Fender’s Carlos Lopez has re-imagined an ultra-rare offset model from the mid-sixties, giving it a makeover, throwing in some sweet pickups and adding a built-in delay effect, too!
The Fender Custom Shop is the dream of many a guitar player. Design your own guitar and – providing you have the money – they’ll make it a reality. The video below is a demonstration of what the Fender Custom Shop concept is all about. This one has an interesting story to tell: the recreation of a crazy rare Fender offset that didn’t make it into production.
Before embarking on this project, Delta Spirit guitarist Matthew Logan Vasquez already had a rich history with Fender. His family worked at the original Fender factory. Nowadays he plays Fender guitars and wanted a new guitar. Something unique. Enter Custom Shop builder Carlos Lopez.
An Offset reborn
The guitar Carlos Lopez built was a super-sweet recreation of the Marauder, modified to fit a custom delay effect into the top control section! That area is normally reserved for a tone circuit. The original Fender Marauder never made into production and only ever existed as a prototype in 1965. That’s one rare guitar.
The video below is fascinating to watch. It takes you through the whole process and I highly recommend you all check it out. Hopefully, this will trickle down into some variation of a standard run sometime in the near future. If you love offset guitars, then I guarantee you will love this video!