Vintage & Rare > Original 1978 Gibson Marauder - Very Rare - Natural Finish - Inc. Gibson USA Hard Case

Original 1978 Gibson Marauder - Very Rare - Natural Finish - Inc. Gibson USA Hard Case (3RI15668)


The Gibson Marauder was produced from 1974 to 1979 by Gibson. It was designed to compete with guitars made by Fender and was discontinued with fewer than 6,400 ever made.

The Marauder came at a difficult time for American guitar makers: sales in the early 1970s were down, and there was significant competition from Japanese competitors. It was Gibson's attempt to break into the single coil pickup, bolt-on neck guitar market dominated by Fender. In cooperation with Bill Lawrence, who had joined Gibson in 1972 and had already produced the L6-S, the Marauder was developed to compete with Fender, and had a pickup layout reminiscent of the Fender Telecaster, though in fact it had two humbucker pickups.

The Gibson Marauder features a contoured single cutaway Les Paul-shaped body, and a bolt on maple neck with a headstock similar to the Flying V's. Marauders were made with alder, maple, or mahogany bodies. The fretboard was produced both in the traditional Gibson rosewood, or the more Fender-like maple, with twenty-two frets. Most had dot markers, though some may have had trapezoid.

The Gibson Marauder also features custom-designed Bill Lawrence pickups sealed in clear epoxy. The guitar has a regular-sized humbucker pickup in the neck position and a small humbucker, in a blade style resembling a single coil, was mounted at an angle by the bridge (Telecaster-style). This arrangement resembles the Fender Telecaster Custom. The resulting sound was closer to the Fender sound than that of most Gibson guitars, with higher frequencies than regular Gibsons.

Early Marauders have a three-way toggle switch on the treble side of the upper bout of the body to turn on either one or both pickups. In 1976, a rotary potentiometer was introduced which allowed a range of blends between the two pickups. All Gibson Marauders have Schaller made "Harmonica" ("tune-o-matic" style) bridges and the standard Gibson stopbar tailpiece. They have enclosed "Gibson Deluxe" tuners, and typical Gibson strap buttons.

Overall, this Vintage Original 1978 Gibson Marauder is in Excellent Condition and is very rare with fewer than 6,400 ever made. It is everything you would expect from a Vintage Gibson which is close to 40 years old. We currently have it for sale at our Retail Shop, so feel free to visit us and see it for yourself.

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