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Offline Tassen

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« on: July 12, 2011, 07:04:44 PM »
Hi,

I've just recently bought a Parker P44 but I know very little about it, which is a shame. I can't find any model specifications on the P44 anywhere, including Parkers own site.

I'd appreciate it if someone could tell me the history of the model P44 and some of the model specifications on my own guitar, which is korean made in 2005.

Thanks alot
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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2011, 08:36:36 PM »
Welcome to the Parker Forum Tassen! Here's a link to the P44 manual:
http://www.parkerguitars.com/Downloads/manuals.html  [;)]

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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2011, 09:39:08 PM »
Thank you Danjazzny, happy to be here! [8D]

And thanks for the link to the manual, it will probably come to use later on, especially when I need to tune the guitar.
However I cannot tell what year this manual is made for. I've come to understand that the P44 have changed over the years it has been made, for example, the controls illustraded on the picture in the manual does not match those on my guitar and I don't know how much of the specifications about the bridge, pickups etc. that match either.

I've been reading some on this forum about this guitar being made with different pickups, piezos, brides and even material for the body, for exampel while mine is made of mahogany the even younger ones is made out of basswood, and are manufactured in Indonesia. I'm curious what puckups etc. mine has. [:)]

Besides that I'm also curious about two other things, how gentle do I have to be with the vibrato bar? considering the piezo pickup and I've read that the more expensive Parker guitars have glued on stainless steel frets, that doesn't happen to apply to the P44 aswell?
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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2011, 10:42:23 AM »
Looks like the manual is dated at 6-10-02 on the last page. Sorry I can't help you with more information as I'm not really familiar with the P44 model.

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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2011, 07:17:41 PM »
oh, missed that. Thanks for help anyhow, Danjazzny. [:)]
maybe I'll ask the folks over at the costomer support center, they should know..




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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2011, 08:01:56 PM »
Oh, and by the way, I've just got to say how satisfied I am with this guitar. The sound, the feel and the possibilities of this guitar is outstanding. I'm in love, and it only took a day.
But to be fair it wasn't love on first sight, the first time I laid my eyes on it I didn't like the appearance at all, but the second time around I really like the way it looked, and now I consider it to be one of the best looking guitars out there, I'd say the mojo looks nicer, but they chare the same cataristics. Well worth the ~550$ I gave for it. [|)]

It may not be a fly, but I'm still a proud owner [^]
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« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2011, 09:08:37 PM »
Very nice Tassen! Maybe somewhere down the line you'll get your hands on a Fly. [8D]

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« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2011, 08:24:28 AM »
I love the dark stained wood. It has a real organic look and feel next to the grass(*edit* I mean weeds). Very nice, and congrats.

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« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2011, 07:06:49 PM »
Thanks to both of you!

And danjazzny, somewhere down the line there's a fly in store for me, I'm sure of it! [:)]
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« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2011, 07:09:15 PM »
Hi Tassen!

You may please read my other posts in this P-series section, in response to other forum members' topics about the several versions of the P-44 and their specifications.
Anyway, yours is the second generation of the regular P-44, after this one the P-44V and the P-44 Pro were issued with some improved specs, namely the Parker tremolo.

I think that your P-44 was still made in Korea and I'm not aware of any P-44 version made out of any other wood different than mahogany...
Only the US-made Parkers with carbon fiber fingerboard do have those glued stainless frets, I think.

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« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2011, 08:23:25 AM »
Hi ParkerP,
Thanks for a nice answer.


I've read those but found them confusing at that moment, however I've read them once again now and do understand a fair bit more! (new to guitars and English not being my native language is a bad combination)

The persons I bought my guitar from said that Parker moved the manufacturing from Korea to Indonesia in 2007 and changed the material from mahogany to basewood on the P44 models, if I remeber correctly.
I have however found in Parkercatalogs on their website that the guitars have been made with mahogany all along. Also, the catalogs does suggest that the P-44 never made it to Indonesia and was discontinued around that time, and the P-44V, and pro took it's place.
Can't find any evidance that the P-44 was made before 2002 either, and even wikipedia aint no help, it doesn't even list the P-44 model, only V and pro.
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« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2011, 01:07:54 PM »
Hi there, I have both the P-44 and the P-44V, I was saving up for the P-44Pro, stepping stones to a real Fly some future year, when they discontinued the whole line and I was barely lucky enough to grab the P-44V before they were all gone. I would say you were very lucky to find a P-44 still unsold. I think the people that sold you the 44 didn't know anything about them, as you have found out they were all made with 2 piece Mahogany bodies. A lot of us thought ours were one piece. It took me about 2 years to finally see the glue line on mine, whoever made them was really good at matching wood.
Sadly Parker chose to remove all mention of the P Series from their web site when they discontinued the whole line. But there is still a lot of info out there, lots in this forum if you look through it, and other places, there also used to be some good videos, reviews, by actual owners, on You Tube, some good ones that run through various settings and such, probably still there, you can get a whole lot of different sounds from a P-44, even more when you add in the coil tap and the Piezo. There never was a lot of info from Parker on them even when they were still being made, nothing on the set up specs. But once it's been properly set up for you it's a dream to play. I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun and enjoyment exploring all the potential it offers for about any style of music.


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Hi ParkerP,
Thanks for a nice answer.
I've read those but found them confusing at that moment, however I've read them once again now and do understand a fair bit more! (new to guitars and English not being my native language is a bad combination)

The persons I bought my guitar from said that Parker moved the manufacturing from Korea to Indonesia in 2007 and changed the material from mahogany to basewood on the P44 models, if I remeber correctly.
I have however found in Parkercatalogs on their website that the guitars have been made with mahogany all along. Also, the catalogs does suggest that the P-44 never made it to Indonesia and was discontinued around that time, and the P-44V, and pro took it's place.
Can't find any evidance that the P-44 was made before 2002 either, and even wikipedia aint no help, it doesn't even list the P-44 model, only V and pro.

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« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2015, 08:04:18 PM »
I bought it too! Anyone knows how valuable this is? I paid 600,- eur. How rare is this guitar? Here is link to photo of it:
<img src="http://rajamaki.org/parker/parker-p-44-pro-wine-red.jpg" alt="" class="bbc_img">
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Crom!