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Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar

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The return of a fabled and seldom-heard Fender name from the 1960s.

Throughout its history, Fender has always made a special point of welcoming new players to the family by offering entry-level instruments of remarkable style and substance (such as the Duo-Sonic, Mustang and Musicmaster models), with great sound, classic looks, solid performance and eminent affordability. The Modern Player series continues that great my-first-Fender tradition, with thoroughly modern features and several distinctively unconventional new takes on Fender's most-revered instruments”all with outstandingly attainable value.

In addition to heralding the return of a fabled and seldom-heard Fender name from the 1960s, the Modern Player Marauder is one of the most distinctive new guitars in the family, uniquely marked by a new body style, Modern Player Jazzmaster neck pickup and volcanic-sounding three-coil Fender Triplebucker bridge pickup. Other features include a koto body, C-shaped maple neck, rosewood fretboard with 22 jumbo frets, 5-way pickup switching with lower horn blade selector switch, 4-ply aged white pearloid pickguard, Jazz Bass-style control knobs, vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge, vintage-style tuners and nickel/chrome hardware.

FEATURES
  • Series: Modern Player
  • Body Material: Koto
  • Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
  • Neck: Maple, "C" Shape
  • Neck Finish: Gloss Polyester
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1cm)
  • Frets: 22, Jumbo
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8cm)
  • Nut Width: 1.650 (42mm)
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Pickups: Fender Triplebucker Pickup (Bridge)
  • Modern Player Jazzmaster Pickup (Neck)
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Vintage Style Tuning Machines
  • Bridge: Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
  • Control Knobs: Jazz Bass Knobs
  • Pickguard: 4-Ply Aged White Pearloid
  • Strings: Fender USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)

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FenderModern Player Marauder Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (34)

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    (5)

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    (1)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (22)
  • Fun to play (21)
  • Good tone (20)
  • Good pick up (17)
  • Solid electronics (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (17)
  • Practicing (15)
  • Recording (12)
  • Rock concerts (10)
  • Small venues (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Definitely a keeper!

Just read what I wrote above. This inexpensive little gem gives me more to work with than my two American Strats and my American Tele. I also believe that the first batch of these...Read complete review

Just read what I wrote above. This inexpensive little gem gives me more to work with than my two American Strats and my American Tele. I also believe that the first batch of these instruments will become collectors items. I'm glad to have a first run Modern Player Marauder. I'm telling you out there, Fender ROCKS, and these new guitar designs are a major reason why.
The body style is so unique, and the aged pearloid pick guard goes quite well with the sparkley blue finish! The knobs are well placed, I love the chrome (Jazz Bass) knob plate and the aged yellow finish on the neck and headstock! It's a cool looking guitar for sure. But the best thing about it is the electronics. I own three American made Fenders, two Strats and a Tele, all great guitars! But after 35 years of playing single-coil guitars, I'd forgotten how cool a crunchy hum-bucker could sound. You can still get the "Fender" single-coil sound when the selector switch is in the middle position, but now you also have a P90, a hum-bucker, a triple-bucker (fatter sounding than hum-bucker), and a combo of the P90 with single coil (3rd rail of the triple-bucker). I gigged this weekend and I've never sounded so versitile! I used P90 for rythyms and leads on older sings such as the Hollies' "Long Cool Woman," or Joe Walsh's "All Night Long." Switched to over-driven hum-bucker on classic rock, (i.e. ZZ Top "Sharp Dressed Man," or Beatles' "Revolution"). Still had the single coil swamp tone needed for Tony Joe White's "Polk Salad Annie." This may be a guitar priced for the beginner, but it has inspired this old dog!
There are no frills, such as locking tuners, roller nut, trem-setter or micro-tilt neck adjustment, so I gave her a 9, but the fit and finish is excellent. She was so close to perfectly set up, I was actually dumbfounded! She's a beauty, and a little screamer too!
At this price, to get an instrument that caused me to put away three others, each costing twice what the Marauder does, THAT'S AN AMAZING VALUE!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Yes, get this one!

