Unlike the Les Paul models, the Marauder was produced in relatively small numbers, mostly due to the lesser popularity versus the set neck Les Paul models. The Marauder was launched in 1974 and remained in production until 1979; being replaced by the Gibson Sonex series around 1980. This Gibson type guitar was initially produced at the Kalamazoo plant, but gradually production was transferred to the newer Nashville plant. The Marauder, along with the Gibson Grabber Bass were Gibson’s mid-seventies budget guitar models; still a Gibson, and not cheap, but certainly not their lowest price electric; though there was a more up-market version, the Marauder Custom,
The guitar sports a body shape rather like a Les Paul, but has a bolt-on neck. The body and neck are made from poplar wood and hard maple and the instrument is finished in clear satin lacquer. There are phased tone settings on the Marauder’s selector switch via a chicken head knob. The pick ups are Bill Lawrence design with the front pickup is similar to the Super Humbucker with small additional magnets reinforcing and directing the field, while the bridge pickup has a single, iron-cored coil, with a magnet below and iron strips from the lower magnet pole. The fast, easy-action neck is made from Canadian maple. The fingerboard is made from maple with dot inlays and the distinctive peghead headstock is of “Flying V-series” design.