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Offline Notes_Norton

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I drove a truck last night (guitar related)
« on: May 12, 2012, 10:57:33 AM »
I sent my beloved DF back to the factory to have some work done on Thursday 4/10/2012. When it comes back I'll start another thread - but this is not about my DF needs.

I have other guitars that I used to gig with, a Gibson ES-330, and Epiphone Casino and an ESP/LTD Faux Les Paul that I modified myself (P90 pickups and varitone).

Before getting the DF, the ESP/LTD was my gigging guitar of choice. Single volume knob near the picking hand, fast neck, good sounds. So last night I packed up the LTD and took it to the gig.

The difference between playing the Parker DF and the LTD was like putting the Ferrari in the shop for service and being loaned a utility truck without power steering.

I gotta admit, I bonded to the DF the day it arrived, but never realized how much I did until a year and a half later I'm without the DF for a while.

The LTD used to have a fast neck, but the Parker is faster. Stainless steel frets and ebony fretboard make quite a bit of difference in bending strings or applying vibrato. And at over 8 pounds, the LTD is downright heavy. Plus I got used to the tapered volume knob in the DF and the linear knob in the LTD seems clunky. And I really like the longer scale on the Parker, especially when playing leads high on the fretboard.

I know it's all what you get used to, and what is great for one isn't necessarily best of another. But I bonded with the Parker immediately. I certainly didn't re-bond with my former gigging guitar in the same way.

So I can't wait until I get my Parker back.

When I do, I'll post again complete with before and after pictures.

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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2012, 02:29:31 PM »
Hope you get your DF back soon. I hate trucks. [:(]

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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2012, 09:33:23 PM »
quote:
So I can't wait until I get my Parker back.

stay strong...

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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2012, 07:02:00 AM »
The DF should arrive at the factory today (according to UPS). I took the Epiphone to a gig, lighter but not easier to play. The Parker neck/fretboard/frets are just so much better for my hands. Since the Epiphone is a copy of the Gibson, it won't do any good to bring that one, so it's back to the LTD until my DF comes home.

This absence is making me appreciate the Parker even more.

Gig today, happy to have it, I'll be trucking.



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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2012, 09:03:31 AM »
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Originally posted by Notes_Norton

Before getting the DF, the ESP/LTD was my gigging guitar of choice. Single volume knob near the picking hand, fast neck, good sounds. So last night I packed up the LTD and took it to the gig.

The difference between playing the Parker DF and the LTD was like putting the Ferrari in the shop for service and being loaned a utility truck without power steering.


Sounds like me with my '98 Ibanez S470FM. I thought that was a fantastic guitar, played it for 6 or 7 years. Then I got a Nitefly Mojo in 2005 (same composite/SS fret neck and action as a my Fly I got several years later, but a bolt-on neck with 22 frets), and that's all I ever played for a year. One day I decided I wanted to play my old Ibanez I literally hadn't touched in a year and trying to play that was like trying to drive a car with four flat tires!

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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2012, 11:30:19 PM »
I've been trying to find out if the factory is even open.  I take it that it is, Bob?
 

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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2012, 10:33:22 AM »
Yes, I've been in contact with customer support who at first advised me to wait until the relocation was complete and then issued the RMA so I can send my DF back.

I packed it well in an ATA approved flight case that was actually made for a Les Paul. A lot of bubble wrap did the trick. Then I taped the latches down, taped completely around the short side, and taped some foam over the handle and took it to UPS for shipping.

The UPS clerk looked at it and said she couldn't ship it without a lock on it or unless it was in a cardboard box. Being the curious type I asked why? And she answered that anyone could cut the tape, open the case, and remove the contents.

So I asked can't they cut the tape on a cardboard box just as easily as they can cut the tape around the flight case. She just shrugged her shoulders.

So I went to U-Haul, bought a cardboard box, and put the flight case inside the box. I don't understand the logic of the rule, but it was much easier to get a box than to buck the system.

I miss my DF and can't wait to get it back. I'd love to tell the factory to rush it, but I don't want them to rush the work as I know how rush jobs can be.

So I'll keep playing inferior guitars until it comes back.

I bonded to the DF immediately. But the thing that surprised me is how difficult it was go to back to my old guitars. In other words, I didn't realize just how much better the DF is for me than the Gibson, Epiphone or LTD.

When the price of classic guitars goes back up, I'm seriously thinking about selling the 1970 Gibson and buying another DF.

Then I can have one in the case for gigging, and another on the stand in the home for practicing. I don't even like practicing on the other guitars, as the scale is shorter and the bridge is narrower so the practice doesn't transfer to the Parker that well. So there are times when I could put 10 minutes or so in on the guitar, but I don't because it's in the case ready for tonight's gigging. But then, if you can't practice on stage, where can you practice? [;)]

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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2012, 10:20:39 AM »
After a couple of weekends, I'm getting used to the LTD again. I still want my Parker back as soon as it can be done without rushing it, but I'm applying enough strength to lift his heavy beast many times a night (I switch between sax, flute, wind synthesizer and guitar on the gig) and I'm applying enough strength to bend the strings over those nickel-steel frets. So the truck is getting easier to drive.

One good thing about the LTD is the P90 pickups. My DF has a much wider range of sounds than the LTD does, and I love that and actually prefer the variety. But the thing it doesn't have is a P90 sound. I'm sure the audience doesn't know the difference, but I do.

So when I can afford another DF, I'll get a 2 pickup model and put near-P90s on them - perhaps Duncan P-Rails or GFS Mean 90s.

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« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2012, 04:38:58 PM »
I got my Parker back, and it's great to have it in my hands again.

See post http://forums.parkerguitars.com/index.php/topic,13740.0.html for pictures and kudos for great customer service!

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« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2012, 09:11:10 PM »
Sounds like your truckin' days are over!   8)
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« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2012, 10:33:45 AM »
Sounds like your truckin' days are over!   8)
Except for playing that G.Dead song ;)
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« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2012, 10:39:22 AM »
I got my Parker back, and it's great to have it in my hands again.

See post http://forums.parkerguitars.com/index.php/topic,13740.0.html for pictures and kudos for great customer service!

Nice repair job.  8)