When I first researched this instrument I saw 'Crafted in China' and was skeptical despite the good quality of the MexiFenders, which is just fine, BTW. They are what I use at...Read complete review

When I first researched this instrument I saw 'Crafted in China' and was skeptical despite the good quality of the MexiFenders, which is just fine, BTW. They are what I use at gigs because I want to be able to beat on my guitars and not worry much about damage and replacement. They are just tools, after all. Treat those high end custom shop units as the works of art they are and just display or record with them

You can't go wrong here and if this line continues this way, you may have a piece that will appreciate in value in the coming years.
A triple bucker that switches to a standard humbucker or a single coil along with a P90 that can be used by itself or with the single coil: That's just about every PU configuration known to man in one instrument. Nice! Comes w/ trem, so that's covered, too. (Kinda useless on this guitar though, more on that in the quality section). A proper Fender neck. Total cool and unique retro look - you'll stand out because not everybody will be using these.
The build quality is excellent. Frets are dressed w/o any hangover from the neck. The neck is C shaped and feels like any Strat. The PU's are a little less sonic than my Strats, but powerful enough through my Hot Rod and deliver well. The triplebucker sounds like a humbucker, but with some latent compression, really interesting. All the screws are properly seated and there's no stripping. The finish is up to the usual Fender standard.

I gave an eight for quality because the bridge is really low end (sorry Squire) and will not work well for surf or dive bombing. It's got zero feel and forget about the tuning. Got to have a Floyd for proper whammy! I set mine up for .11 gauge strings and made a hardtail by adding an extra spring. A little lube on the synthetic nut and no tuning issues.

The Koto wood body is pretty light and took a little getting used to, but it does play well.
For the price point this is an excellent value. You get a well made guitar with a wide variety of features you can actually use on a regular basis. I'm quite impressed!

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(25 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Definitely a keeper!

By Larry

from Florida

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Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

Just read what I wrote above. This inexpensive little gem gives me more to work with than my two American Strats and my American Tele. I also believe that the first batch of these instruments will become collectors items. I'm glad to have a first run Modern Player Marauder. I'm telling you out there, Fender ROCKS, and these new guitar designs are a major reason why.
The body style is so unique, and the aged pearloid pick guard goes quite well with the sparkley blue finish! The knobs are well placed, I love the chrome (Jazz Bass) knob plate and the aged yellow finish on the neck and headstock! It's a cool looking guitar for sure. But the best thing about it is the electronics. I own three American made Fenders, two Strats and a Tele, all great guitars! But after 35 years of playing single-coil guitars, I'd forgotten how cool a crunchy hum-bucker could sound. You can still get the "Fender" single-coil sound when the selector switch is in the middle position, but now you also have a P90, a hum-bucker, a triple-bucker (fatter sounding than hum-bucker), and a combo of the P90 with single coil (3rd rail of the triple-bucker). I gigged this weekend and I've never sounded so versitile! I used P90 for rythyms and leads on older sings such as the Hollies' "Long Cool Woman," or Joe Walsh's "All Night Long." Switched to over-driven hum-bucker on classic rock, (i.e. ZZ Top "Sharp Dressed Man," or Beatles' "Revolution"). Still had the single coil swamp tone needed for Tony Joe White's "Polk Salad Annie." This may be a guitar priced for the beginner, but it has inspired this old dog!
There are no frills, such as locking tuners, roller nut, trem-setter or micro-tilt neck adjustment, so I gave her a 9, but the fit and finish is excellent. She was so close to perfectly set up, I was actually dumbfounded! She's a beauty, and a little screamer too!
At this price, to get an instrument that caused me to put away three others, each costing twice what the Marauder does, THAT'S AN AMAZING VALUE!

