Fender Mike Kerr Jaguar Bass review – a short-scale stunner with a unique pickup pairing that handles much more than just rock

Exclusive: We bring you the first review of the Royal Blood frontman’s long-awaited – and strictly limited-edition – signature bass. Stand clear!

Fender Mike Kerr Jaguar Bass
(Image: © Fender)

Guitar World Verdict

Mike Kerr’s Jag plays like butter, cranks out the big tones with ease and looks suitably glam with its orange and gold livery. Given its build quality and its limited status, we can live with its $1,599 pricetag, too.


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    A finish designed to dominate the stage.

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    Super-friendly neck and scale length.

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    Sidewalk-trembling low end.


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    At this price, full-scale active P- and J-Basses are also within reach.

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Royal Blood have been attracting a lot of attention in the bass world over the past decade or so. This is not just because their bassist and singer Mike Kerr is a decent player: it’s also because he’s pretty much perfected the art of the fully leaded power duo, doing for bass players what Jack White did for guitarists a few years before him. 

He and drummer Ben Thatcher have shown over three chart-topping albums – and their imminent fourth, Back to the Water Below – that a bass player can emulate the sounds made and the space filled by a guitar with ease, given the right pedalboard and a signal-splitter. 

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.