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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

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FenderModern Player Marauder Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

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

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 14 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.

(12 of 13 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

(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 17 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

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    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.

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