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Offline thraxil

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1999 Classic w/ Natural Finish
« on: May 16, 2010, 01:50:40 PM »
Some of you may have seen this one go by on eBay. Well, it's mine!

















Not mint condition but obviously well taken care of; a couple minor dings and scratches here and there but still gorgeous. I've never seen mahogany that dark before. My NiteFly-M is much, much lighter in color as are all the pictures I've seen of newer natural finish Parker Classics. This one's more of a "dark chocolate" color. Was it just this particular piece of mahogany Parker had back then or are there more like this? Or is this something that mahogany does when it ages?

It, of course, plays like a dream. And when I took it out of the box after it was shipped from Colorado to New York, it was still perfectly in tune. This being my fourth Parker, I've kind of come to expect that though.

For fun, let's do a little comparison with my 2000 Parker Fly Stealth, which is the rare all basswood, hardtail model they made very briefly. The stealth has a set of .012's on it and I tune it down to C standard. The Classic will stay in E standard with .009-.042's.




Now, I'm not sure if it will be visible in the pictures, but one difference is that the Classic has Parker's standard sized frets:



While the Stealth has jumbo frets:
 


Since the NiteFlys also have jumbo frets (the Stealth was the only Fly model Parker ever made with jumbos) that's all I really have had experience with on Parkers, so the Classic is a very different feeling neck for me. Action is very, very low on both of them but the smaller frets on the Classic mean that the strings are closer to the fretboard so it does create a sensation of even lower action. I don't think it makes a real difference playing and I think I still prefer the jumbos for heavy riffing, but it is noticable. The Stealth also has the textured paint job on the neck while the Classic just has the smooth carbon fiber, similar to the NiteFly necks. The Stealth looks great, but I definitely prefer the smoother finish on the neck.

The Classic weighs about 5lbs. The Stealth, with all basswood, comes in at a ridiculous 4.25lbs. Calling a 5lb guitar "heavy" is insane, but next to the Stealth, it is noticeably heavier. The Stealth is also much louder unplugged and resonates a *lot* more. Don't get me wrong, the Classic sounds as good as it looks, but the Stealth feels like it's alive.

Notice the larger DiMarzio logo on the Stealth's pickups:




This is 1st vs 2nd gen pickups, right? I can't honestly say I can tell the difference, but it's hard to compare properly since they have totally different strings and tunings.

The also have different strap pins:




And finally, a parting shot of the backs (obviously different since the Stealth is a hardtail):



Now back to playing it.
 

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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2010, 04:00:46 PM »
Nice Fly, love the natural grain finish. I wish my Fly had a natural finish but it is a Deluxe so it would not have the amazing grain you have.

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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2010, 04:25:29 PM »
What a great pair of Fly's. Congratulations !

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Offline danjazzny

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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2010, 08:34:57 PM »
Beautiful finish on your Classic! [8D]

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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2010, 09:04:13 PM »
Thou shalt not covet your neighbor's Fly ...  Thou shalt not covet your neighbor's Fly ...  Thou shalt not covet your neighbor's Fly ...  Thou shalt not covet your neighbor's Fly ...

What a beauty!
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2010, 12:45:21 AM »
I think we have a very similar taste when it comes to guitars :)
Two beauties. Tell me if you ever want to get rid of the stealth.

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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2010, 04:04:29 AM »
That is some kind of hot.

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Offline Paul Marossy

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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2010, 12:34:27 PM »
Man I wish I could take that one off your hands. [:(]

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« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2010, 01:40:57 PM »
Yeah, I did see that one - looks even better in your photos. Not too shabby for something just over $1k, hm?

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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2010, 02:12:56 PM »
That is sooo sweet. I love the look of the natural. The grain patterns remind me of some of those swirl paint jobs we saw a while ago. VERY NICE!
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« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2010, 05:41:15 PM »
Absolutely beautiful!

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« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2010, 06:19:18 PM »
Ah, so you're the same guy on sevenstring!  Hello again.  Love the guitar.
 

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« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2010, 09:14:01 PM »
Holy Shizznizzle! Nice Flies!
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« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2010, 01:55:39 PM »
Too much gloss coat for my taste but beautiful wood structure! Congratulations!
And very nice photography work too, that's the way to present those guitars!

Greetings...
Nef
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