(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Now My Main Player

By Robert

from Houston, TX

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Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

I find myself really expanding my playing abilities with this thing. I can honestly tell you this is the sound I have heard in my head the last few years. If you like a more elegant and clear P90 sound, the Jazzmaster pickup is for you. The output of both pickups is moderate and it loves pedals. Trembucker balances the neck perfectly.. Oh.and it can do blues. Seriously. Blues. And not just serviceably either.
This guitar really has redefined my sound
Less bells and whistles than the Jazzmaster, Jaguar and Mustang but a completely different monster. 5 way switching fits my needs. The trem real loose but touch sensitive. The trembucker in the 2nd
position is very much like a single coil. The new hybrids that Fender has put out recently shows they are thinking outside the box.
Easily as good as any of my guitars not made in America. Body is nice, neck is comfortable and the whole guitar feels very solid. I love the full length scale. The lake placid blue is gorgeous. I really cant keep my hands off it. Pickups are pretty darn good for a made in China guitar. I, myself, was very surprised as I really had not thought about purchasing this until I played it. It plays REALLY well.

The thing does like to go out of tune when using the trem but a new set of Grovers can fix that. Also, the volume and tone are not very sensitive and at times there are noticeable drops when manipulating the volume knob.
Really a great value to the consumers. The mix of the pickups is perfect to me. It plays better than any of my MIM Fenders and Epiphones.

(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Modern Player Marauder Review

By Craig Dillon

from Austin

Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

Fit, finish, everything is perfect and comparable to guitars at more than double the price. Only thing is that they are such a hot commodity right now, good luck finding one in stock!!!!
I picked up the blue copy of this guitar last week and it's FANTASTIC! You can't tell from the photos, but the light blue color is a metal-flake job and really nice. The new triple-bucker pickup is fairly "hot" and sounds fantastic and the pearl pickguard and chrome trim really jump out!
Out of box I tuned 2 strings about 1/8 turn on the keys and was perfect. Intonation was perfect out of box and much better than any of the MIM Fenders I've seen when opened. Was missing the owners manual, but other than that was perfect (Fender customer service emailed me a copy). Frets all level, everything was perfect. Although I'm not typically a fan of products made in China, they seem to have got their quality issues addressed and for the price, you simply cannot beat this guitar. FAR better than any Epiphone I've seen and some of the best out-of-box quality I've seen.
Considering you can pick these up for $399.00 (usually with free shipping) and no sales tax when buying online, this deal cannot be beat - PERIOD. Whether you're a gigging musician or a living-room hobbyist (like me), you will not be disappointed!!!

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing guitar

By Hoot Blalock

from Cypress Inn, Tenn.

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Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

I like the narrow neck that it has, it has a narrower neck than a LesPaul, Fender Strat, or a Telecaster. I have 4 guitars each one of those cost 4 times as much as this one, and this one will out play and out sound any of those. The triple humbucker on the bridge is very hot. This guitar has improved my playing. To all professional musicians and amateurs by this guitar you will not regret it. If you are looking for a case the gator 546046 will fit it perfect.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pleasant Suprise

By TOM P

from Chicago

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Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

So far so good.
I was amazed how nice this guitar is. I got this from my wife for Christmas. My expectations were low and WOW! This thing looks great, feels, great, sounds great and was in tune and set up nicely right out of the box!
Fit and finish are nicer then my American Special.
can't beat it

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great guitar all around.

By Geezerdrummer

from Hammond Indiana

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Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

I believe this guitar is one of the best built, good looking, ease of playing guitars I've come across in 55 years. Maybe they can offer them in a few more color's, and put the model Marauder after the Fender Decal on the crown of the guitar.
Just got mine today. The first thing I noticed was how well they packaged the guitar. It took me 10 minutes to get it unpacked. The guitar looks great in the lake placid blue, and was hoping it played as good as it looked. I was very impressed of the Quality. It' seemed very well built that you would almost think it was built in the U.S.A. I plugged it in my Fender G Dec. The neck right off the bat was one of the nicer necks that I've played. I have small hands and it fit my hand's good. and all the different kinds of sounds. it's a all around good guitar for almost any kind of music. If your in the market for a solid body and solid built guitar, this is the guitar you want. Good job Fender for building a fine guitar, at a great price.
A very solid, great playing, Quality made guitar.
This guitar plays as good as a guitar priced 3x more.

(13 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Totally satisfied with this guitar!!!

