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Fender just announced some additions to the Pawn Shop series we may all be interested in. Love to hear your comments on the new guitar. [forum thread]

This post will cover – the Jaguarillo. A Jaguar with a HSS configuration and Adjusto-Matic Bridge. Available in 3 color sunburst, candy apple red, and faded sonic blue.

Fender Jaguarillo

Faded Sonic Blue Fender Jaguarillo

Fender Jaguarillo Page [link]

Fender Pawn Shop Series Page [link]

Fender just announced some additions to the Pawn Shop series we may all be interested in. Lets hear your comments on the new guitar. [forum thread]

This post will cover – new 3-color Sunburst for the Pawn Shop Mustang. It’s the same Pawn Shop Mustang that was released last year – now available in 3-color sunburst.

Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special

Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Special

Fender Mustang Special Page [link]

Fender Pawn Shop Series Page [link]

Fender just announced some additions to the Pawn Shop series we may all be interested in. Lets hear your comments on the new guitar. [forum thread]

This post will cover – the Offset Special. A semi-hollow double-cutaway body with an f hole and offset waist. Complimented with Adjusto-Matic Bridge and JZHB Humbuckers.

Fender Pawn Shop Offset Special

Fender Pawn Shop Offset Special

Fender Offset Special Page [link]

Fender Pawn Shop Series Page [link]

When great innovators pass it’s a good time to reflect upon their impacts on both the music we love and the music we love to make.

RIP Jim Marshall OBE 1923 – 2012

You can see the full writeup and leave comments at the following site:
http://www.jimmarshall.co.uk/

Jim Marshall OBE 1923-2012

Jim Marshall OBE 1923-2012

Cobain Mustang in Fender Booth

Cobain Mustang in Fender Booth

So you’ve been asking for it for years and years and Fender has finally made it available.  The latest NAMM press release has recently come out introducing the Kurt Cobain Mustang. (Also reported in the jag-stang.com forum and by many sites inc musicradar and premierguitar)

With the Kurt Cobain Jaguar released last year and now the Kurt Cobain Mustang Fender has made available both the guitars jag-stang.com visitors have been asking for for many years. While the Jaguar retails for $1299.99 US it is expected the Mustang will retail around $999.

Press release and guitar images copied below.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Jan. 16, 2012) — When Kurt Cobain hit the stage, it was very often with a Mustang® guitar—an enigmatic anti-hero figure with an esoteric anti-hero instrument. It’s with great pride then that Fender introduces the Kurt Cobain Mustang, which evokes the man, the band, the sound and the times, and gives an authentically crafted nod to one of the most unlikely guitars to ever find itself at the center of a musical maelstrom.

Cobain liked Mustangs a lot. For one, he preferred offbeat guitars that didn’t cost zillions of dollars, and the Mustang certainly fit those two criteria. Also, being somewhat physically diminutive himself, he liked to perform live with slightly more diminutive guitars, like Fender Mustang and Jaguar® guitars, which better fit his hands and his reach.

See for yourself—go back and watch the famous 1991 video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and there heis and there it is slung over his shoulder. Or think back to when you saw them on the ’93-’94 In Utero tour, when he seldom went onstage with anything but a Mustang. Quite often and especially later on, Mustang guitars were a big part of what Kurt Cobain was all about, musically.

Inspired by his arsenal of modded guitars, the new Fender Kurt Cobain Mustang takes you back there, with highly distinctive features including an angled single-coil Mustang neck pickup and ferocious Seymour Duncan® JB humbucking bridge pickup mounted directly to the body, dual on-off/phase in-out switches for each pickup, a polyester-finished alder body and an Adjusto-Matic™ bridge with dynamic vibrato tailpiece.

Other features include the classic 24” Mustang scale length, C-shaped maple neck with urethane finish, 7.25”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 vintage-style frets and vintage-style ivory dot inlays, four-ply pickguard (Aged White Pearl on Fiesta Red and Dark Lake Placid Blue with stripe models; Tortoiseshell on Sonic Blue model), master volume and tone controls, vintage-style tuners, and chrome hardware. Finish options include Fiesta red, Sonic Blue and Dark Lake Placid Blue with stripe. Available in right and left-handed models. For more information, go to www.fender.com.


Cobain Mustang in Fender Booth

Cobain Mustang in Fender Booth

Above from Fender Japan blog: http://fenderjapan.co.jp/blog/?p=770

Kurt Cobain Fender Mustang

Kurt Cobain Fender Mustang

Kurt Cobain Fender Mustang

Kurt Cobain Fender Mustang

Kurt Cobain Fender Mustang

Kurt Cobain Fender Mustang

[Fender Press Release - (url)]

50th Anniversary Fender Jaguar

50th Anniversary Fender Jaguar

Fender is proud to celebrate five colorful decades of the Jaguar guitar by introducing the 50th Anniversary Jaguar model. The instrument takes players back to 1962, when Fender introduced an unusual new guitar that paired a sleekly modified Jazzmaster® body style and elaborate control layout with a shorter scale and smaller, brighter pickups with more output. The resulting Jaguar was the fourth and last of Fender’s original lineup of standard electric guitars.

Perfectly matched to the early-’60s renaissance in design modernism (as exemplified by everything of the era from autos to aircraft to sunglasses to furniture), the Jaguar gradually acquired a fascinating pedigree quite unlike that of any other Fender guitar. A chromed-out, surf-rock staple of the 1960s, it found new life from the mid-1970s-on as a subversively offbeat alternative axe wielded by punk, post-punk, grunge and alt-indie guitar heroes and anti-heroes alike. The same guitar that originally crested waves of reverb-drenched singles by groups such as the Chantays and the Surfaris later fueled, for example, the dynamic grunge maelstrom of Nirvana, the translucent shoe-gazing dream pop of My Bloody Valentine and the literately artful alt-rock of the Pixies, the Flaming Lips and many others.

The U.S.-built 50th Anniversary Jaguar celebrates that vivid history and combines old and new into the finest of all Jaguar guitars. Highly distinctive features include the classic 24” scale length, a new one-degree neck-angle-pocket cut that improves pitch, a re-positioned tremolo plate that increases bridge break angle and sustain, and specially designed hot Jaguar single-coil neck and bridge pickups that deliver fatter tone and more output (once again framed by the model’s classic notched metal “claws”; a hum-reducing innovation only found on the Jaguar).

Other premium features include a sleekly offset alder body with lacquer finish, C-shaped maple neck with lacquer finish and vintage-style truss rod, 9.5”-radius bound rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and pearloid block inlays, separate “lead” and rhythm tone circuits with their own dedicated volume and tone controls, two-position tone switch and on/off slide switch for each pickup, three-ply pickguard (Mint Green-Black-Mint Green), and vintage-style floating tremolo bridge with lock button and chrome cover. Accessories include a deluxe brown case, strap, cable and a set of flatwound strings. Available in classic vintage Fender finishes Lake Placid Blue, Candy Apple Red and striking Burgundy Mist Metallic, which authentically evokes the original Jaguar’s Burgundy Mist finish option.

(MSRP: $ 2,419.99)

Product Page: @Fender.com

50th Anniversary Fender Jaguar

50th Anniversary Fender Jaguar

50th Anniversary Fender Jaguar

50th Anniversary Fender Jaguar

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPoUB9qBdg4

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).

Johnny Marr Fender Jaguar

Johnny Marr Fender Jaguar

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]

Musicians Friend is listing the guitar in right handed and left handed models available 10/10/2011 at a price of $1299.99. [ Right Handed / Left Handed ]

Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar

Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar

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