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Throughout its history, Fender has always made a special point of welcoming new players to the family by offering entry-level instruments of remarkable style and substance (such as the Duo-Sonic, Mustang and Musicmaster models), with great sound, ...
Paul Banks plays a Fender Modern Player Marauder Electric Guitar in a Lake Placid Blue finish, with Rosewood Fretboard. These photos are from a live performance at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas (Sept 30, 2016). In this particular performance he's playing alongside [RZA](http://equipboard.com/pros/rza) in the group [Banks & Steelz](http://equipboard.com/band/banks-steelz).more
Throughout its history, Fender has always made a special point of welcoming new players to the family by offering entry-level instruments of remarkable style and substance (such as the Duo-Sonic, Mustang and Musicmaster models), with great sound, classic looks, solid performance and eminent affordability. The Modern Player series continues that great my-first-Fender tradition, with thoroughly modern features and several distinctively unconventional new takes on Fender's most-revered instruments—all with outstandingly attainable value.
In addition to heralding the return of a fabled and seldom-heard Fender name from the 1960s, the Modern Player Marauder is one of the most distinctive new guitars in the family, uniquely marked by a new body style, Modern Player Jazzmaster neck pickup and volcanic-sounding three-coil Fender Triplebucker bridge pickup. Other features include a koto body, C-shaped maple neck, rosewood fretboard with 22 jumbo frets, 5-way pickup switching with lower horn blade selector switch, 4-ply aged white pearloid pickguard, Jazz Bass-style control knobs, vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge, vintage-style tuners and nickel/chrome hardware.
In the guitar world, it can be very hard to get over the "Made in China" or "Made in Korea" labels on the back of headstocks. This guitar opened my eyes. When Fender released their modern player line, one of these guitars popped up at my local Sam Ash. I picked it up and immediately fell in love with it. And I also fell in love with the price tag.
I was gifted this guitar on my 16th birthday. It was shipped to my house and came out of the box perfectly set up. I have not set up the guitar since I purchased it and it is just starting to need to be set up. 4 years later.
The neck profile is very comfortable. This neck is home to me. The slim C profile is perfect for practicing. The guitar features two pickups, A jazzmaster neck pickup and a Triplebucker. OH! Triplebucker?? Whats that? The bridge pickup is three blade single coils wired together. And as an added bonus the guitar features a 5 way pickup selector. This allows me to use the triple bucker as a humbucker, a triple bucker, or a single coil with just a the flip of the switch. You also can combine the single coil from the triplebucker and the Jazzmaster pickup which gives you strange strat like in-between sounds. And of course you can play the neck pickup only on its own. I have obviously modified the guitar like I do a majority of my instruments. I replaced the cheap minipots with full sized CTS pots and have added an orange drop cap and treble bleed mod on the volume pot. This has really opened the guitar up to its true potential. I find that the humbucker sounds like a Firebird mini hum more than a PAF style humbucker. The triplebucker sounds like a fat strat. The single coil on its own sounds like a tele. The only issue with the pickups I have is that as you move more into the middle on the switch I find that there is a clear drop in volume. Other than that, this guitar is probably my most played, may it be practicing or at lessons.
While it may have been one of the cheapest Fenders at the time of its arrival, this guitar captured my attention with the beautiful tone of the neck jazzmaster pickup. I just remember shopping for a guitar, and picking this one up at a music store and plugging it into a Deluxe Reverb and being blown away by the clarity and warmth of that neck pickup. The fact that it has a humbucker within the triplebucker bridge pickup, was the nail in the coffin. I did some set up to mine, adjusting the trem for minimal friction and best return to pitch, and it is pretty stable. The trem arm is really terrible, as it creaks and flops around. I really wish it was a push-in one, since the threads at the end of the travel are kind of thrashed. With a simple bridge height adjustment, it is incredibly playable. The neck is jaw-dropping, and the vintage tint really brings out the subtle, occasional flame and bird's eye. It is a little on the thin side for me unfortunately. The pickups sound great, but when switching between the humbucker and the neck pickup, the bridge is dark enough that it might disappear from the mix if your sound is geared towards the single coil tones already. That being said, since it has 500k pots, it is a really bright and hot on the single coil sounds, versus a strat or tele. The pots are reasonable, but could use a volume kit. One last quibble, is that in position 2, (neck and bridge single coil), it is not hum canceling. I should just mention, the body. It is extremely comfortable, standing or especially sitting. It looks similar to a Jaguar or Jazzmaster, but it is smaller and sleeker, meaning it fits in normal cases. Win. Aside from some minor hardware eccentricities, which all can be solved cheaply and quickly, this is a fantastic guitar for the money, if you can find one now, and it truly is a great guitar period. Great playing, great sounding, and amazingly comfortable. This is my first, and main axe. I rarely leave home without it, and it's the one I'll never sell.
This is an awesome guitar as this isn't a regular Fender such as the legendary Stratocaster or Telecaster for example. It has a solid body with all the swiftness and quality from a true Fender instrument with an exclusive visual.