When a rectangular pickup option is chosen for the bridge position, be aware that it might be placed further from the bridge on a Marauder than it typically would on a different model due to the diagonal edge of the bridge plate. This could result in a slightly warmer tone with less treble than you might expect!
Our Marauder Kit features a custom-made, laser-cut and folded steel bracket used to mount the thumbwheels below the plate in the vintage-correct staggered pattern. We include 1M and 50k potentiometers with white 3D-printed thumbwheels as standard. If you wish to provide your own thumbwheels, be advised that the slot widths are 6mm, so only MIJ / Japanese spec thumbwheels will fit (for 6mm shaft, 5.95mm width). USA thumbwheels with 4mm shafts are a little too wide to fit (1/4″).
Since the plates and pickguard of the Marauder fit together so intricately and interface with the bridge thimbles and neck pocket, we drill the mounting holes as standard and include all the screws you need to attach them to your body. If you apply a finish to your body, it might be necessary to redrill the holes afterwards, but in any case they should hopefully work as an effective pilot hole. We find a 2.5mm diameter hole roughly 1/2″ deep is sufficient for the pickguard and smaller plate screws; 3mm diameter 1″ deep for the larger bridge plate mounting screws.
Since an output jack hole is the same size as a standard potentiometer hole, it is possible to mount three knobs to the Lower Control Plate of your Marauder. We recommend checking the Side Output Jack option if you plan to do so – our route will mount an Electrosocket jackplate snugly, so you can use the hole on the plate for something more interesting!
Though we include pre-installed potentiometers for the Rhythm Cicuit plate, we do not do so for the Lower Control Plate. There are so many different wiring schemes, tastes and options out there for potentiometer and capacitor values that we’re staying out of it!
We supply Minimoog-style rocker switches with authentic switch caps pre-installed to your plates using our own 3D-printed mounts to match the vintage-correct screw spacing. Screw heads are raised countersunk Philips heads in A2 Stainless to match the pickguard screws and other fixings perfectly in style and material.
We have standardised the design between the body, pickguard and control plates. Everything is manufactured in-house in the UK, with CNC and laser-cut precision, using 3D printing to interface the switches and produce the thumbwheels.
In addition to being the easiest to build and most accurate on the market, our Marauder is also the most customisable.
Each body and pickguard are routed for your pickup choice and are made bespoke to order. You now have the option to choose from a range of control plate options which allow for alternative control and wiring schemes to fit any requirement.
Your dream Marauder could be anything from a stripped down, dual-humbucker rock machine with a hardtail and lever switch to a vintage-correct seven-switch studio weapon – we’ve got you covered on both ends and anything in between.
At GuitarForm, we have made the Marauder a versatile, modular powerhouse; and we can’t wait to discover what you have in mind for yours!