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Offline sattmims

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« on: October 18, 2011, 06:26:53 PM »
I've owned my Parker Nitefly for a long time. I recently got it tuned up after having not played it for years. It has never felt or played this well before. I love the sound of the piezo pickup, but the battery has died. I'm a bit irked if this is the case:

Do I need to remove the whole faceplate to access the battery and replace it?

I'm really happy with how it's tuned up and I'm afraid I'll have to take it back to the shop just to get the battery replaced. I cannot access the battery from the back. [:(] The manual is not help in explaining how to do this. In fact, it uses some pretty darn vague language.

I know this i totally a newb question, but I always leave any guitar tuning, maintenance and improvements to the professionals. [:D]

I've replaced a car battery before, but that seems easier than taking off the whole faceplate and messing up a great job.
 

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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2011, 09:00:21 PM »
Welcome to the Parker Forum sattmins! Don't know which model Nitefly you have but the manual on the Parker website says this: "NOTE: To replace the battery, release the catch and swing open the doors. The flip-out holder
will not close if the battery is installed incorrectly. Please be gentle!!!"
Hope this helps. [;)]

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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2011, 10:48:30 PM »
The  online manual probably only applies to the later model Niteflys. On my Mojo Nitefly there's a plastic battery holder that opens up and you replace the battery. Easy. I'm not sure about the early Niteflys though.

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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2011, 09:12:16 AM »
Is there a black plate with two screws on the side of the guitar anywhere? If there is, the battery would be inside there. The Flys were originally made this way, but I don't know if the original Niteflys were made the same way.

I would think that it's not designed so you have to take the pickguard off to replace the battery. That would just be plain stupid.

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« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2011, 10:40:39 AM »
Thanks for welcoming me! That's the part of the manual that cracks me up. I still can't figure out how to access the piezo pickup battery bay. I can't find any labeling for the specific model other than "Parker Nitefly" on the headstock and the model number: 127284 USA, also on the headstock but on the bottom. I'll try popping the back open and looking closer.

And yes, having to remove the pickguard just to do that would be very stupid. It'd almost be like restringing a Floyd Rose! *ZING*

Thanks, everybody. I feel like this is an amateur question and all of your replies have respectful and considerate.

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Originally posted by danjazzny

Welcome to the Parker Forum sattmins! Don't know which model Nitefly you have but the manual on the Parker website says this: "NOTE: To replace the battery, release the catch and swing open the doors. The flip-out holder
will not close if the battery is installed incorrectly. Please be gentle!!!"
Hope this helps. [;)]

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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2011, 10:49:36 AM »
No side plates or access anywhere. I'll take a good set of photos and share them on here later today.

Thanks!

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Originally posted by Paul Marossy

Is there a black plate with two screws on the side of the guitar anywhere? If there is, the battery would be inside there. The Flys were originally made this way, but I don't know if the original Niteflys were made the same way.

I would think that it's not designed so you have to take the pickguard off to replace the battery. That would just be plain stupid.

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« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2011, 11:49:09 AM »
How about showing a photo of the back of the guitar? Anything like these NiteFlys? You can readily see the battery compartments in them.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Phenomenal-Parker-Nitefly-Mojo-Natural-Mahogany-/320782696401?pt=Guitar&hash=item4ab0237fd1

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Parker-Nitefly-/270838878143?pt=Guitar&hash=item3f0f414fbf

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« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2011, 02:25:04 PM »
I don't which model you have, but some of the early Niteflys didn't have a battery. Are you sure that yours isn't one of those early models? Maybe that's why there is no battery access anywhere...

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« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2011, 10:18:49 PM »
It's the 2nd one you posted - at this link:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/PARKER-NITEFLY-ELECTRIC-GUITAR-HARD-SHELL-CASE-/150682538857?_trksid=p4340.m185&_trkparms=algo%3DSIC.NPJS%26its%3DI%26itu%3DUA%26otn%3D5%26pmod%3D270838878143%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D3878022181399803084#ht_2369wt_1163

I think I may have been wrong about the battery dying. I know a battery juice up a bit when used again, but so far it seems to be fine. The last time I had played thru it for a few hours, it just fizzled out. Much like the sound of an effects pedal dying. Is this just a passive pickup, then? I'm surprised because I'm the online manual looks like it's the correct one.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-RZhqmF9lJF8/Tq9iQpUfrfI/AAAAAAAABW0/T1vc3pZ7v1A/s720/IMAG0567.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ZEoc5OqFv4U/Tq9h4J1YZjI/AAAAAAAABW0/TwiH93P9rM4/s1280/IMAG0565.jpg

Sorry for the blurriness.

Thanks for all of the feedback.



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Originally posted by sybersitizen

How about showing a photo of the back of the guitar? Anything like these NiteFlys? You can readily see the battery compartments in them.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Phenomenal-Parker-Nitefly-Mojo-Natural-Mahogany-/320782696401?pt=Guitar&hash=item4ab0237fd1

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Parker-Nitefly-/270838878143?pt=Guitar&hash=item3f0f414fbf

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« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2011, 08:46:59 AM »
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Originally posted by sattmims

It's the 2nd one you posted - at this link:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/PARKER-NITEFLY-ELECTRIC-GUITAR-HARD-SHELL-CASE-/150682538857?_trksid=p4340.m185&_trkparms=algo%3DSIC.NPJS%26its%3DI%26itu%3DUA%26otn%3D5%26pmod%3D270838878143%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D3878022181399803084#ht_2369wt_1163


If you have the one in the pictures at that link, then the battery compartment ought to be very obvious. It's on the back, near the lower horn.

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« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2011, 11:44:16 AM »
I'm not sure what "horn" means. I don't see a spot where a nine volt battery would fit in the back area.
 

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« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2011, 12:14:28 PM »
There's two black plastic things on the back of your guitar, right? The smaller one is a battery holder. The battery goes into that holder sideways. I don't know how to make it any plainer than that...

EDIT: It goes in there like this


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« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2011, 01:52:08 PM »
Paul he could have a passive Alder model.

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« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2011, 02:03:55 PM »