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Offline Piplodocus

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Different Parker Necks
« on: February 26, 2014, 11:16:39 AM »
Hello!

I've read on some marketing stuff that the new flared headstock had more strength and allows for a thinner and faster profile. I had a look on the website and couldn't see the spec being any different from my old fly mojo though.

Which models have thinner necks? When did they change? We're these just on the bolt ons? Tell me about the different necks on different models over the years! Didn't the Nitefly have more jumbo frets than the flys?
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2014, 12:38:03 AM »
Interesting. Since I like speedy necks. However...

My '97 deluxe has a thinner neck than my DF845... I think I could have opted for a skinnier neck on the latter, but went with the medium one. It is very close, mind, but noticeable. First time I heard that about the headstock then again, I haven't been here as long as some.

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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2014, 06:54:21 AM »
I've not heard that about the headstock. from our conversations on the forum over the years the head stock was changed for production purposes and the ability to hang the guitar traditionally.
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Re: Different Parker Necks
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2014, 08:31:31 AM »
I can promise you that the original headstock design is not as weak as most people seem to think. I've played a fly with 12's on it tuned standard (and Parker makes springs for 12's, so clearly its not advised against). Plus, I've only seen one or two Flys with broken headstocks (from a physical impact), and the break was right at the nut, not the thinner part of the head. See this pic:


 I'd be willing to bet that production issues are the number 1 influence in the design change, covered up by saying "you can hang it now!"

As for which models have thinner necks - several forum members, myself included, have tried to unearth any details about this, but it's a crap shoot. Some have thinner necks than others, hell some even have thinner bodies. There's a lot of hand carving going on, so specs vary. It's been rumoured that USM flys are thicker (neck and body), and while the one USM fly I owned WAS indeed thicker all around, I have played a few that were darn near the same as my pre-USM flys.

You are correct that the nitefly's had jumbo frets, as did the Fly Stealth model, and ALL USM Flys. Pre-USM Flys had skinnier, shorter frets that are no longer available. The Nitefly's I've owned (2, both pre-usm) had considerably thicker necks than the Flys I've owned. The thickest Fly neck was my 2008 Mojo, second is my 1998 Deluxe, and the thinnest I've owned is my 1998 Classic.

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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2014, 10:46:28 AM »
^ I'm curious about the way to determine neck thickness in this context. If by measuring something, exactly what, where, and how?
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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2014, 10:53:35 AM »
Other than the way the neck feels in the hand (which was my first indicator), I've used calipers between the fingerboard and back of the neck, as well as a flexible tape measure wrapped tightly around the neck, both at the first and twelfth frets.

I don't recall the exact numbers, and I didn't record them, but they were pretty different.

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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2014, 10:56:48 AM »
That picture sure is unsettling!  :o
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« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2014, 01:34:36 PM »
Hate that picture too!  Makes me slightly queasy!

The MAIN reason for the new headstock is to be able to have the guitars hang in the store.  Old headstock could only hang with the bullwinkle attached.  Unwieldy and the stores did not like that.  The solution was a more traditional shape.  We fought to get the carved Parker distinct look into the headstock so we now have a visual compromise reminiscent of the old headstock.

But the primary reasons for the change were 1. display and 2. move the truss rod to the center of the neck.
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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2014, 07:42:20 AM »
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Pat did you ever see the FireFly headstock design? I've always been curious as to what it looked like. One day when I order a custom shop Parker I'd love to know if it's still on the table as an option and if it is really cool looking. Maybe BillyT could post a picture.
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« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2016, 12:55:58 AM »
So click here because that picture sure is unsettling!  :o

Same here because I have the same one, it's like seeing your friend with a broken neck.  :-[
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« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2016, 06:42:08 PM »
After seeing that neck debacle I need another beer to calm the nerves.
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