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1981 Gibson Marauder

Solid-body electric guitar

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1981 Gibson Marauder 1981 Gibson Marauder, reverse
Model: 1981 Gibson Marauder
Pickups: Super Humbucking neck pickup (part 13670), single coil bridge pickup (part 13671), black covers
Scale: 24 3/4"
Body: mahogany
Neck: three-piece maple, with 22 fret rosewood fingerboard
Hardware: Chrome-plated Gibson stop tailpiece, Schaller wide-travel tune-o-matic bridge
Weight: 3.76 kg

The Gibson Marauder launched in 1974, and like most Gibson guitars, changed incrementally over the course of its production. This beautiful example from 1981 has a number of late Marauder features, but is, in essence, a great example of 1970s Gibson guitar design. A superb looking, easy playing, and awesome sounding vintage guitar!

The Marauder was officially deleted from the Gibson product line in 1980, (alongside the S-1 and L6-S) "in order to effectively segment our mid-priced product line". These guitars were replaced by the Firebrand and Sonex series guitars (see the article on Gibson product alignment), although as acknowledged, they would all ship "until inventory is depleted". The Marauder didn't ship much past early 1981. This guitar, with serial number 80771598 was stamped on the 18th March 1981 (77th day of the year), at Gibson's Nashville plant, being the 98th guitar shipped that day.

Some of these close out models were given new finishes, as detailed in the 1981 Gibson Specials folder. This Marauder is quite striking with its solid red finish, including on the neck reverse - a new finish for the Marauder and Gibson guitars in general. This is most likely a short-lived finish called Devil Red (only listed in finish code lists in April 1981), although some Gibson literature at the time suggests Cherry Red; in any case it is certainly one of the rarest Marauder finishes. I've also heard it described as "tomato ketchup red", which is pretty apt, as it does have a slight orangeness to it.See the supporting members page for a more detailed look at the evidence, and why i'm calling it for Devil Red. The 1981 price list naturally doesn't mention the last few Marauders trickling out of the Nashville plant, and the only guitars listed as available in Devil Red are The SG Deluxe and The Paul Deluxe. By the time of the June 1982 price list, Devil Red was gone, and The Paul Deluxe was only offered in Walnut or Ebony finishes.

1981 Gibson Marauder, body detail

Other than the finish, this Marauder is typical of its model: Les Paul shape, Flying V headstock, with the standard (Telecaster-inspired) pickup configuration of a Super Humbucker at the neck and a single coil pickup at the bridge. It has the late-period circuitry, with the treble/rhythm dial between the volume and tone controls. Pickups have black plastic covers, and the scratchplate is also single ply black. Like many later examples, this guitar has a mahogany, rather than alder or maple body.

1981 Gibson Marauder controls
1981 Gibson Marauder pickups

The two pickups fitted to the Marauder are unique to this model, as are their innovative controls. Controls are master volume, master tone, and a pickup blend dial. Both pickups were designed by Bill Lawrence: the neck pickup (part 13670) is a super humbucker (similar to a regular humbucker, but with additional magnets), whilst the bridge pickup (part 13671), slanted at a 15° angle, has a single coil design. These are tonally quite distinct pickups, offering a wide choice in sounds. But this is enhanced by the pickup selector control. Unlike early examples of the Marauder with a three way switch (neck/both/bridge), guitars with the pickup blend dial can easily select between Treble (just bridge pickup, dial fully anti-clockwise), and Rhythm (just neck pickup, dial fully clockwise), and any setting in between. A very effective way of getting just the right tone!

1981 Gibson Marauder tailpiece and bridge
Like all Marauders, this guitar is fitted with a standard Gibson stop tailpiece (part 81509), as fitted to Gibson guitars for decades; and a newer Schaller wide-travel tune-o-matic bridge (part 80040), widely associated with 1970s Gibsons. Both are chrome plated.
1981 Gibson Marauder neck plate detail
The neck is held in place with four bolts through a plain heel plate (part 84008). note also the strap button with felt washer. Many Gibson guitars manufactured at this time had the new Posi-Lok strap buttons - the Marauder, however stuck to the old style, part 84013.
The 'Flying-V' style headstock of the Gibson Marauder. The Gibson logo is silk-screened in gold.
1981 Gibson Marauder reverse headstock detail
The headstock reverse with three-a-side Gibson 'flower' tuning keys, made by Schaller in Germany. The eight digit serial number is stamped towards the top of the headstock reverse.

Gibson Marauder shipping totals

The Marauder was last included in price list of 7th Jan 1980, listed at $399. It was not included in the July 1980 list.

According to Gibson Marauder shipping totals 7112 Marauders shipped between 1974 and 1979. Of course, more shipped in 1980 and 1981, but figures for these are unavailable, but do not approach the levels of the 1970s.

