the Jaguar and after learning of the approach Johnny took in building this model I decided it just might be made for me, well it is. I play mostly rhythm with some lead in my band and I love the tone I am able to achieve with the 4 way switch and the filtering switches, as well as the tremolo bar. I play the Jaguar through my Fender Hot Rod and after playing guitar for over 45 I have finally found the "ultimate rig" for me. I am very pleased with this purchase, only negative so far is the knob on the 4 way switch fell off the first time I played the guitar, so a little spot of glue took care of that, also I adjusted the action to suit me.

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