By Emilio Gonzales

from Misawa Airbase, Japan

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Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

Given the sound of the MP-90 neck pickup, there is nothing more that I can ask for from this guitar...aside from hoping that someday Fender will consider bringing their entire build operation back to the states. I won't hold my breath. As for the Triplebucker, in person, it appears to be the same size as a regular humbucker. So, if you want something custom, there's room for that as well!
Allow me to start with the tone! The MP-90 on this thing is absolutely stealing the show! I thought the Triplebucker was going to be the hotness, but the MP-90 is FAT, ARTICULATE, BOLD, COLORFUL and WARM...I almost think they didn't even need to add a bridge pickup. It's that good, clean or dirty! This is a solid, relatively well-built guitar. It came out of the box nicely setup and ready to play. I love the slick feel of the neck on this guitar! I usually pull a new guitar from the box and immediately sand down the neck. As for this one, it doesn't give me that "stuck hand" sensation. The neck is glossy but has the feel of satin...weird, but in a good way. :}
After roughly 6 hours of play, I had to remove the knob plate and tighten the pots, they were starting to spin. No big deal, but not what I expected from an item with the Fender label. This is a detail that I can't help but think was due to where this guitar was built...China. Anywho, the paint is flawless and for the money, I guess we have to expect a couple of missed details.
For what I paid for this guitar, I'm quite satisfied with the build and ecstatic with the tone of the MP-90! The Triplebucker is actually less of a highlight than what I expected...I won't write it off completely, but I'm going to have to "dial it in" some. Also, it would've made more sense to wire the 5-way switch to be 4th position Humbucker and 5th position Triplebucker. I see that as a future mod.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

awesome guitar

By Taylor Hesselberg

from Wisconsin

Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

if you're kinda on the fence about this guitar, get off the fence. I guarantee you will love it. (unless, of course, you really need the whammy bar.)
this guitar is awesome. it's got all the pickup settings you need. the neck is really fast and the fit and finish is great. I only gave it a 8 because:

when you use the whammy bar it does not stay in tune well (problem with all similar vintage stratocaster-style tremolo bridges, not just this one. if you want to actually use the whammy bar more than occasionally get a floyd rose-equipped guitar), and it only comes with 3 springs in the back. I put another 2 springs in and tightened the claw to hardtail the guitar as I never use the whammy bar and it stays in tune just fine now. but I wish they had made the guitar in a hardtail version too... or at least came with all 5 springs.
everything about this guitar is good except for the whammy bar. but if you disable it anyway like me it doesn't matter. the hardware is nice, the pickups are hot, the finish is beautiful. this guitar doesn't feel or sound or look cheap at all.
this is a really good, pro quality guitar. it's not a toy, or a beginner's level instrument. this is a serious guitar. it just happens to be relatively cheap. who cares if it's made in China. this is one of the nicest guitars I've ever played. US-made is overrated anyway. this guitar is as good as any American-made guitar I've played. and when you can get a Fender guitar like this for less than half the price of a US-made Fender, the choice is obvious.

it's really just sad that we can't get US made stuff for this price. maybe then the economy wouldn't be as bad.

(7 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

You Get What You Pay For

By Nathan

from Mendocino, CA

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Pros

  • Good Pick Up
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

    I purchased this guitar hoping that I would get away with a steal like you sometimes can with MIM fender guitars. Unlike the MIM guitars which sometimes come "sweet", this MIC model came in terrible shape! My gripes are as follows:
    1) back plate was so poorly screwed in that one of the screws completely missed the wood and was in the trem cavity
    2) it absolutely refused to stay in tune. I literally had to tune it every couple of minutes.
    3) no matter how much i tried to adjust the trem to make it float (as it should), it would stay flat against the body. I tired adjusting the truss rod, bridge, and trem springs and nothing worked.
    Thus, my experience with the guitar was terrible. I felt compelled to write a review on this because I don't want people to be completely swayed by all of the positive reviews. Perhaps I was just unlucky but I think it is safe to assume that a Fender MIC is a risky purchase. The tones were actually kind of impressive but what is the point if it is unplayable? Stick with the MIA and MIJ Fenders if possible and MAYBE consider a MIM; don't let the tempting price tag of a MIC Fender lure you into a frustrating experience.

