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Fender is introduction a new Jaguar model the Johnny Marr Signature. Below are details from the press release, youtube video and link to official Fender page of the jag.
Fender Link: http://www.fender.com/products/johnnymarrjaguar
Press Release Info below:
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.
- Tremolo arm nylon sleeve 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).
More info on the Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar coming out recently since our original post about the new guitar.
Fender now has an official product page for the guitar. [fender official page]
[via the rollingstone blog]
Fender Japan has been offering a Kurt Cobain replica Fender Jaguar for years. The only way to get that guitar in the states was to have it imported from Japan or to find an dealer that had access to import it themselves. Now it looks like Fender will make it available stateside.
This release is in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Nirvana Nevermind release. The guitar will be priced at $1,849.99.
Another new Mustang variant is now available from Fender! It’s being labeled as the Pawn Shop Mustang Special with the tagline “guitars that never were but should have been.”
Available in Lake Placid Blue and Candy Apple Red the MSRP for these is $999.99 which comes to a list price around $799.99. Some of the features that jump out are the 9.5″ radius neck, hard tail stratocaster bridge and additional pickup switching options.
Here’s the quote from the Fender series site about the guitar.
The Pawn Shop Mustang Special has a modified offset Mustang® body, ’60s “C”-shaped 24” short-scale maple neck, and dual Fender Enforcer™ humbucking pickups with ’70s-style covers and unique switching. Other features include a rosewood fretboard with modern 9.5” radius and medium jumbo frets, pickup toggle switch, three-way coil selector slide switch for each humbucking pickup (enabling 18 different tonal options), mint green pickguard, ’70s-style hard-tail Stratocaster® bridge, vintage-style tuners and strap buttons, and deluxe gig bag.
Links to check out for more info:
Not sure if we had posted the official Fender video on the Blacktop Series months ago so here we go.
Finally we’re in a day and age where us westerners have a decent amount of choice when it comes to picking a Fender Jaguar or Jazzmaster. (10 years ago not so much) So maybe we don’t need more choice here – but Japan is getting more!
Fender Japan seems to now be offering interesting hollow body versions of the Jaguar and Jazzmaster models.
Below are some images from the Fender Japan site and translated link.
Also check out the post over at Stratoblogster.
Fender Japan (translated): LINK
Fender recently put up a really good article on the history of the Fender Mustang. The article is definitely worth a read. [The Fender Mustang Guitar @ Fender.com]
Small excerpt from the article below:
Fender was keenly aware in the mid-1950s that there was much to be gained by offering “student” instruments for retailers who offered in-store music instruction. The thinking went that if beginners with beginner guitars stuck with it, dealers who offered lessons were well placed to launch them to the next level by selling them full-size Fender Telecaster® and Stratocaster® guitars. Hence the arrival in 1956 of Fender’s first two student guitars, the single-pickup Musicmaster® and the two-pickup Duo-Sonic™. Both were short-scale guitars (22.5” compared to 25.5” for the Telecaster and Stratocaster) at the low end of the price list ($119.50 and $149.50 respectively). Fender revamped its student guitar line in 1964 by offering both guitars in both short and medium (24”) scales and by introducing an entirely new guitar that August, the Mustang.