Gibson Marauder video clips

This is a really nice guitar to play. I certainly prefer the combination of mahogany body and rosewood fretboard, and the Devil Red finish with black on black looks killer. Not too heavy, and with some lovely tones. The pickup blend pot is actually quite a nice feature for subtle tone changes (though perhaps not as fast for simply switching from one pot to the other).

Subscribe to the vintageguitarandbass youtube channel for more vintage guitar and bass demos. Also, check out the other Gibson Marauder videos (different amps, different settings) in the supporting members area.

1981 Gibson Marauder / 1979 Lab Series L7 (short version, 3m 39s)

Find out more about this amp here 1979 LAB series L7

The Marauder was quite atypical when it was first developed by Bill Lawrence for Gibson: with its maple fretboard and bolt-on neck. This clip shows a late period mahogany body, rosewood neck Gibson Marauder, played through a contemporaneous (actually 1979) 4x10 100w LAB series L7. The guitar is strung with Gibson bright wires (10-46). The L7 was created by Moog and Gibson (both Norlin companies) and is a seriously underated amp. The snarlier sounds are featured here, but it has a lot of really nice clean tones too. Watch the long version of this video in the vintageguitarandbass supporting members area, to hear a bit more of this guitar / amp under different settings.

There are three clips: first a demo of the pickup blend pot, then a clean/glassy tone demonstrating the LAB series midrange boost, and finally some really dirty fuzz from the lower boosted input. This amp has a HUGE range of sounds!

Recorded here with a Heil PR-40 (left channel) and a Shure SM57 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1981 Gibson Marauder / 1979 Lab Series L7 - vintage guitar demo (long version, 11m 02s)

Find out more about this amp here 1979 LAB series L7

This video demonstrates 11 distinct sounds from a 1981 Gibson Marauder, played through a 1979 4x10 100w LAB series L7. This is a really nice playing guitars and a hugely versatile amplifier. As I usually do in these clips, I start off with some clean tones, and get gainier as the video progresses. There are a lot of recommended settings out there for this amp - but for this video I chose a few of my own. Settings that, to me at least, sound great paired with this guitar.

Recorded here with a Heil PR-40 (left channel) and a Shure SM57 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1981 Gibson Marauder / 1976 WEM Dominator mkIII - vintage guitar demo (4m 37s)

Find out more about this amp here 1976 WEM Dominator mkIII

This is a tasty combination. Actually these two give a pretty bassy basic tone, and the whole amp rattles and vibrates with any significant volume, especially on the lower strings - so quite a few of the settings I used had the amp bass rolled down to some extent. But not all - turn it up loud enough and you can't hear the amp anyway! This amp has some truly wonderful grittier tones, and a world apart from the clean tones of many other amps. Compare the sounds attained here with those from a Fender amp, or Gibson/Norlin solid state LAB series amp. Strung with Gibson bright wires (10-46)

Recorded here with a Shure SM57 (left channel) and a Heil PR-40 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1981 Gibson Marauder / 1976 WEM Dominator mkIII - vintage guitar demo, long version (long version, 11m 21s)

Find out more about this amp here 1976 WEM Dominator mkIII

Long version of this video with extra guitar and amp settings. This is a great guitar/amp combination, with a lot of awesome clean and distorted sounds.

Recorded here with a Shure SM57 (left channel) and a Heil PR-40 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1981 Gibson Marauder / 1973 Fender Vibrolux Reverb - vintage guitar demo (4m 34s)

Find out more about this amp here 1973 Fender Vibrolux Reverb

Fender amps are all about clean. You can push them for a bit of snarl, but it's the nice rounded warmth and the sparkling glassiness that really make this amp come alive. Dial in some vibrato and reverb for some really classy sounds. You can go overboard for some craziness (check out some of my other videos of this amp) but just a little shimmer goes a long way! There are some lovely tones here from this combination. What i've recorded here is pretty polite, but that's what this amp inspires. Strung with Gibson bright wires (10-46)

Recorded here with a Shure SM57 (left channel) and a Heil PR-40 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1981 Gibson Marauder / 1973 Fender Vibrolux Reverb - vintage guitar demo, long version (long version, 9m 34s)

Find out more about this amp here 1973 Fender Vibrolux Reverb

Long version of this video with extra amp settings. This is a great guitar/amp combination with a lot of groovy sounds: great cleans for rhythmic funk or chord picking - and reverb/vibrato for surf and psychedelia, with enough snarl for some biting blues!

