Throughout its history, Fender® has always made a special point of welcoming new players to the family by offering entry-level instruments of remarkable style and substance (such as the Duo-Sonic™, Mustang® and Musicmaster™ models), with great sound, classic looks, solid performance and eminent affordability. The Modern Player series continues that great my-first-Fender tradition, with thoroughly modern features and several distinctively unconventional new takes on our most revered instruments-all with outstandingly attainable value.
In addition to heralding the return of a fabled and seldom-heard Fender name from the 1960s, the Modern Player Marauder is one of the most distinctive new guitars in the family, uniquely marked by a new body style, Modern Player Jazzmaster® neck pickup and volcanic-sounding three-coil Fender Triple Bucker™ bridge pickup. Other features include a koto body, "C"-shaped maple neck, rosewood fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets, five-way pickup switching with lower horn blade selector switch, four-ply aged white pearloid pickguard, Jazz Bass®-style control knobs, vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge, vintage-style tuners and nickel/chrome hardware. Available in Black and Lake Placid Blue.
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Great, plays really well right off the shelf. The pickups sound amazing clean, and dirty. The neck pickup is unfortunately wound like a strat neck pickup, and sounds
similar. That's not a bad thing, it sounds amazing, but isn't what fender advertise it to be. This guitar is really resonant and light, like any good fender. It is a steal, true fender looks and tone at a great price, with some added versatility. The humbucker isn't too dark, and stays tight with gain. The bridge single coil is darker than a strat or tele. Trem is vintage style, so it needs careful set up to work its best, but is functional. The arm isn't angled right, it's too straight, so dive bombs need you to move the arm to back of the trem and lift. At least it works. the neck is lacquered, so it might get sticky during a gig, but i don't have a problem with it. It looks kind of like a Jazzmaster, with a big seventies head stock. The neck is gorgeous and feels fantastic. Great sounds, great looks, great price.
zachconnor97 owns this item
I first saw the modern player marauder on the Fender website and almost immediately fell in love with the looks. It looked so promising, I didn't even play the guitar until the day I picked it up and long story short, I wasn't disappointed! It plays amazingly and sounds great! The two pickups are so diverse it would be easy to say that a guitar with a triplebucker and a singlecoil would be a gimmick, but the marauder really works and works well; the tonal varieties you can get will suit any situation. Basically, the modern player marauder is an incredibly versatile guitar that sounds great, is solid to play and has looks to kill; as a rock musician it suits all my needs and if you are too and you're on a budget or you're just starting out, then look no further!
Grunge_Poet owns this item
I played a black Marauder at a retailer near me and found it to be surprisingly satisfying to play. I really liked the pickup options on the switch and the overall build quality, pearloid pickguard, and jumbo frets made an impression on me. The tone was very penetrating with options for a great neck sound and great bridge sounds. It seemed like a very powerful guitar and not too noisy. I had thought that it might be too noisy for me but thru a Blues Jr III clean and boost it was very quiet.
This experience encouraged me to investigate other similar Jazzmasters and Jaguars. After doing a lot of research and talking to a Marauder owner I made the decision to buy one myself. I ordered a Lake Placid Blue one from a big internet place.
My new Marauder arrived today. It is a beautiful Lake Placid Blue. I replaced the black amp knobs with Fender knurled tele type barrel knobs and I like the chrome look of the new knobs against the LPB finish and aged white pearloid pickguard. The guitar came set up perfectly with very low buzzless action and it plays seemingly effortlessly. Thru my modified Blackheart Little Giant head and a one by twelve cabinet, the guitar sounds great. The Blackheart head is modified with a variable voltage regulator (VVR) and a new transformer. The VVR allows the amp to be overdriven at very low volumes and it is a really useful mod. I am anticipating that playing the Marauder thru some of my other nice tube amps will also be very satisfying. Hitting it hard with my new Marshall DSL100H and four by twelve is something I'm looking forward to.
The guitar itself is spectacular, regardless of the price. I have been very lucky because the guitar has a most beautiful neck that has a very appealing amber tint and the neck itself is made from a piece of spectacular flamed maple. The flames are very prominent and cover the entire neck, giving it that awesome ringed stripe figuring that is the mark of many a treasured, tirelessly hand picked or custom ordered guitar. The fretboard is also a beautiful very dense and smooth rosewood. I can't over emphasize how spectacular this neck is and how lucky I am to have received such a beautiful example of this already super nice guitar.
