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Gibson Marauder

Solid body Gibson electric guitar

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1975 Gibson Marauder Electric GuitarThe Gibson Marauder was launched in 1974 (actually Marauder shipping records state just 1 instrument was shipped in 1974) and remained in production until 1979; being replaced by the Gibson Sonex series around 1980. This Norlin-period Gibson was produced exclusively at the Kalamazoo plant, and was Gibsons mid-seventies budget model; still a Gibson and not cheap, but certainly the lowest price electric. The 1970s were a difficult time for American guitar companies: the oil crisis of 1973, and ensuing recessions, added to competition from Japanese manufacturers, meant ways had to be found to cut costs of at least the entry level models which bore the brunt of competition.

Gibson 79 promo magazineTaken from the Gibson 79 promo magazine:
The Gibson Marauder guitar was introduced in 1974. The instrument has a body shape rather like a Les Paul, but has a bolt-on neck. The body and neck are made from poplar and hard maple and the instrument is finished in clear satin laquer. There are three distinct tone settings on the Marauder's selector switch. The front pickup is similar to the Super Humbucker with small additional magnets reinforcing and directing the field, while the bridge pickup has a single, iron-cored coil, with a magnet below and iron strips from the lower magnet pole. The fast, easy-action neck is made from Canadian maple. The fingerboard is made from rosewood with dot inlays and the distinctive peghead is of "V-series" design.


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The Marauder was launched at the same time as the Grabber bass and shared some of its cost cutting features. Both had controls and pickups assembled onto the pickguard; an easier production method than mounting electrics into the guitars themselves. Also both had bolt-on maple necks and alder bodies. These woods, aswell as being cheaper than Gibsons staple, mahogany, are more traditionally associated with Gibsons main American rival, Fender. A further nod to Fender comes in the choice of pickup; one humbucker at the neck, and a single coul pickup at the bridge. Along with the body shape, and asymetrical pickguard, the guitar does ressemble a Fender Telecaster custom, whilst its sister model the S-1 was built to capture the essence of a Fender Stratocaster

Guitar strings suitable for this guitar

D'Addario EXL110 Nickel Regular Light (D'Addario Electric Regular Light)

D'Addario XLS590 (D'Addario Stainless Steel Electric Guitar Strings Jazz Light)

D'Addario EXL115 (D'Addario Electric Blues/Jazz Rock)

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1975 Gibson Marauder
1975 Gibson Marauder. Notice the 3-way switch, and witch hat knobs
1978 Gibson Marauder
1978 Gibson Marauder. Notice the 3-way switch is replaced by a chickenhead switch, and it now has speed knobs
1979 Gibson Marauder
1979 Gibson Marauder. Notice the maple fingerboard.
Gibson Marauder chronology
  • 1974 Marauder launched, however only 1 instrument shipped in the first year [1]
  • 1974 Gibson Marauder promotional record
    1975 First appearance in a price list. The Gibson Marauder protional record is released; a 45 rpm 7 " vinyl demonstrating the guitar with, and without accompaniment. Finishes: Natural Satin ($349), Wine Red ($399). By the second price list of the year, the Marauder was being called the M-1, and the Marauder Custom was announced (Sunburst only) at $449 [3]
    1975 Gibson catalogue
  • 1976 Marauder Custom price raised to $499 (M-1 prices unchanged [4])
    The second price list of '76 raised the price of the Natural Satin finish M-1 to $359, and offered a Natural Maple Gloss instrument for $399. By late 1976 the three-way pickup switch had been replaced by a pot, allowing more subtle blends of bridge and neck pickup.
  • 1977M-1 Natural Satin $399, Wine Red / Maple Gloss $449. Marauder Custom $539 [5]
  • 1978 Again more price rises announced in January. M-1 Natural Satin $419, Wine Red / Maple Gloss $469. Marauder Custom $559 [6]. The May price list of the same year drops completely the Marauder Custom. New finishes for 1978 include Ebony, Walnut and Tobacco Sunburst, Natural Mahogany (on mahogany bodied instruments) [7] and White [8]. This was obviously a good move as this is the peak year for Marauder sales [1]
    1978 Gibson catalogue
  • 1979 Price slashed to $399, Walnut being the only available colour [9]
  • 1980 Model officially discontinued, though some instruments were made as late as early 1981, including a few finished in Candy Apple Red.

1) Gibson Shipment Totals 1937-79 by Larry Meiners
2) Gibson pricelist 1/1/1975
3) Gibson pricelist 20/6/1975
4) Gibson pricelist 1/3/1976
5) Gibson pricelist 1/1/1977
6) Gibson pricelist 15/1/1978
7) Gibson pricelist 15/5/1978
8) Gibson 1978 international catalogue
9) Gibson pricelist 30/9/1979

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Aluminum Gibson Marauder Pickguard - Deck Plate

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70s Gibson 4-Bolt Neckplate & Screws for S1, GK55 Marauder, L6s Midnight Special

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1974 - 1975 Gibson Marauder Neck, Refinished

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Engraved MARAUDER Truss Rod Cover for Gibson Les Paul

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UK ebay listings

Rare Vintage 1969-1974 Gibson Marauder 6-string Electric Guitar Blonde

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1976 Gibson S-1 Marauder electric guitar vintage Norlin BLACK bill lawrence

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1975 Gibson Marauder electric guitar vintage Norlin CINNAMON RED Bill Lawrence

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1976 GIBSON MARAUDER CUSTOM - made in USA

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Vintage Gibson USA Bill Lawrence Humbucker Pickup Corvus/Marauder/Challenger/L6S

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Engraved MARAUDER Truss Rod Cover for Gibson Les Paul

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Vintage 1976 Gibson Harmonica Bridge & Tailpiece + Studs For SG L6S S1 Marauder

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vintage Gibson 1970's NICKEL bushings for Kluson tuners Les Paul S1 SG Marauder

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Chrome Gibson 1970s Gold Harmonica Bridge SG L6S Marauder

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Clean Gibson 1970s Gold Harmonica Bridge SG L6S Marauder

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1976 GIBSON MARAUDER CUSTOM -- made in USA

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MARAUDER® -GENUINE- WHITE PG f. GIBSON® 3 PLY WBW PICKGUARD USA HANDCUT QUALITY

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MARAUDER® -GENUINE- BLACK PG f. GIBSON® 3 PLY BWB PICKGUARD USA HANDCUT QUALITY

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There are 1 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
Nigel Beek Comment left 21st November 2011 11:11:01
My first guitar was a Gibson Marauder, followed by the Gibson S1. Both pretty unloved at the time (late eighties), and WAY cheaper than they are now. Great workhorse guitars, and not super fragile like most Gibsons.

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