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Offline SixBladeKnife

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Starting To Dislike My Non-Parker Guitars...
« on: May 28, 2015, 10:04:55 AM »
I'm less than two weeks into my Nitefly and it's ridiculously comfortable to play. I picked up my G&L Comanche this morning and it didn't feel nearly as good as it used to. Having this issue with my other guitars as well.

Anybody else lose a lot of love for their other Axes when you bought your first Parker? I feel so confused ;-)

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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2015, 11:32:21 AM »
Same story here.  Sold 'em all off.  Just Parker (electrics) now.  :D
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2015, 02:53:48 PM »
Me too.  I have a number of guitars that I used to like before I got my hands on a Parker.  They spoil you for anything else.  Just about everything else feels like a log.

Anybody interested in a nice used Schecter?
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2015, 06:10:52 PM »
It's our doom.  Other guitars feel like planks of wood!  I lost all GAS for shopping at the local music store years ago.  (But have not lost my lust for Parkers).
My next purchase, once I get out of the stupid scene I need to handle, will be a pre-refined hardtail and I plan on dropping P-rails in it.  Yummy!

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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2015, 07:06:19 PM »
Half the fun of playing was finding the right guitar.

That searching fun is gone since my Parkers came home.
 
Now I just play a lot more because as Notes Norton sez "it's almost like cheating."

I go into large retailers (GC typically) and just snicker to myself since their big clunky wall of axes never has a Parker in stock, and thus nothing interesting to me. PRS you say? Try my PM20 Pro buddy!

If I mention I play Parker guitars they act like they know but I can tell they're clueless for the most part.

The best thing about buying used Parker gear from places like GC is the price is usually lower than it should be.

I did find one GC employee that really described my most recent buy well with appreciation of the guitar itself.

Anyone want to buy a Chinese Tele?

No more slabs o' wood for me.
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2015, 09:09:50 PM »
Anyone want to buy a Chinese Tele?

For what it cost me (under $50), and for the tonal difference - and just for the helluvit - there's still room for an Asian Strat even in a happy Parker home - check my sig.
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2015, 07:07:53 AM »
True a void is filled by my Chinese Tele, but it's sheer weight alone makes me shy away more often than not.

Since I obtained a pre-refined Fly Deluxe a couple months ago I haven't looked back.

They really are phenomenal instruments, but I'm preaching to the choir again aren't I?

I don't dislike any of my current inventory (15!) but I'd rather play the Parker before the Gibsons and Fenders now.

Anyone want to buy a Chinese Tele?  8)

Have a great weekend.

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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2015, 02:22:59 AM »
We all hear ya, glad you mentioned the PM20pro, I regret so much of that sale not setting a reserve correctly on ebay and simply selling it. I hate my Les Paul every day I play my parkers...I'm still plotting a scheme to sell it and replace it without the wife noticing!
I have guitars, most are beyond my playing level, but I love them all!

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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2015, 07:51:49 AM »
I do brag on it often.

Its a black '08 PM20 Pro with a phenolic fretboard and a true marvel for an LP style guitar.

I have seen a few '08 PM20's with phenolic fretboard for sale since buying this one last year.

Parker doesn't list phenolic as available in the catalog but I speculate that in late '08 the factory was testing the manufacturing process for '09 and made some PM20's with them.  They're worth looking for.

I think the pickups have been swapped for warmer ones which might explain the overall rich tone.

I feel your pain and need for replacement and would be very sad to part with mine, ever.

I got mine for $325 shipped, from GC New Orleans, so deals are out there.  $325! Ha, what a deal.

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What a player!

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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2015, 10:59:53 AM »
GC has a tendency to mislabel and under or over price Parker guitars.  Fortunately, they seem to undervalue more of them than they overvalue.

I'm having an ever harder time even spending the energy to mod, let alone play, non-Parker guitars.

Before I bought that first P44, my favorite player was my home-built tele, which now feels almost too heavy to pick up at 8 lbs.  I still love the sound of it and the "play feel" of it--as long as it isn't hanging around my neck.

I need to get routing and carving--she needs to lose a pound at least.

One thing is for sure.  I won't be doing any weight reduction mods to any Parkers.
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« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2015, 11:13:34 AM »
One thing is for sure.  I won't be doing any weight reduction mods to any Parkers.

Here's a weight-saving tip: Keep your strings ends clipped real short.
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« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2015, 12:36:09 PM »
One thing is for sure.  I won't be doing any weight reduction mods to any Parkers.

Here's a weight-saving tip: Keep your strings ends clipped real short.


Wow!  Great tip!

 I can't believe how much trimming the string ends eliminates the neck dive and heaviness  "10's" put on the headstock.  ;D.
.... now about using these locking tuners....  :o

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« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2015, 12:57:01 PM »
One thing is for sure.  I won't be doing any weight reduction mods to any Parkers.

Here's a weight-saving tip: Keep your strings ends clipped real short.

You can also save a few grams by playing 8's.  That's why Jimi Hendrix played 8's.  Strats have big headstocks.

I bet Jimi would have liked the Fly.  He played a Strat with the skinniest neck he could find.
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« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2015, 01:53:14 PM »
I bet Jimi would have liked the Fly.

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« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2015, 02:31:50 PM »
Yep, were spoiled.

Since I got my first Parker a few years ago, my Gibson, Epiphone and ESP gather dust. The Gibson ES used to be my favorite guitar, but now 5 strings are rusty and the first string broke all by itself. It's hanging on the wall and the only time it's moved is when I dust it.

My Parker DF's are so comfortable it's like wearing the guitar instead of holding the guitar.

Recently I picked up my Casino to learn some chords - since it's acoustic I can do this quietly without plugging it in. I took my hands off, it fell away from my body and the neck wanted to sink. I played it and it was too far away from me and my right arm wasn't comfortable. I never noticed these things before the Parker.

My Gibson ES is a 1970 Kalamazoo model, I should sell it, but it was my first electric guitar so I hang on to it and dust it every once in a while.

Perhaps the worst thing about owning a Parker is that I no longer have GAS. I can look at other guitars, admire their beauty, but have no desire to own one -- and isn't GAS part of the fun of being a guitar player? ;)

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