Some have insinuated that the triple bucker is less than spectacular. In my personal experience the triple bucker is a very awesome pickup and the way that it is wired into the rest of the electronics enables the triple bucker to produce some very pleasing sounds, including the powerful full humbucking sound and the equally impressive combined three coil humbuckers sound. The other switch positions produce very enjoyable and useable sounds thru my very decent modified Blackheart amp.
The neck Jazzmaster pickup, or whatever it is (it looks like a JM pickup) produces a remarkable sound, powerful, bright, and full of chime and drive at the same time. In my experience the tone knob is very useful in allowing the pickups to produce an amazing spectrum of sounds, from a bright chiming sound to a toned down smooth and powerfully beautiful sound. The pickup combination on this guitar is a very special thing and really contributes to the awesome character and vibe that this guitar has. This guitar has mojo, surely, that goes beyond the sum of its parts. Fender may have produced a guitar here that surpasses its production objective of making a very nice guitar within a specified price parameter; one that captures some of the allure of days gone by, but at the same time radiates a never before seen wonder of craft and artistry.
I hope everyone else that buys one of these guitars is fortunate enough to get one of spectacular quality and beauty, equal to mine. Fender definitely did something, or many things, right when they designed and produced this guitar; and it is nice to see that "this" version of the Marauder is actually making it into the hands of the public in large numbers. My guess is that there will be a substantial demand by discerning players, for this guitar.
1Duffy1 owns this item
I am 43 now and after a 20 year break from guitar I found myself getting excited about it again. I had only ever owned a tokai 58 strat copy and I had never really ever got on with it.
Of course 20 years ago there was no iPad or Internet. I have now spent many many months catching up and reading about guitars, pretty much whenever I had any free time. After a lot of research I decided that this guitar was the only one that really had the looks, style and features I was looking for in a ultra affordable package.
Mine is LPB, I am very very happy with it. The jazzmaster pickup is my favourite as it has a decent bit of weight and depth to it. The humbucker sounds great through my Marshall DSL too and comes in very handy when I am with my mates playing Ramones tunes. I simply love this guitar for its playability and versatility.
Please make more colours as I want to buy another so I have 2 for gigging.
klootzak owns this item
I was looking for something outside of the Strat/Tele camp and had been looking at Jags and Jazzmasters when I stumbled on the Marauder. I must say, this is a pretty cool guitar. It's comfortable to play, the pickups sound great and it was set up and ready to go out of the box. I researched it online and checked out some YouTube reviews and the Fender site before purchasing but I would have been impressed just the same if I hadn't. There is some noticeable volume drop with the middle p'up setting and I'll probably replace the volume/tone pots with audio taper pots (they sound like linear taper to me) but overall, it's a cool guitar and definitely worth the money!
pedroni40 owns this item
I bought this guitar pre-order cause iv never seen a triple bucker before and it looked really cool, Fender is all iv ever played so i knew i would be comfortable with it. I volunteer at a local collage in the city i live in and i help out in the video production class, i spend most of my time in the music studio room helping the students with their recordings, i decided to bring in the guitar, and let the students do their thing, from blues to metal, these students were dialing up tones left and right, it was so versatile because of its unique pickup design. The playability was also comfortable, fast and easy for the students to use, even for the ones who didn't own or use a fender guitar. Now i don't know how road / stage worthy this guitar is, but i do know, that because of its great feel and tone, its perfect and affordable for studio recording, my only minor complaint is that you can't load a heavier gauge string in it past .009 gauge, i mean a little modification can always fix this but it would be cool if it already took something a bit thicker right out of the box, it would really benefit the versatility of the guitars awesome sound but other than that, its an amazing guitar :)
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I grabbed a Marauder a few months ago at a local music store, and honestly it's become my main guitar
Lots of interesting sounds with the P90 and the triplebucker. At first I thought the P90 and the out of phase with the single coil were the only ones I would use, but the other three positions end up getting used a reasonable amount. The triplebucker in humbucker mode has a nice bite to it and is quiet (more on this later) but the single coil and the triplebucker are usable sounds I dip into now and again. What I like is that most of these sit well with the other guitarist in the band who uses humbuckers. I think the versatility is what really sold me on it, that and having some unique tones that make me stand out a little different from everyone else..
Small neck size works well for me, I guess I have small hands.
Oh, and it was pretty cheap for a fender....
The only one that bugs me is that it's a noisy guitar on the single coil and P90 settings; some reasonable shielding would probably added to the price but would have gone a long way. I'll have to get to it soon, its OK in venues where the juice is clean but anywhere with fluorescent lights..yikes. Anyway, I'd love to see fender run round the cavities with shielding paint.
