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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

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    FenderModern Player Marauder Electric Guitar
     
    4.6

    (based on 41 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (33)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good feel (21)
    • Fun to play (20)
    • Good tone (19)
    • Good pick up (16)
    • Solid electronics (11)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming (17)
      • Practicing (14)
      • Recording (11)
      • Rock concerts (9)
      • Small venues (9)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (17), Professional musician (8)

      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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      5.0

      Must Play to Appreciate!!

      By vance353

      from Mahopac, New York

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Great quality

      Cons

      • Whammy bar

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Just Playing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

      This is a great guitar for the money! I own a bunch of american made Fenders and some MIM's and this guitar feels just right. Fender got something right with this little gem! I put graphite saddles on as well as Gotoh locking adjustable tuners and the guitar is rock solid....it really stays in tune. I wish it came in more colors but I do love the blue. This is my go to guitar as opposed to some of my American guitars. It sounds awesome going through my Mesa Boogie amps.....it has the best tone!

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      4.0

      A Different Fender

      By JmEddie

      from Midwest

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • School Bands

        Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

        Let's be honest, if you are used to playing high-end guitar's this is never going to be in your line-up or main rotation, save for the novelty of it being an unusual Fender. That said, it's a good little guitar and would be perfectly fine for practicing, jamming, and for those performers on a budget. I like it just becaue it is a different looking Fender. The build is decent, and the componenets seem to be of good quality. The pickups are strange, but kind of cool. The tremelo seems a bit short ranged, but maybe that can be adjusted. I got this on a cyber monday deal so the price was fair, and I will be keeping it.

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        5.0

        Great Fender at good price

        By mv

        from Moore, OK

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

            Hard to beat quality for the price. No upgrades needed imo.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Unique, fun, fender

            By gypsyjazzman

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Noisy Pickups

            Best Uses

            • Country
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

            I really like this guitar. I got the black one, looks good. The triplebucker is great. The bottom position is the two bottom coils, sounds like a hot mini humbucker. The triple coil position is interesting, still cuts through but not as sharp. You can get this thing to sound like any sort of fender you can think of. I use it for mainly country, blues, and funk, or when I might need a single coil sound my other guitars can't deliver. Of course its noisy with basically having three single coils stacked, but it doesn't bother me too much unless I'm on a gig with a lot of neon lights or bar TVs around. Even then, I still manage if I need the specific sound. Overall great for the price, and a guitar that makes everyone go "what in the world is THAT?!"

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            (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.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              FANTASTIC SURPRISE

              By Witt

              from Pine Bluffs, WY

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

                I started playing guitar in the 1960's. Not one time have I bought a new guitar without having to do professional setup and tuning to get the instrument to be correctly tuned. This guitar surprised me and my fellow band member the day we opened the shipping box. It was setup perfectly right from the factory ....... simple tune adjustment was all that was needed ...... and the sound was FANTASTIC ...... the strings were perfectly aligned to the frets ........ and it became a favorite to play immediately. Now to try their Fender Modern Telecaster ...... which I just received.

                It is a pleasure to do business with MF and they stand behind their products very well. MF does honor their promised satisfaction guarantee and will always provide fast service of stocked items.

                Thank you MF we appreciate all you do for us Muscicans.

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                5.0

                Low cost does not mean cheap instrument

                By Badrock Canyon band

                from Bigfork, Montana

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                      Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

                      I won't go into the many tone variations this guitar is capable of since many other players have covered that subject well. I will state the fact of high quality craftsmanship present on this instrument. Every aspect of what a professional musician is looking for, and hoping for, is found in the manufacturing process of the Fender Marauder. Beautifullymade neck and frets, trimed perfectly. The finish is smooth and bright. The two control knobs are nice, not four or six. The new design pickups are awesome.

                      I agree with other reviewers that this may be one to collect and have in your arsonal. Any musician will have preference for strings and personal set up, as I do, so that is not part of a manufacturing process review. If I had only one guitar to take to a gig, due to flight restrictions or any other reason, this would be it.

                      Fender must have had critical quality control personel overseeing every aspect of this first China production. There have been several Mexico guitars made well, after some sad trials, but they didn't want this new guitar to start out as just another axe.

                      Hope my opinion is helpful to many future purchasers. MF has been my main supplier of gear for 35 years. Thanks Musicians Friend.

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                      5.0

                      A surprisingly Great guitar

                      By Tucknfoldman

                      from West Palm Beach, Florida

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                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Good price
                      • Good Tone
                      • Looks Different And Still
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                      • Made By Fender
                      • Made in China
                      • Not A Shredder

                      Best Uses

                      • Blues And Classic Rock
                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Rock Concerts
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

                      First I love Fender Guitars and Strats, tele, Jazz, precisions, and jazzmasters so much. I own some fenders. And this is a great addition. I am not big on China and the exploitation but I wanted this guitar and I got lucky.
                      It plays great Sounds Great and looks great. The developer did a great job on this AX. This guitar is very comforatble to hold and very varied in tone and music possibilities. There are people who will retire their strat for this instrument.
                      No chance this is not a substitue for a strat or tele, It is the new/old idea which is well thought out and executed. It is a great in addition to the fender lineup.
                      Fender you design great guitars Kudos
                      Now lets get your customer service department business trip in order!!!!
                      Just copy MF and you will improve!

                      PS Buy this guitar it is groovy

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                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      My strat goes in the closet

                      By Guerin

                      from Chelsea, MI

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                            Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

                            Worth many times the selling price. The neck tone is much fuller and creamier than that of my US-built strat. The triple-humbucker screams. Distinctly Fender sound, and I mean that in the best way. Set-up was exceptional right out of the box. Can't believe how lovely it looks.

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                            5.0

                            Best cheaper guitar ive ever had

                            By incubud

                            from WA

                            About Me Experienced

                            Pros

                            • Good Feel
                            • Good Pick Up
                            • Good Tone
                            • Light Body
                            • Lots of Tone Options
                            • Smooth feel

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Jamming
                              • Practicing
                              • Recording

                              Comments about Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar:

                              Maybe I got one of the "sweet spot" ones (or whatever the term is) but this is the best guitar ive had for the price and ive had a lot of knock off/cheap guitars.

                              Its light which I now believe is what helps most guitars stay in tune. Yeah i'm sure other guitars in the thousands will stay in tune whilst giving you back problems if you want to go there but this one's light (made of a Japanese wood called Koto if i'm not mistaken) and it's just an all around sweet guitar (I will definitely get another Modern Player series guitar if its made of this light Koto wood, just so I can have other diverse guitars that will stay in tune, be light, and still be quality.

                              Next the whammy bar... my favorite so far on all the guitars i've played, my dads Danelectro although its one of my favorite guitars, the tremolo is too stiff for me. I have a PRS Santana SE (early black model) that has a slide-right-in whammy that was a little too dive bomb-y for me (and it would never come back in tune) BUT this beauty has the perfect middle ground AND stays in tune!

                              Lastly its got a ton of tone options that all sound pretty good, and its nice and smooth when your sliding up and down the neck, no too long of frets cutting you up when your sliding around. Finally its odd how when bending I don't get that typical gritty feeling im used to when doing so on rosewood fret boards, its almost like Maple.

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