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The Fender Johnny Marr Signature Jaguar Electric Guitar. New for 2012.

Published: Tue January 03, 2012  News Feed

The first big release of 2012 is here, and it's from the maker of the world's finest collection of signature guitars. Dolphin Music are delighted to introduce the Fender Signature Johnny Marr Jaguar electric guitar, putting the sounds of one of the UK's greatest modern-era guitarists in your hands.

Johnny Marr: A strikingly dynamic and influential anti-hero guitarist-arranger-all-round-musical-wunderkind

Johnny Marr is known for his brilliant guitar work in The Smiths, which  not only redefined and ruled UK pop throughout their reign in the 1980's but is still prevalent in influencing today's musician and music lovers. After his highly distinctive and influential period with The Smiths, Marr became known as a master of melody, layering and texture, and has done the same with his post-Smiths projects with the likes of The Pretenders, Modest Mouse, the Cribs and innumerable guest appearances.


The Fender Johnny Marr Signature Guitar and it's main features

Taken from the Fender.com website, here's what Marr himself has to say on the making of his 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!”


Marr comments on how he chose the final decisions of the switching and pickups of his Signature Jaguar. His decision for the chrome panels and pickups were taken from the original models he played on during his time with the Smiths, but decided to change the guitar's remove its 'over-complicated switching system' 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 to give a darker, thicker sound that's not usually heard on a Jaguar. You can see the full video interview with Johnny Marr below...


You can pre-order the Johnny Marr Jaguar here at Dolphin Music or simply view more info...

This the first of many new releases that will make history within musicians all over the world this month.
Dolphin Music will be keeping you up to date with the latest product releases, artist info and music technology updates from the NAMM show throughout January 2012.
For more information about NAMM 2012 see here!
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