Not such a big deal but the controls are laid out a bit clunky. The output jack is on the front so you'll need an angled cord or the trem arm will bump against the cord. Again, it's probably cost but it would have been better to put the output on the outside like on a tele. Also the supplied funky controls are also pretty tall so they bump up against the trem; but again thats an easy fix, i just got new ones!
Overall, I really love this cool funky thing and keep finding cool new ideas from it...great idea from fender
mark_r_cookson owns this item
The original Fender Marauder was a strange elusive beast. Totally outlandish (unseen) pick-up configuration and electronics and the guitar barely left the workshop. This new incarnation, manufactured in China, is quite different. Although the body shape tips its hat to the old one and the concept of the triple-bucker does the same in a way, the guitar is surprisingly easy to get to love. Once I swapped the triple-bucker for an old Seymour Duncan JB Jr. and put the aforementioned in the neck position of a Telecaster where it does much more benefit, the Marauder just blossomed and has become my main work-horse. Even though it costs way less than a US Strat, it feels like one once you break it in. The neck is perfectly balanced and the body light but with enough sustain capabilities for most needs. A lot of guitar for a reasonable sum of money.
in the sixties the fender marauder was supposed to be released... only it never was... most people looked down on the guitar for having no pickups and it was put out of production having this instrument only been owned by a lucky few... many people to this day consider this guitar the holy grail of fenders...
fast forward to 2011 and boom!!! fender is selling a guitar shape that's oddly familiar but nothing we've ever seen before... a triplecoil pickup mixed with a jazzmaster pickup sounds kind of insane until now right?... WHAT KIND OF GUITAR IS THIS????? ladies and gentlemen, could it be??? the fender marauder had returned...
Sure i guess most of you wouldn't call it a marauder right??? but to me i like to think that this guitar is a forgotten warrior come back from it's mission to perfect itself and become something guitarrists would want to play... to all you vintage correct people, this guitar may be or not what you are looking for... the truth is fender is putting out a lot of prototype guitars that never came to be now and this guitar is one of them... so it is most definately a collectors item but where will fender go from here?
personaly i would like to see quite the opposite of what most vintage correct guitarrists want... the modern player version of this guitar in my opinion should mark a new standard for the marauder (considering attempts of bringing this guitar to the public had always failed until now) and any guitarrist who has played one agrees with me...
the pickups are obviously the strong point of this guitar... at first sight the triplebucker sounds pretty gimicky and it kind of is but in the end it's one mean tone machine and gives an amazing humbucker tone and other unique tones you could call characteristic only to this guitar... the jazzmaster (not wanting to put down the triplebucker that is a strong point to this guitar) is the most amazingly hot neck pickup i have ever heard and would be enough to only use the neck pickup in a rock show... so i guess you could say this guitar is kinda weird in terms of tone but in an awesome way...
the body and neck are also strong points to this guitar this guitar was made to have an extremly low action and i could shred like crazy on it without the strings fighting back... the neck access on this guitar is also something pretty amazing, the neck alone is all out comfortable (besides the laquer) and well tinted (the silver logo is also hot and shows that it's still stylish)... the frets are incredibly smooth and rounded out, then the body cutaway is just perfect to reach all the frets (this coming from someone who only played strats until getting this guitar)... the body is also incredibly comfortable and in a sexy offset shape that catches your eye... not to mention a pretty well done finish...
overall this guitar is awesome and the points deducted wouldn't have been deducted by me if i hadn't thought of the various opinions people have of this guitar (except for the tone)... overall this guitar is fenders junkyard hero and shows that something that was considered trash can come back in style... if fender will keep this design permanent for the marauder is anyones guess but i personally would be happy if they made it happen cause this guitar needs more colours... i recomend this guitar to anybody looking for a guitar with a grungy alternative vibe and very little cash
ralfcaetano owns this item
|Model Name:||Modern Player Marauder, Rosewood Fingerboard, Lake Placid Blue|
|Color:||Lake Placid Blue|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Polyester|
|Neck Material:||1-Piece Maple|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Polyester|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (64.8 cm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Bridge Pickup:||Fender Triplebucker™|
|Neck Pickup:||Modern Player Jazzmaster|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo|
|Pickguard:||4-Ply Aged White Pearloid|
|Control Knobs:||Vintage Style Black Plastic Jazz Bass®|
|Strings:||Fender® USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)|
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