    (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Rock N Roll Marauder

    By David Joseph

    from Grand Rapids

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    Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

    Decent price for a high-quality axe.
    The Marauder rules. It can give you almost any sound you need with its pickup settings. The action is perfect. I recommend it.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Guitar.

    By GYPSYJAZZMAN

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • For The Price Not Many

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

    This is a great guitar for the money. I'm a Fender guy, and the triple bucker idea had me skeptical, but I guess a Fender sounds like a Fender. The tones you can get outta this pup are pretty extensive. The humbucking settings are not muddy, the middle neck and mid/neck in between are very spanky single coil sounds like the ones I'm used to. Who cares if its made in China..? Its a solid guitar.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    NOT just a BEGINNER'S axe!!

    By Stack

    from Saint John, NB, Canada

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Exceptionally Versatile
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Anything
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

    I have to admit... I took one look at the "Triplebucker" and thought "GIMMICKY!" But I thought the body looked cool so I picked it up. The action was a little higher than I was used to, but it didn't feel like it... the neck was silky smooth and very fast! But I was STILL hesitant about the triplebucker. I thought I'd plug it in though. HOLY TONE, Batman!!!

    The best way to describe the setup is that it's kinda like having a Strat with a MINI humbucker at the bridge, a mini single coil (think tele neck) in the middle, and a Jazzmaster in the bridge (which, contrary to popular belief, is NOT the same as a P-90... SIMILIAR, but not the same!) The sounds are Strat-like, but different... and (in my opinion) even BETTER!!

    Then I saw the price.... and, quite frankly, I was SHOCKED!! I have been a musician for 40 years and a pro for over 30. I have owned vintage Fenders and Gibsons worth thousands of dollars, and this guitar plays and sounds every bit as good as any of them, for a FRACTION of the price!! It has become my go to guitar and would be the one guitar I'd bring to a gig or the studio if I could only take one... yes, it is THAT GOOD!! It is EXCEPTIONALLY versatile and as well-made as any guitar I have ever played. Don't believe me?! GO TRY ONE....NOW!!

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Yes, get this one!

    By dangerdad!

    from Connecticut

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    Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

    When I first researched this instrument I saw 'Crafted in China' and was skeptical despite the good quality of the MexiFenders, which is just fine, BTW. They are what I use at gigs because I want to be able to beat on my guitars and not worry much about damage and replacement. They are just tools, after all. Treat those high end custom shop units as the works of art they are and just display or record with them

    You can't go wrong here and if this line continues this way, you may have a piece that will appreciate in value in the coming years.
    A triple bucker that switches to a standard humbucker or a single coil along with a P90 that can be used by itself or with the single coil: That's just about every PU configuration known to man in one instrument. Nice! Comes w/ trem, so that's covered, too. (Kinda useless on this guitar though, more on that in the quality section). A proper Fender neck. Total cool and unique retro look - you'll stand out because not everybody will be using these.
    The build quality is excellent. Frets are dressed w/o any hangover from the neck. The neck is C shaped and feels like any Strat. The PU's are a little less sonic than my Strats, but powerful enough through my Hot Rod and deliver well. The triplebucker sounds like a humbucker, but with some latent compression, really interesting. All the screws are properly seated and there's no stripping. The finish is up to the usual Fender standard.

    I gave an eight for quality because the bridge is really low end (sorry Squire) and will not work well for surf or dive bombing. It's got zero feel and forget about the tuning. Got to have a Floyd for proper whammy! I set mine up for .11 gauge strings and made a hardtail by adding an extra spring. A little lube on the synthetic nut and no tuning issues.

    The Koto wood body is pretty light and took a little getting used to, but it does play well.
    For the price point this is an excellent value. You get a well made guitar with a wide variety of features you can actually use on a regular basis. I'm quite impressed!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Unusual guitar but brilliant

    By dharmasteve

    from Dear old Blighty.

