Gibson Marauder Specifications

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Mike Bloomfield playing a Gibson Marauder Custom. From Gibson Backstage Pass promo magazine

Marauder M-1

Body: Solid alder body construction (1974-77), maple or mahogany (1978-79)
Venetian style cutaway
Neck: Laminated Canadian maple (all years), mahogany (1979)[1]
Fingerboard: Rosewood (1974-77), maple (1978-79)
Dot inlays, 22 Frets, 24 3/4 inch scale
Pickups: Two entirely different pickups for tremendous tonal versatility • Front pickup — Super Humbucking • Back pickup — Entirely new design with accented treble frequencies (Back pickup is single coil). Early models have a three-way selector switch, later models have a potentiometer to allow any blend of the two pickups.
Hardware: Nickel wide travel, adjustable tune-o-matic bridge, stop tailpiece

Marauder Custom

Body: Solid alder body construction (1974-78)
Venetian style cutaway
Neck: Laminated Canadian maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Block inlays, 22 Frets, 24 3/4 inch scale
Pickups: as above
Hardware: Nickel bridge and tailpiece, gold tuners. Revealed edge pickguard
Finish: Sunburst only

1) Gibson 1979 international catalogue (* could this be an error?)

Gibson Marauder Shipping Figures

Model \ Year197419751976197719781979total
Marauder 912516115202
Marauder - Ebony    43525460
Marauder - Natural1     1
Marauder - Natural Satin 1819408424221054758
Marauder - Tobacco Sunburst 227   13240
Marauder - Wine Red 85125966148441368
Marauder Custom - Tobacco Sunburst  66512 83
Gibson Marauder from 1978 full line catalog

The above shipping figures are incomplete: the Marauder was shipping at least until 1981, possibly later; eighties models were produced exclusively at the Nashville plant, typically in opaque red finish.

The guitar picture (left) is a mahogany-bodied Marauder with maple fingerboard (Natural Mahogany finish). Mahogany versions were only available in 1978/79. It is unclear how many mahogany-bodied Marauders were made as they are not specifically mentioned in the shipping figures. Interestingly the 1979 literature suggests examples with mahogany necks may have been available, though this is currently unconfirmed. Do you have a mahogany necked Gibson Marauder? if so, please comment.

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JYC Comment left 6th February 2017 11:11:22 reply
Hi, I've got a 75 Marauder, with some very dark Brown clearcoat. The woodgrain is visible through the coat. The neck isn't laminated but solid maple. Fingerboard is rosewood. Bye, JY
sebastian Comment left 1st April 2016 22:10:51 reply
thanks for your work and for publishing this. two questions: 1/ there s no black marauders in the list? i got one of those. 2/ there seems to be two versions, one with the PU-mix pot inbetween the two volume pots, one with the PU-mix out on the wing? thanks! sebastian
Vintage Guitar and Bass Comment left 27th January 2017 10:10:28 reply
Hi Sebastian - Gibson called their black finished guitars 'Ebony' (not to be confused with the wood species) - so black marauders were shipped (according to the figures above) from 1978.
The change from three-way switch to PU-blend pot seems to have occurred in late 1976.