How Fender Resurrected the Ultra-Rare Marauder Offset

See a video outlining how Fender brought back the abandoned mid-60s model, this time with a built-in delay circuit.
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Though nowhere near as successful as the Stratocaster or Telecaster, the Jazzmaster and Jaguar guitars have always given Fender solid offset success, initially finding favor upon their introduction in the late 50s and early 60s with surf guitarists and - decades later - with many 90s grunge and alt-rock heroes. 

That doesn't mean, however, that every Fender offset design from that era was a keeper.

In 1964 and 1965, Fender developed the Marauder, an experimental offset design with notoriously loud pickups. The first incarnation of the Marauder never made it to production, while another stab at the guitar a couple years later never made it past the prototype stage.

Now though, more than half a century later, the guitar has been resurrected by the Fender Custom Shop and one of its Master Builders, Carlos Lopez. Fender documented the fascinating, and quite complex, build process of the 21st century Marauder in a new video, which you can watch above.  

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To build the new Marauder, Lopez deconstructed and scanned one of the original prototypes and made CAD files for every single part of the instrument. The guitar's most notable new feature, its built-in delay circuit, was included by special request of Delta Spirit singer/guitarist Matthew Logan Vasquez.

The delay circuit itself was provided to Lopez by Fender's in-house pedal guru, Stan Cotey. The circuit was then installed underneath the tone wheels and slider on the upper horn.

"It was a whole different guitar from what I was originally planning to make," Lopez said. "It was a challenge and I wanted to take that challenge." 

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