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

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        Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is made in China, probably in the factory that makes the exceptional Squier Classic Vibe Stratocasters. The guitar is Koto wood and relatively light. Finish is beautiful. Flawless. With a Jazzmaster at the Neck and the unique Triplebucker at the bridge the guitar is wired for 5 tones. The neck jazzmaster surprised me. I expected a stratocaster neck sound, which I love but experienced a fuller and creamier sound which I found impressive. Tonally it was very fluid, liquid yet forward. Not laid back, forward but not forceful. The triplebucker can be played as a single coil, humbucker or as the full triple. Again I am impressed by all the tones. The Humbucker and triplebucker sound is not like the tones in my Les Paul or Aria 335 TA50, but still very full indeed. The sound overall is very liquid and soulful. Really punches way above it's weight. If you are not a guitar snob, then audition this guitar you just may get a pleasant shock. Mine is a nice metallic Lake Placid blue and the finish is of a good quality. Doubt if this would satisfy a mad shredder, probably could do some metal, but for Blues, Hendrix, Clapton, and dreamy story telling leads it will sound wonderful. Tonally superb guitar.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        the tone i always wished fender had

        By Dan

        from lockport ny

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

            i've always loved fender. love the look, love the logo, love the retro-vibe that most fenders have. unfortunatly, i've never been really happy with the tone in most fenders. i'm a big fan of heavy, thick distortion with lots of growl, and all the strats i've ever owned (even the HSS) always sounded to thin/tinny/twangy to me. that is not the case in the marauder. i rolled my eyes when i first read in the description above that the triplebucker was "volcanic", but having played, it i have to say its not a bad description. this guitar has some serious heavy tone, while still having all that "retro fender cool" thats always attracted me to the brand. it should be noted that its a wider neck, like most fenders have. so if your a speed-metal junkie, and used to necks like ibanez, or jackson, this neck may feel wide, or even clunky to you. if your already used to strats and such, you should feel right at home. i'm definatly happy with my purchase, and look forward to many years of enjoying it

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Instant Classic! (a few cut corners)

            By Jason Murray

            from Geneva, IL

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Cheap Parts

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

              This is an amazing guitar. It's an incredibly unique tone monster that's got a great feel. If you're wondering how could Fender sell such a great guitar so cheaply, it's because they cut a few corners with cheap parts.

              ==CONS==

              - I almost laughed out loud when I saw the nut. It looks as if it's made of some type of baked clay. It's also incredibly difficult to replace because the bottom of it is glazed into the gloss finish.

              - The tuners are very cheap. They buzz a bit and do not hold tuning well.

              - The body shape is a bit goofy looking when it's strapped on. It's no wonder Fender was so reticent to release it back in the 60's. However, it is a classic 60's surf look so it's just a matter of taste.

              ==PROS==

              - The pickups sound fantastic. The variety of tones you can dial in between the two is insane. You get Jazzmaster, Strat, and Humbucker tones all in one guitar! The Triple-Bucker on it's own won't really wow you (it's just three single coils sitting together), but the way the single coils of the triple-buck combine with the Jazzmaster pickup is where the magic of this guitar lies. (The pickup selector is also very tight and perfect for the setup)

              - The neck is suprisingly cool. It's got a beautiful gloss finish on it that feels great. The headstock is one of the only Fender models to not have the model name on it and it actually makes it look very bold.

              - The Lake Placid Blue finish really pops with the white pearly pickguard and works great with the overall 60's look.

              - One of the cost cutting measures in making the guitar was going with "Koto" wood. Chinese instruments are made of a very cheap and light-weight wood that Fender is nicknaming "Koto" after the Chinese instrument of the same name. Even though it's inexpensive, I actually really like it and think it adds a lot of character to the guitar.

              -The guitar is made in the Chinese Fender Factory and from the reviews I've read it seems like they're doing a great job sending these out with as little defects as possible.

              - Despite the other reviews I've read, I actually really like the bridge so far. It handles just like a Strat. I can see how agressive players might have a problem with the strings slipping out of the saddles, but on a guitar this inexpensive, it handles pretty well.

              ==FINAL THOUGHTS==

              Judging from how long these have been on backorder, it's safe to say that it's a smashing success. It was a brilliant idea to resurrect the old aborted Marauder design from the 60's and update it with some new and inexpensive ideas. I'll bet that in a year or two you'll see an updated version of this guitar for a little bit more money that will replace some of the cheaper parts I've mentioned.

