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, Must... Click To Read More About This Product
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 Fender's 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 Triplebucker bridge pickup. Other features include a koto body, C-shaped maple neck, rosewood fretboard with 22 jumbo frets, 5-way pickup switching with lower horn blade selector switch, 4-ply aged white pearloid pickguard, Jazz Bass-style control knobs, vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge, vintage-style tuners and nickel/chrome hardware.
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I was at GC today looking at Strats playing all kinds of them from 1200 to 499. Then I came across a Fender Black Marauder plugged it into a fender blues junior and started wailing like I was just reconnected with my long lost Brother. This guitar has good clean sounds and it can get mean and nasty when you need it too. I was really impressed with neck and quiet switching system this is a fun guitar. Check them out you'll be glad you did.
I currently own an Epiphone Explorer and a Dean Vendetta 1000. I was looking for a new guitar with a different sound. I found it. I love the Marauder. I bought the Lake Placid Blue. The color is much better in real life than what is shown in the pic. The Jazzmaster pickup is great for an older surf style and country sound, while the Jazzmaster + Single Coil gives a somewhat Strat sound. The Single Coil alone didn't impress me. I like the Triplebucker as well as the Humbucker sound. Although, the Humbucker alone won't compare to the fullness of dual humbuckers like the Explorer. I wouldn't let that deter anyone from buying this guitar because, unless you have another guitar with dual humbuckers right beside you, you probably won't notice. I found that the output is a little weak compared to my other two guitars. Nothing that a volume adjust on the amp won't take care of. It also "appears" that the pickups may be too far away from the strings. I'm going to do some playing around with pickup height adjustment and see what happens. I was disappointed that GC kept missing delivery due dates (3 times). They blamed it on Fender. I called Fender and they said that GC had already received a shipment. It took 5 weeks for the guitar to arrive and the original due date was 10 days. When it did arrive, there was no owners manual. I'm kind of looking for that in the hopes that it will tell me what the pickup height is supposed to be. I'd like to know before I adjust the height so I can determine if it was set up to specs before it left the factory. The action is set up awesome from the factory. I'm not a big fan of .009's, so I pulled the strings off after 3 days and put on set of GHS Boomer .010's. Much better feel and tone (for me). The tuners are very smooth and changing strings is very easy. Just remember to cut the string about 3 inches past the tuner. The string goes down through the tuner post as opposed to through a hole in the post. I've read reviews on other websites where people don't like the position of the pickup selector switch, claiming it "might" get in the way. I don't find that to be the case. The selector switch is very accessible, yet very much out of the way of your strumming. Though there's only one volume and tone pot, very good response from both. There is an extreme difference between full on, half and off on both. The tone can go from extremely bright to extremely warm with nice, smooth flavors in between. Turn the volume all the way up, set up the amp to near deafening, then watch how much volume control you get from the volume pot. It's great. Once you get your amp volume and tone set up, you'll probably end up running this thing on the nickles. I find that you probably won't want to run it with volume on the dime unless you have a noise gate, except for the humbucker. The neck is fast and smooth. If you're accustomed to 24 frets, you might find that solos around the 20th feel a little cramped. I'm considering one mod for this guitar and that is to add a switch that will enable the Jazzmaster while the Humbucker is selected, and a push pull volume switch so I'll be able to adjust the volume of the Humbucker and Jazzmaster separately. All in all, it's a great guitar, truly worth a 5-star rating.
OK, So I was looking for a lefty guitar for my son, so I went to GC where my friend works and he was unboxing one of these when I got there. This thing is a beauty in Placid Blue!, and what you can't tell from the picture here is that the finishing is just as great as you would see in an America standard strat. The next thing I noticed was the pickup configuration. I had never seen this setup b4 and was a reluctant about the three single coils packed together. Though I prefer higher gauge than .9, the setup was as good as I think can get out of the box. Quick tuning, plugged it into a Lil' Train Head&Cab and everyone there was marveled by the tonal beauty and versatility. Perfect Tele and Strat tones... and not sure at wat position, but one of them sounds very Gibson-ish. Not quite LesPaul, but close enough that with your eyes closed you would guess you are listening to a LP or SG. Too bad it doesn't come lefty (for my son) but next time I have money (some time far from Christmas) I am going straight for one of these!
The fit and finish of my Marauder is every bit as good as my American Vintage Jag and my 65 Duo and 67 Jag. It's better than my MexiStrat. In short, I can't find a flaw with it - anywhere. As far as the sound goes, I find it more similar to your average Tele than anything else. It certainly sounds nothing like my Mexican Toronado. I'm glad I got it.
The Marauder in Lake Placid Blue is a great guitar. Very well built, and plays beautifully. I also own a Fender American Strat which cost 2X the price, and this guitar is almost as good. The finish and workmanship is very impressive for the price. Also the guitar played very well right out of the box. It stays in tune very well, and the neck is thin and very comfortable. It has great weight disturbution and balance. The switches and knobs feel solid and are of high quality. It also looks great. Now for the tone - simply great! With teh 5 positin switch and the provided pickup combination, this guitar gives great variety in available tones. It does offer some tonal combinations that my Strat does not have, so that was one reason I avcquired this guitar. I love the deep jazzy tone the Jazzmaster neck pickup provides, and the bridge pickup offers some very nice tones as well. Overall a great choice, and I'm very happy with it.
I purchased this guitar about 6 weeks ago. The first time I picked it up I could tell the neck was just made for my small hands. Slim neck and great action. I was seeing what kind of different sounds I could get out of it. I was freaked out. You can play mellow,or play heavy rock. The only thing I found is it doesn't stay in tune if you stretch your strings, and use the whammy bar. I'm getting a set of locking Schaller tuners. For $60 I will have the perfect guitar. If you don't get this guitar soon it will go up in price. I started calling around and it seems they can't keep them in stock.
Right from the box it was just right. Neck was set perfect and the tones you can get from this have to be heard. The neck felt great and the frets were filed just right.I have not found anything wrong with it. The other reviews were correct to give it 5 stars. This is made in China and the quality is very high. If this is an example of what China is producing American manufacture's of guitars will have a very hard time competing against it. The price is unbelievable for the quality of guitar. You will not be sorry if buy one. I puchased the Lake Placid Blue model. It is beautiful.
Fender hits another home run with a $399.00 guitar that is full of wonderful tones thanks to the triple-bucker and the JazzMaster single pole in the neck postion. 5 switch positions are given to you to dial in the exact sound you wish to exude. Good sustain is a given...Fender quality workmanship throughout, even thogh it is built in China. Buy one...you will be very happy with such a fine instruement as the Marauder. Bought mine in Lake Placid blue...beautiful in every aspect, and as bonus you get the classic tremolo bar. FENDER RULES.
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