Tone Report Weekly Issue 144 - Page 37

Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar The Jaguar is a funky instrument, and it’s often viewed as a love-it-orhate-it piece of gear. The sound is quite tinny and bright, the switches can be confusing, and it features a short-scale neck, which some players find unfavorable compared to the traditional 25.5-inch Fender scale length. The Johnny Marr version gets rid of some of the annoying aspects and brings the Jaguar into the 21st Century with practical features such as a four-way switch, custom-wound Bare Knuckle pickups, and Mustang bridge saddles. The Marr Jag retains much of the brightness Jaguar fans are familiar with, but offers much more tonal complexity compared to a standard model thanks to the switch. As you would expect, it selects between bridge, middle, and neck positions, but it also features an option for the bridge and neck pickup in series, adding thicker, warmer, humbucker-ish tones, ensuring this Jaguar is not a one trick pony. There’s something special about owning a guitar one of your favorite artists uses on stage, and such is the case with the Johnny Marr Jaguar, as Mr. Marr himself has been using it live and in the studio since its inception. 37