I’m going to start off by saying that this post has nothing to do with pedals, but when I originally started this site, my goal was to focus on pedals, but I also wanted to get into other aspects of guitar nerdery as well. I’ve mentioned the influence and respect I’ve had for Johnny Marr (specifically with Smiths), but it’s been super fun to rediscover Johnny Marr again.
Little over a year ago, I picked up his Fender Signature Johnny Marr Jaguar and I was quite impressed with that guitar. I loved that he addressed all the ‘issues’ related to Jags while still maintaining all the good aspects. Usually ‘improvements’ can take away from the character as well. Especially with those Fender offsets like Jaguars and Jazzmasters. To me, the Jag feels and sounds exactly like a classic Jag, but he addressed the big issues (rhythm circuit switches, pickup selection switches, the bridge and the trem). All of these have been improved, but all the quirks are still intact.
After picking up that Jaguar, I discovered Johnny’s solo project, and again, that was super fun to check out.. and it’s quite good. The album titled “The Messenger” is something worth checking out for sure.
Just a little while ago, Fender put out an exclusive film/concert of Johnny Marr and his band playing live from the Hospital Club. It’s a great video, and worth checking out!
What do you guys think of Johnny Marr? Has he influenced you at all? Let me know by commenting below!