J Mascis recently stated that he doesn’t like Johnny Marr’s signature Jaguar, despite the fact he was given one by the Smiths legend himself, Far Out Magazine reports.
J Mascis opens up on the matter
Mascis was talking through his extensive guitar collection in a recent YouTube clip for Reverb when he made the passing comment [at approx 14.33], while holding his preferred Lake Placid Blue Jaguar.
“I have like a Johnny Marr one he gave me, or something – that’s my other Jag,” says Mascis in the video. “It doesn’t work at all for me, really. Nothing about it works for me.”
Mascis did not address his personal beef with Marr’s signature guitar. However, Fender’s “fantastically non-standard” Johnny Marr signature Jaguar is widely hailed as one of firm’s finest offset builds and is considered by many to be the best example of a Jaguar on sale today.
He has also worked with Fender to develop his own signature J Mascis Jazzmaster and, more recently a signature Tele, based on his much-loved ’58 Telecaster. While Mascis does not dive deep further into his critique of Marr’s signature – for diplomatic reasons. Mascis also reels out a stunning array of sparkle-finished vintage instruments, including a selection of Jazzmasters and his ’58 Tele, alongside the Strat he favored on recent Heavy Blanket recordings, a ’60s Gibson ES-330 (a purchase inspired by Jesus And Mary Chain guitarist Jim Reid), a Gibson Les Paul Deluxe and the SG he used to write the opening riff of Out There.