Gibson Marauder Specifications

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Mike Bloomfield playing a Marauder Custom

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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Steven Hancock Comment left 31st May 2018 07:07:22 reply
Just purchased a Marauder SN 8XXX0XX. This tells me that the guitar is a 1980, but this site shows production ending in 1979. Anyone else have a 1980 Marauder or know about production beyond 1979? Body is dark brown, looks like walnut and has the mix pot.
Vintage Guitar and Bass Comment left 2nd June 2018 07:07:37 reply
Yes Steven, Gibson did ship them into the eighties - at least 1981, but in small numbers only (compared to the late seventies at least). Available Gibson shipping stats stops at 1979, hence the data above. They shipped some nice examples in Candy Apple Red around this time too.
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.
G.M. Grena Comment left 21st December 2018 22:10:24 reply
Regarding the Shipping Figure of zero shown for ebonies prior to 1978 ... In 1980 I acquired an ebony Marauder body that I saw Paul Stanley use at a Kiss concert, December 20th, 1977 for his smash at the end of "Rock and Roll All Nite". Unlike Sebastian's, mine has the early 3-way pickup switch instead of a pot, & the neck had been sawed in the back adjacent to the bolt-on plate, so it would stay together when he pounded it sideways onto the floor, but easily snap in half when he bowed it across his knee. My friend, who had a front-row/center seat enabling him to get it, only got the body, & the neck with strings went to some other lucky fan. When I bought it from him, I wrote to Gibson asking if I could buy a replacement neck, & to my pleasant surprise, they sold it to me (along with a blue-fur case custom-fitted for Marauders). I can't help but wonder how many of these special versions were made for him, since they don't seem to have been included in your Shipping Figures.