Marauder Custom Guitar

Munson Marauder
Munson Marauder – Ash body with Bare Naked finish

Proudly British

The marauder custom shop guitar is a re-imagining of the classic off-set J-style featuring lighter and more resonant wood and hand wound pickups which give this instrument a distinctive tone. Like the inspiration for its name, the RAF adopted B-26 American twin engine bomber, the marauder will do the heavy lifting in any situation. With its twin pickups and a distinct shape, the marauder adapts to any situation, whether on stage, in the studio or jamming at home.

Made in Britain
The marauder is designed and crafted by our luthiers right here in Norfolk, Great Britain. 
Royal Air Force B-26 flying over Banja Luka during World War II
Royal Air Force B-26 flying over Banja Luka during World War II
File:Martin Marauder ExCC.jpg. (2015, January 14). Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.

So what’s in the box?

Marauder custom guitar view
Munson Marauder in Forest Teal

With so many choices there is no standard specification for the marauder. You start with a tried and tested platform and configure it specifically for you. We highly recommend you head over to the configurator and explore the options for yourself.

Build your marauder custom guitar

Standard Specifications – Marauder Custom Guitar

There are some specifications that come with this model as standard:

  • Number of frets: 22
  • Fretboard radius: 9.5” (241.3mm)
  • Scale: 25.5” (648mm)

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Now you get to choose the rest…

Munson marauder guitar neck joint


Here is one we made earlier…

Munson marauder custom guitar front view

What’s it all about

This marauder has been designed to deliver amazing tone, from our choice of redwood pine for the off-set body, hard maple for the neck and fretboard, through to the sweet sound of the twin hand wound gold Bare Knuckle humbuckers that deliver a rich clean and punchy driven tone. With three position switching, the versatility of this instrument is further enhanced by the push-pull pot controls that unlocks a dizzying array of tones. The Gotoh 101 hardtail bridge with brass saddles and through body strings enhance the overall resonance.

This guitar is stained in forest teal with an old school nitro gloss finish to give a distinctive look that will stand out from the crowd. 

The Tech

Pickups

The set of Bare Knuckle True Grit humbucker pickup features Alnico V magnets to produce a fat, rich clean and punchy driven tone. The True Grit humbucker makes this guitar super versatile and suitable for hot blues, hard rock, grunge and the old school Stones vibe, right through to progressive rock tones.

Bare knuckle humbuckers
Bare Knuckle True Grit Gold Humbuckers

Controls

Easy to reach master volume and tone make and forward mounted switch make this marauder a players guitar. Three way switching and a push/pull volume and tone pots give you 12 distinct sound options for the ultimate in versatility. The traditional capacitors and CTS pots ensure a precision audio taper which gives you smooth, accurate response. Crank your guitar up to 10 and the volume swells all the way—no abrupt flattening to choke your playing style.

Munson marauder pickup switching

The electronics are fully screened which eliminates buzz from electrical interference. We use rare earth magnets to secure the back plate to the body. This makes for a quick, easy and tool free access to the control cavity.

The Wood

The body is made from hand picked redwood pine. As with all our custom guitars, the wood has been carefully selected for its tone and resonance, which gives this guitar a surprising amount of sustain.

The neck is made from hard maple which will darken from pale cream to light yellow or pale reddish brown with exposure to sunlight. We use maple in our guitar necks due to its properties as a tonewood, as it resonates sound particularly well.

Pine electric guitar body blank

It’s all about the finish

The body is finished with a forest teal natural stain over black grain, before adding several coats of traditional nitrocellulose that will allow the finish to age gracefully. The maple neck and contrasting dark walnut skunk strip are protected and enhanced by a proprietary blend of finishing oil which delivers a hard wearing, yet soft satin feel for a super fast action.

Munson marauder custom guitar

Marauder Custom Guitar Specifications

MODELMarauder
BODYRedwood Pine
FinishGloss nitro over forest teal natural stain with black grain highlights.
BackplateMahogany
NECKNorth American Maple
Scale25.5” (648mm)
Truss rodDual Action, adjustable
Thickness0.73” (18.58mm) at 1st Fret; 0.87” (22.21mm) at 12th Fret
FinishNatural oils with a satin finish for fast action
FRETBOARDNorth American Maple
Radius9.5” (241.3mm)
Frets22 Medium, 2.4mm wide – 1.2mm high, routed fret slots
Inlays6mm round paua shell inlays
NutGraphite Graphtec
ELECTRONICS
PickupsA set of hand wound Bare Knuckle True Grit Humbuckers with gold covers
Controls1 x CTS master volume with push/pull for coil splitting
1 x CTS master tone with push/pull for coil splitting
Switchcraft three way switch
22uf tone capacitor
Jack0.25” mono
HARDWARE
TunersGotoh GSM-381 staggered, locking in black
BridgeGotoh GTC-101 hardtail in black with brass saddles
KnobsDomed knurled 18mm knobs in black
CASEHiscox – Liteflite Standard hard case 

Go on, you know you want one…

Built to inspire, the marauder custom shop guitar is a distinctive instrument that will quickly become your go-to guitar.


When you’re not sure where to start

If it all seems a bit daunting or you have other options in mind, then please use the button below to schedule an online appointment and let’s have a chat about your project.