Mike Bloomfield playing a Gibson Marauder Custom. From Gibson Backstage Pass promo magazine
1) Gibson '78 publicity brochure 2) Gibson 1979 international Catalog (* could this be an error?)
The Gibson Marauder was shipped between 1974 and (at least) 1981. Peak production years being 1975 and 1978. Unfortunately Gibson shipping totals are not available beyond 1979, but small numbers of Marauders did leave the Gibson Nashville plant in 1980 and early 1981 (and possibly beyond this time).
|Model \ Year||1974||1975||1976||1977||1978||1979||total|
|Marauder - Ebony||435||25||460|
|Marauder - Natural||1||1|
|Marauder - Natural Satin||1819||408||4||2422||105||4758|
|Marauder - Tobacco Sunburst||227||13||240|
|Marauder - Wine Red||851||259||66||148||44||1368|
|Marauder Custom - Tobacco Sunburst||66||5||12||83|
As explained above, the reproduced Gibson Marauder shipping totals are incomplete: the Marauder was shipping at least until 1981, possibly later; a total of 7112 Marauders were recorded above (1974-79). But it is unlikely that the overall total would be significantly higher, most likely tens of instruments rather than hundreds. Eighties models were produced exclusively at the Nashville plant, typically in opaque red finish, including on the neck.
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 statistics. 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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