Recorded here with a Shure SM57 (left channel) and a Heil PR-40 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1981 Gibson Marauder 'supporting members' content

Extra content on this guitar is included in the Supporting Members area here

  • 41 extra images (with description): large detailed images including body routes, circuitry, components
  • Detailed wiring diagram
  • Pickguard tracing (PDF for accurate printing)
  • Extra video content (3 videos, 31m 57s: WEM Dominator mkIII, Lab series L7, Fender Vibrolux Reverb)
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1963 Vox Super AceThe Vox Super Ace was a mid-priced British solid body electric guitar, produced by JMI at their factory in Dartford, Kent. It was broadly modelled on the Fender Stratocaster, and a sibling model to the dual-pickup Vox Ace. Both the Ace, and Super Ace (along with several other models), were redesigned in 1963 with a new body shape, headstock style, and pickup layout - only increasing the resemblance to the aforementioned Fender. The Super Ace had a 1963 price tag of 47 5S. It's a pretty nice playing guitar with some lovely sounds - check out the videos on this page, and in the Vintage Guitar and Bass supporting members area

1966 Vox New Escort

1966 Vox New EscortThe Vox New Escort was Vox's version of the Fender Telecaster, at a time when American guitars were out of reach for most British musicians. It was made by JMI in England, for the British market, and unlike the majority of other models, didn't have an Italian-made equivalent. But the New Escort wasn't a slavish Fender copy, adding Vox's stylish teardrop headstock to the tele-style body, with a stop tailpiece and two Vox V2 single coil pickups. And it's a pretty substantial, and nice playing guitar, with a very comfortable neck. Check out the images, specifications, and watch a video of it in action. There is also extra content in the vintageguitarandbass supporting members area.

1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin CareCatalog scan. The 1969 Fender Lovin' Care catalog consisted of 48 pages of electric guitars, basses, amplifiers, steel guitars, acoustic guitars, banjos and keyboards. Like the previous catalog, this featured the company's guitars in a variety of interesting settings around California, from the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, to the Hollywood Bowl. Several instruments were making their first appearance amongst it's pages: the Telecaster bass, Montego and LTD jazz guitars, and the Redondo acoustic. It was the final catalog appearance, however, of the Electric XII, Bass V, Duo-Sonic, Coronado I and Coronado Bass I.

1973 Eko Ranger Folk

1973 Eko Ranger FolkThe Eko Ranger series of guitars was incredibly popular in the second half of the 1960s and through the 1970s, selling in very large numbers. The Ranger Folk was 1 1/4" smaller, and 1" shallower than the Ranger VI and XII - and with a narrower waist. Not a bad guitar; a little quiet, but pretty playable. These were great value in 1973, and because they sold so many, they are easy to find and excellent value today.

1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitarThe Symphonic bass was built in the UK, by Vox parent company JMI. It was the Vox equivalent to the Fender Precision bass, and was one of the most expensive Vox guitars produced. It was actually a great playing bass, rather similar to the Precision in feel and sound, but was probably just too expensive compared to an actual Fender and consequently sold poorly. When Vox hit financial problems in 1968, unsold guitars and basses were passed on to Dallas Arbiter, who briefly sold the excess Symphonic bass stock as model 4537. This bass, although with a neck date of February 1966, was most likely one of the unsold Vox guitars sold on by Dallas Arbiter. Check out the bass, and the two video demos through 1960s Ampeg and WEM amplifiers.

1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

1968 Shaftesbury catalogThe 1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog was just four pages long, and contained four guitar models: the six string Barney Kessel-style 3264; and three Rickenbacker-styled semi-acoustic models: the six-string 3261, the twelve string 3262 and the 3263 bass. Shaftesbury was the house-brand of major UK distributor Rose-Morris, and seems to have been launched as a response to the company's loss of it's distribution deal with Rickenbacker. The guitars were mid-priced, and built in (initially) Japan, and later Italy, by Eko

1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

1970 Rose_Morris catalog1970 Rose-Morris catalog, dated April 1970. It featured 6 electric guitars, 32 acoustic guitars, 3 basses and 1 steel guitar. It contains the following instruments, over 20 pages: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3262, 3264, 3265, 3400; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Colorado, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12; Aria 1674, 1675, 1676, 1679, 1680, 1695, 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk; Rose-Morris 15-11, Kansas, Georgian, Florida; Suzuki 1663, 1664, 1665, 3054, 3055, 3060; Tatay 1713, 1714, 1715; Peerless 3052; Steel guitar: Aria 3425

1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

1971 Rose_Morris catalogThe sixteen-page 1971 Rose-Morris catalog featured electric guitars by Rose-Morris' own brand, Shaftesbury, and budget brand Top Twenty; aswell as acoustics by Eko, Aria, and for the first time Ovation. The catalog contains the following instruments: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3264, 3265, 3400, 3402; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Ovation: Balladeer, 12 String, Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell 12 string; Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12, Colorado, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Studio 'L'; Rose-Morris Florida; Aria 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk

1972 Fender Precision bass

1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.