Gibson Marauder Guitar (1975-1982)
When gibson introduced the gibson grabber bass in 1975 they also introduced the gibson marauder , this guitar was intended to coincide and compliment the gibson grabber bass which are very much alike lookwise and were constructed both with bolt on necks .
The grabber bass was very popular during the seventies , it was the first bolt on neck bass with a sliding pick up which gave it a fender like bright tone . Modified versions of this bass were used by gene simmon from kiss and john entwistle from the who .
However ,the gibson marauder guitars never became well established on the market and rumors are that gibson actually never intended to make it an actual gibson production model .
Some guitar players bought them because they were less expensive , they were workhorses , and made great project guitars .
Modified versions of the gibson marauder were used on several occasions by thurston moore ( lead guitarist for sonic youth) ....while other stars like paul stanley and ace frehley from kiss made it a ritual to play them and then smash them on stage .
The gibson marauder was introduced in 1975 it was 12 3/4" wide , it has a les paul shaped single cutaway maple or mahogany body (some with alder bodies) ,
humbucking pick up in the neck position for rhythm and a single blade pickup in the bridge position at a slant for solo , large pickguard which covers
the entire upper body , unbound fingerboard (rosewood) , dot inlays and a triangular round top spear shaped headstock like the grabber basses ( see pic ), 2 knobs with a rotary tone selector switch which created an interesting tone frequency from the 2 pickups , and were made in nautural and black finishes . Discontinued in 1982
In my opinion the gibson marauder is not a legendary gibson guitar and are not sought after by collectors because they dont have the characteristics and sound of a true traditional gibson guitar ,
they were made to avoid expensive price tags and were experiment guitars that were built with single coil pickups to compete against competitors like fender who dominated the single coil pickup market during that time .
In 1976 Gibson also introduced the gibson marauder custom which featured a three way switch on the cutaway bout , bound fingerboard , block inlays on fingerboard , and were made in tobacco sunburst finishes . Discontinued in 1977 .
In addition, during the same time In 1976 the gibson S-1 originated which was very similar to the gibson marauder but with 3 single coil pickups . ( endorsed by ron wood from the rolling stones )
Vintage Gibson Price Value For 2007 :
1975 - 1982 > $500 to $700 ( gibson marauder )
1976 - 1977 > $600 to $800 ( marauder custom )
Avg Upward Trend Of 4% a Year since 2000
You can find Gibson Marauder For Sale on ebay if your lucky, seen some great deals on several occasions, however they don't have them all the time .
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