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Fender Modern Player Marauder - Lake Placid Blue Reviews

4.5 stars based on 4 customer reviews
  • from Chicagoland October 20, 2011Music Background:
    Player, collector, gearhead

    Fender modern player Marauder review

    First off I'm 57 and a player collector. Lots of Gibson & Fender guitars. Just got the modern player Marauder. Shipped double boxed by Sweetwater. NOT supplied with gigbag but very well packed. The fit and finish is perfect. The exact same quality as the Japan built Mustand Special I just bought and better than MIM production. Finish is flawless, neck is super straight, great gloss finish like my Mustang, good color and feel to the rosewood fretboard, no fretting out or buzzing and frets feel medium jumbo to me. Just right. Tuners are tight and accurate. No slop. Nut cut perfectly. Feels like a Pleked neck. Neck pickup is toneful, jazzy and sweet. Bridge triple bucker is very good with a very"Fender" sound and reminds me of cross between Strat & Tele. Five position selector gets all the right sounds. Volume & tone controls very progressive. Tone control is NOT an on off switch. Most impressed with neck pocket! Super tight and accurate. Far better than an MIM I have or have had. Now don't get me wrong, I am a buy American guy and back that up with my purchases. But this guitar raises the bar for everybody and Fender is producing top notch products at a way affordable price.

  • from Falls Church, VA May 24, 2012Music Background:

    Amazing Guitar for the Price

    I received my Marauder in the lake placid blue color a little over a month ago, and I couldn't be happier with it. Fender kept pushing back the shipment date on these, which was annoying, but the final product was well worth the wait. Out of the box, the guitar was set up extremely well. The action was perfect, and I was instantly amazed at all of the great tones I could get from the various pickup settings. I also noticed right away that the guitar stayed in tune, no matter how much I bended the strings. The volume and tone knobs work as intended, and I cannot find a single issue with the guitar from an operational or cosmetic standpoint. The neck is very playable and silky smooth. The only minor issue I have is that the whammy bar knocks the guitar out of tune quite easily, so I have to use a little finesse whenever I use it. I don't use whammy bars very often, so that isn't a major issue for me, and I just take it off the guitar.
    Overall, this is an excellent guitar for guitar players at any level. I can say this as I've been playing for 22 years. I own several guitars, some of which are much more expensive than the Marauder, but I feel that this guitar is as good of quality and deserves as much respect as any of them. For a guitar this price that is made in China, I am really blown away by the quality and craftsmanship of it. I expect to keep this guitar for the rest of my life and enjoy countless hours playing it. By the way, I want to thank Sweetwater for doing such a great job at providing excellent customer service with this guitar purchase. The company has gained another loyal customer.

  • from Dallas, TX USA October 18, 2012Music Background:
    Hobbyist, Worship Musician

    Great Tones and Good Quality

    For a guitar in this price range the Modern Player Marauder is great. If you want traditional Fender tones with a unique look this has you covered and then some. Being that is is manufactured in China I was pleasantly surprised by the build quality. Finish is great, neck is nice and straight, action is good and the setup out of the box was spot on (thanks sw).

  • from Lewiston, NY November 19, 2011Music Background:
    Studio Owner, Pro musican, Guitar collector.

    Fender Modern Player Marauder

    I almost sent it back, because it was made in china. All my guitars are all American made, and are mostly G&L's, Fenders & Martin's. So I decided to plug it in. I first tuned it, then put it through my Vox AC 15 T/B and then my Jack Sherman (Red Hot Chili Peper Guitarest) Moded Amp (Peveay Clasic 30 in name only ). Let me tell you boy's & Girl's this baby smokes. From the coolest fat sounding Jazz tones to soul melting hot molton metal sounds. So you guest right, it's a keeper. So now I'll just cut the nut a wee bit deeper to about .07 from the frets restring with Thomastic 10-48, tune, ajust the neck, retune and set intonation. As a kicker, the build quaility on this guitar is super. The fret ends are polished nicely, no finger snags & the five way slider offers up some very cool and interesting sounds. The tone control is very nice, not just a treable or bass ajust, but the tone control is just that. It adds great color to the many sounds it offers up. One other thing, I'm cutting an oak block to kill the trem. And an other thing, the Koto Wood used for the body, is very tonefull and Eco friendly as well.
    Aj Zbop

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