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Offline squege1

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« Reply #30 on: March 23, 2011, 03:58:27 PM »
+1, Vince Genella is my guitar teacher and I get to see first hand the potential of these instruments...
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Offline jefsummers

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« Reply #31 on: March 23, 2011, 10:05:48 PM »
Long ago I was waiting outside for the House of Guitars in Irondequoit NY to open for a special sale. Someone also there on the steps said that he was there to check out the Parker guitars, telling me (in error) that they were made from a single piece of wood. Stored that away in the back of my mind.

Several years later started to read the forums here.

Decided to take a chance. Made bids on eBay on guitars that I thought I would be able to resell without loss if I didn't like the guitar. Won an auction.

Love the guitar, never looked back. Did have to do a point to point mod when the jack went bad, otherwise love my otherwise stock pre-refined Deluxe in the common, classic green.
Parker DF 724
Parker Fly Deluxe
Nitefly V2
Italia Mondial
Fender Std Strat w SCN pickups and GK2A
Epiphone Dot w SD Jazz/JB
Danelectro Hodad 12 string electric
Epiphone Gary Clark Casino
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Offline bno

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« Reply #32 on: March 24, 2011, 11:11:26 AM »
Originally posted by Notes_Norton

1) Which model Parker do you have?

2) Why did you choose that model?

(1) '94 Deluxe - My main axe had a terminal failure (the Floyd Rose bridge broke the body of the guitar) and I was out shopping on 48th Stree in NYC with a wad of cash (modus operandi for guitar shopping) - went into Rudy's Music and the sales nerd said "Hey check this out."  Played it for about five seconds and instant obsession.  It played like nothing I had ever touched - at the time I had an LP and the busted Kramer/Frankenstrat.  It was twice what I had in the budget, but I didn't care - out came the cash downpayment - 3 months later my first Fly.  

(2)  It was what was avaiable.  Nobody stocked them, you had to order (just like now).  Had I known better at the time, I would have picked up a Standard hardtail instead of the Deluxe.  I also have an S2 now. Interestingly enough, my favorite Parker is a  Nitefly v1 S3 with Lace Hot Golds.  I like the heft and beefy neck.  It's my Strat Assassin.
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Offline joshtastic

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« Reply #33 on: March 24, 2011, 01:10:39 PM »
DF524 for EXACTLY the same reasons you listed. Also, I just always liked Parkers. They are a little weird, like me.
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Offline mynamehere

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« Reply #34 on: April 15, 2011, 02:35:29 PM »
I honestly got mine from an old guitar book in the clearance pile of a bookstore, it showed tons of guitars, but in the "piezo-magnetic hybrid" guitar section, i saw the parker, in the "set up" section it talked about compound radius necks, and locking tuners, so after a while, never playing one, (they dont sell them around where i am), i bought a nitefly off of ebay and absolutely loved it. everything about it felt so comfortable. And looking at the parker website, i saw the flyMIDI's and looked up what a "roland GR effects box" was, from the description, and found guitar synthesizing from parker as well. now a have a nitefly with a pickguard i made my self and no regular pickups, just piezo and synthesizer pickups. i am so happy with it. i plan on getting a "real" guitar again, and my first choice is a parker. BEST playing neck, BEST vibrato/tuning stability...(except floyd roses, but they have too many physical issues), BEST weight, BEST neck stability, just the most stable, most comfortable guitar out there. pickups can change tones, which arent so great in the parker, but in the physical aspect of the guitar, it is far above the rest

PS it wasnt a complete impulsive buy, i researched it a TON...but then again, i bought a gretsch from seeing it on rock band was a good guitar though...
-Parker Nitefly SA with Piezo Volume and tone with no magnetic pickups
-Fender Mexican Stratocaster, Epiphone Special II, Generic Washburn acoustic, all stock
-Roland GR-20 and GR-55 with internal GK-3 (synthesizer output only) In nitefly
-Vox 50W valvetronix amp, Marshall 30W haze amp, Fender blues Jr 15W amp, AG60 60W acoustic amp
-D'addario Prosteels size 10, occasional Dean Markley blue steel size 10

any questions about the stuff i use, how it works, schematics, how  much i like them, just contact me

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Offline sybersitizen

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« Reply #35 on: April 21, 2011, 12:25:38 PM »
posted a tongue-in-cheek reply earlier in the thread, but I will tell the real story here, which I also wrote about in my very first post 17 months ago:

I'm a hobbyist player and my only guitar for the last 35 years or so has been a battered but great playing '69 SG Standard. (Yes, I'm old.) Some years ago, I'm thinking 2003 or earlier, I accidentally encountered a Fly. This was back when Guitar Center carried Parkers and they actually had one in my local store. And wow, what a fine instrument it was. This was during one of GC's Labor Day sales, and everything including the Fly was marked way down from usual street price. I don't remember the figure now, but I seem to recall it being somewhere between $1k and $2k - still a lot of money. I can't tell you which model it was, but it had a natural finish [knowing what I know now, I'm pretty sure it was an Artist]. I thought hard about buying it, but just couldn't bring myself to do the deed. Over time I almost forgot about it.

Fast forward to now. Recently I've been in musical doldrums and, feeling that I could use a boost of some kind, started exploring Parkers again. After looking around the web (there are few if any Parkers in the flesh nearby) and seeing the hugely expanded line, I figured I could swing $500 or so for a used P44 or something similar without too much trouble. But the more I considered, the more I felt the Fly body is what I really liked and wanted. But they just cost so much! Then this afternoon as I was about to leave work, this popped up on eBay:

[An old eBay listing for a 2001 Deluxe, no longer viewable.]

I didn't think a sub-$1000 deal would stick around for long, so I just had to go for it...

And so I did. My appreciation of the Fly was cemented within minutes after seeing and playing that Artist at Guitar Center many years ago, and when my Deluxe arrived it all flooded back. Before buying it I had no idea which other guitarists in the world played one, and did not care. Everything about the guitar is extremely cool and almost everything about it is just right. I have a little trouble sometimes with the placement of the master volume control and with the upper horn jab. But these are minor trifles when I consider the looks, weight, workmanship, finish, ease of play, absence of maintenance, versatility of sound, and overall technical superiority of the Fly design.

If I were to feel a need for another guitar today, I'm pretty sure it would only be a pre-refined Artist... or something even more experimental and outrageous (think MatraX or Teuffel).

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« Reply #36 on: April 21, 2011, 09:09:56 PM »
08 Parker Fly Deluxe in Galaxy Grey
And a bunch of other guitars that aren't getting played any more...

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Offline MegaDroogie666

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« Reply #37 on: April 24, 2011, 06:02:22 PM »
It's probably the only guitar that I own that's flexible in playing almost every genre you could think of. It's so light yet so strong which is a plus because I gig/travel and I need a guitar that could basically be advantageous in every way.
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Offline Paul Marossy

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« Reply #38 on: April 25, 2011, 10:39:11 AM »
Originally posted by spider

Merle Haggard.

Originally said by MERLE HAGGARD

“I knew about Parker but never really thought to try one. You know, after five decades of performing and recording, the last thing on my mind was finding a better guitar,” said Haggard. “But after a friend of mine bought a Parker, he started telling me that there is a better guitar. And so I played around with his and realized he was absolutely right.”

Haggard believes he will never need another guitar. “These are the most versatile guitars ever made—period. My Parker lets me play any style, anytime. And for someone who spends as much time performing on stage as I do, the lightness of a Parker is a godsend. I feel as good at the end of the show as I do during the opening song.”

I rest my case.