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jacobass

Greece

JC
Aug 27th, 2005 04:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Fender Marauder guitar went into the electric guitar scene in the mid-'60s. This instrument was an unsuccesful attempt to make an electric solid body guitar with the pickups discreetly hidden underneath the pickguard. A certain Quilla H. Freeman had this idea to put four Jazzmaster (or Jaguar) pickups into a discreet place under the pickguard's surface. Bad luck! Few months later, there were lots of weak signals and buzzes from the pickups and this led to a dispute between Freeman and CBS about this ubiquitous patent, according to Forrest White, then electric guitar and amp production manager at CBS-owned Fender during that period. Only 8 Marauders were produced, with 4 of these instruments featuring slanted frets. A second prototype, this time with three visible Jaguar pickups, was made in 1966. The Marauder project sank soon afterwards, as none of these guitars actually went into general production.

IPLAYLOUD
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Aug 27th, 2005 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If I can ever get onto my PC (AGHHH!!) I'll put up a link of a Jaguar with Marauder guts.

Peegoo
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Aug 28th, 2005 11:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Another cool thing about the Marauder was it actually appeared in that year's catalog...that's how confident Fender was that the Marauder would be a popular instrument.

BZZZT!

jacobass

Greece

JC
Aug 29th, 2005 12:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Re-issuing the Marauder is a nice thing. Note that this guitar would be just fun to be a cheap Japanese Squier version than a pricey USA-made Custom Shop model. Otherwise, a Custom Shop Marauder could be more attractive as a double-neck guitar, with a double Jaguar/Bass VI body, three Jaguar pickups on the guitar side and two Jazzmaster pickups on the baritone side, as well as a Jaguar/Jazzmaster guitar neck on the treble side and a Bass VI baritone neck on the bottom. Plus a guitar selector switch like the Doublecaster as a bonus! I suppose that Art Esparza (who had built the Doublecaster guitar) will be very proud to make a double-neck Marauder with white neck binding, pearloid block inlays and slanted frets as an one-off request....

69tele
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'78 Music Master en route....
Aug 29th, 2005 02:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

here go you Iplay loud ...

your pic !

crispy goodness
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Aug 31st, 2005 11:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Quilla Freeman (or "Porky", as he was also known), also helped come up with the pickups in the Mustang and Duo-Sonic II range. He later tried selling the hidden pickup idea to Rickenbacker, but it didn't work there, either.

JAGNUT

France

Rogntudju
Sep 1st, 2005 01:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi guys,

If you want to see a nice Marauder example, enjoy :

http://www.apinkdream.org/viewtopic.php?t=4591

This guitar was sold by Virtual Vintage Guitar(s ?) in 2003 or 2005. This is always nice to see these "beast" and that some people haven't forgotten it !

By the way, I'll also send this link to the "Jazzmaster / Jaguar / Bass VI" section because after all, this is an offset guitar...

PS : I'm not the pround owner...

-Jagnut

emckenrick
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Annapolis, MD USA

Mary Ann or Ginger, Mary Ann or Ginger,
Dec 29th, 2005 06:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's the pic from the Fender '65 full color catalog.
Enjoy
Eyre

Fender Marauder

emckenrick
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Annapolis, MD USA

Mary Ann or Ginger, Mary Ann or Ginger,
Dec 29th, 2005 07:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And here's the description from the same catalog.
Eyre

Marauder Description

IPLAYLOUD
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Dec 29th, 2005 09:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Marauder with a Trem...imagine how thin the wood would have been between the pickups and trem cavity!
This is Marauder #1, which looked as if they were ready to sell.
#2 was a wacky animal, some prototypes having slanted frets and a Starcaster headstock.
There were protos with 4 pickups in a Strat body, and hidden pickups in a Jaguar with a hidden tremolo in the body...it had a button to push on the pickguard to lower the bridge.

Just a few of the off-beat things they made. Leo made a Mustang-based electric BANJO for Eddie Peabody!


DarrelT

Mandeville, LA

The George Jetson Lawn Dart Club
Dec 29th, 2005 10:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Can anyone read the patent numbers off of the description from the previous post? Or a better scan?

mjet260
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... some of us are looking to the stars.
Dec 29th, 2005 10:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I read the numbers as:

25,726
2,960,900
2,714,348
3,143,028


mjet260
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Czech Republic

... some of us are looking to the stars.
Dec 29th, 2005 10:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm batting .500 so far with my guesses:

25,726 - Window Blinds
2,960,900 - Fender Guitar (ding ding ding!)
2,714,348 - Toaster
3,143,028 - Truss Rod/Neck Design (ding ding ding!)

DarrelT

Mandeville, LA

The George Jetson Lawn Dart Club
Dec 29th, 2005 11:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

25,728 - Stringed Musical Instrument
(I haven't seen this one before.)
2,960,900 - Guitar
2,714,348 - Automatic Toaster
3,143,028 - Adjustable Neck Construction

Click on the "Images" button at the top of the page in the link. You'll need a *.tif file viewer for your browser.

RE25,728

(This message was last edited by DarrelT at 11:11 AM, Dec 29th, 2005)

DarrelT

Mandeville, LA

The George Jetson Lawn Dart Club
Dec 29th, 2005 11:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I thought the toaster was a nice touch, btw.

emckenrick
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Annapolis, MD USA

Mary Ann or Ginger, Mary Ann or Ginger,
Dec 29th, 2005 12:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's a close up of the patent #'s
Eyre

Patent #'S

(This message was last edited by emckenrick at 12:35 PM, Dec 29th, 2005)

DarrelT

Mandeville, LA

The George Jetson Lawn Dart Club
Dec 29th, 2005 12:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

2,714,348 - Automatic Toaster
should have been
Patent 2,741,146 Tremola Device for Stringed Instruments

mjet260
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Czech Republic

... some of us are looking to the stars.
Dec 29th, 2005 12:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Too bad there isn't a tremolo device that can make toast. ;-)

mjet260
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Czech Republic

... some of us are looking to the stars.
Dec 29th, 2005 12:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So it's just the standard Strat trem. Not many mysteries revealed!

(This message was last edited by mjet260 at 12:46 PM, Dec 29th, 2005)

mjet260
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Czech Republic

... some of us are looking to the stars.
Jan 1st, 2006 06:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Happy 2006, Marauder fans!

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