              The sheer variety of tones and cheap price assures that this guitar will be a cult classic, especially in the indie rock scene. It looks like this guitar will fit in nicely with the legacy of other Fenders that broke the mold and lied dormant until they became appreciated by players who couldn't afford the old classics.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fender Marauder Modern Player

              By Garrett Brown

              from MA

              Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

              High quality, low price, and a great sound.
              Triplebucker, humbucker, single coil, combo, & soapbar - all the sounds I want. Whammy bar. Really beautiful color that changes in lighting. Wish I didn't have to deal with the floating tremolo bridge, and that there were wider color varieties available.
              Taking into account the pricepoint and that it's made in China, I really am astounded at the quality. I read many reviews positively commenting on this and it's really true. The quality is right up there with other much nicer guitars and better then some of the other Fender lines. I played some of the pawn shop series and was not impressed with the quality. But I have played three of the Modern Player guitars and all of them were very impressive quality. My only reservation is that I have gotten used to locking tuners, but these tuners are very nice for what they are. I didn't have to set anything up out of the box and only had to tune it (barely) and it sounded great. I took the .009's off and put .011's which drastically changed the tension of the bridge. I am going to have to add a spring (there are 3), get heavier springs, or drop down to .010's I think - but that is only b/c I like to have the bridge more flush with the body.
              To me it's a no brainer. $400 or less for a Fender guitar that looks classic, but is unique, and sounds fantastic.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic Guitar!

              By fischman

              from Cincinnati, Ohio

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

                Just got the Marauder so I haven't had a lot time playing it. I got this guitar to provide a different darker sound than my tele/jag/strats/jazz. Yes, I'm a Fender guy and this fits in nicely with my other guitars. It can do the strat quack and of course with the tribucker it can get that deeper humbucker sound. Being MIC I was curious on how it would compare to my MIJ Squiers and MIM guitars. The neck on this was the most impressive part of the guitar. I was amazed how well it was finished. There is no fret edge snags anywhere. It's new so I don't know how well the electronics will hold up but if the guts are as good as the rest of the guitar it will go a long way. The workmanship even surpasses my MIMs. Quite impressive. Try one out if you get a chance.

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Neat Guitar

                By Edman

                from Florida

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                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming

                    Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

                    This is the third modern player that I've bought. I knew that Craft in China means quality. I've seen it in the Squires and now that Fender has let them rightfully put the fender name on the headstock proofs it! This guitar has a great range of sound much different from normal strats and teles but that's what I find appealing. Quality is far better than MIM SWEET NECK. I get some hum from the P-90 at hi volumes but other than that it came perfect right out of the box. At gigs people are turning their heads they don't see these everyday!!!

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Loved by me and my friends.

                    By Blistertrailer

                    from Oxford uk

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                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Rock Concerts
                      • School Bands
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

                      Was looking to get a cheap end Gibson when i saw this, and boy am I glad I did.
                      Pickups: they sound good in all positions the triple as a triple makes for a nice rhythm or saturated crunchy metal sound, the neck " jazzmaster" pick up is hot too.
                      I have described this guitar as the ultimate smashing pumpkins guitar to my friends, due to the vast array of great sounds you can get, all my friends would love to get one.
                      I have a jazzmaster and a mex strat and the build quality and smoothness of feel and finish is far superior on the marauder. Seated playing is comfortable compared to say an sg where the scale of the neck feels like your stretching your arm and the bottom cut away and body/neck position feels more natural to easily access the higher frets.
                      The setup out of the box was superb and made for an effortless pick up and play, I was awe-struck too when I first saw it, the metallic finish for the lake placid blue works really well.
                      They seem to have used a new design for the bridge as its not blocks but a wavy bit of metal to form the individual string bridge, the tremolo looks like it is specifically designed to be flat against the body (probably cause most people wouldn't need the trem bar anyway) but I have found myself using it as it is very easy to control but only to dive slightly, ( authentic surf twang).
                      I play mainly alt rock but my friends who played it found it suited their styles too ( heavy rock, and jazz.).
                      It's so good I'd be tempted to get another in the black.

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