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Offline Notes_Norton

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« Reply #45 on: August 27, 2015, 10:50:39 AM »
I'm not into the headless look.

And for me the function of a headless guitar doesn't work.

I switch between sax, wind synth, flute, guitar and sometimes keys on stage, so having a guitar on a hanging stand is important to me. Sometimes the switch needs to be made in only a few seconds.

I have 2 USA Parkers now, so I just hope they last a long, long time

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« Reply #46 on: September 07, 2015, 06:09:16 PM »
I'm not into the headless look.
Oh, i dunno Notes, i think you should try it.

It would certainly give your band a unique look, imagine the marketing potential...



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« Reply #47 on: September 08, 2015, 02:30:24 AM »
I'm pretty sure that makes it a little harder to play sax... :P

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« Reply #48 on: September 08, 2015, 06:51:45 AM »
I'm pretty sure that makes it a little harder to play sax... :P

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Agree, but it definitely looks unique  ;D

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« Reply #49 on: September 08, 2015, 05:34:26 PM »
Well, he could just use one of these..

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« Reply #50 on: September 11, 2015, 05:12:50 PM »
I'm not into the headless look.
Oh, i dunno Notes, i think you should try it.

It would certainly give your band a unique look, imagine the marketing potential...



 ;)

On the other hand, it would eliminate having to trim my beard.

I wouldn't have to hide the bald head under a hat.

But I wouldn't be able to look at the pretty women :(

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« Reply #51 on: November 02, 2015, 07:31:44 PM »
Anyone have updates on when it will be possible to order new Parkers again?  USM has such a godawful marketing department, it is 100% the reason that nobody buys parkers or even knows that the dragonfly/maxxfly are a thing.  They ****ed up managing washburn too. 

I hope USM gets their bolagna together or sells parker to a company like FMIC with a solid track record of managing musical instrument companies.

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« Reply #52 on: November 13, 2015, 02:16:40 PM »
Sorry to hear about all this. I remember getting a tour of the Parker Factory in Chicago no too long after Terry had taken over production. Great guy and great group of people. The original Fly designs with the complete Carbon Fiber backs were just too expensive and pain in the butt to make. Since they were so expensive to make, you couldn't really price them in a way to make any real money on them. It was a great idea and design that just could stand the reality of the marketplace.

For ongoing maintenance, The Fly's really are not that difficult to work on, just costly as you're competing to find old parts, or new parts are few and far between. It's not hard to rewire them to PTP and it's not that difficult to change over an older fly to new electronics, as long as you're good a soldering. Good luck with your future plans old Parker friends!!!
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« Reply #53 on: February 04, 2016, 11:07:13 PM »
Seems to be some confusion here. The USA custom shop is closed and all their remaining parts have been wholesaled. I do not believe it will be reopened. Just the import stuff from now on. If someone has inside information otherwise,  we'd love to hear it.

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« Reply #54 on: February 05, 2016, 10:05:39 AM »
Parkers should be played till end of your life or end of the guitar's life.
Enjoy them.

If piezo fails - it's still playable.
If ribbon cable issue occurs - any tech can make it PTP and it's still playable.
If spring breaks and you can't find one, make it a hardtail and it's still playable.
The only issue I can see not taking into account out right abuse is frets falling off.
Well if you take care of it - I can easily see this guitar last 100 years.
After that who cares, you enjoyed it.

I feel many people buy guitars to ensure the company is around so they can sell it get some money back down the line for something else.
Nothing wrong with that.
But enjoy the Fly in the moment.

 

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« Reply #55 on: February 06, 2016, 08:40:11 PM »
I don't buy guitars to resell them, I buy them to gig with.

It's a shame the USA thing isn't working out. I have to DFs and they should last the rest of my life unless something unexpected happens.

Like many of us, I think Parkers are under-appreciated guitars. Fender, Gibson, Ibanez and a few others seem to have the promotion and therefore the market.

I'm glad I got mine when I did.

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« Reply #56 on: February 07, 2016, 08:07:08 AM »
We are all just plan lucky to have one (or some). And the only reason we do have one is that an artist wanted to create something special because he was an artist. He thought he could make it into a business except for one thing. He wasn't a business man. As Ken said, he ended up "creating a 10,000 dollar guitar that he couldn't sell for 3000 dollars". His creative drive pushed an unsustainable dream. And we are the benefactors of that mistake. No one is going to make this guitar again. Not on a mass production level.

I doubt these will ever be collectors items. I don't expect to profit on mine. I don't expect any maintenance issues as they are hard tails. I will sell one of mine someday for what I paid for it just because I don't need two. But I will always keep the other. I think we have an obligation to take care of the remaining flies and sell them to someone who appreciates them and wont destroy them.
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« Reply #57 on: February 07, 2016, 09:50:58 AM »
I think they will go up in value since the USA custom shop is closed for good. Can we say the Fly is like the DeLorean?

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« Reply #58 on: February 07, 2016, 10:34:05 AM »
I think they will go up in value since the USA custom shop is closed for good. Can we say the Fly is like the DeLorean?

Possibly. This guy says those cars are selling for about the same dollar amount as they did when new...

http://www.ebay.com/gds/Buying-a-DeLorean-car-/10000000001738963/g.html

Looks like he's about right, on average...

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=delorean&LH_Complete=1&LH_Sold=1&rt=nc&_trksid=p2045573.m1684

Of course, that means they have lost about 2/3 of their retail value since the early '80s due to inflation.

So, maybe those of us who bought used Flys way below retail will see an actual increase in value in the future. For people who paid new prices - not so much.
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« Reply #59 on: February 08, 2016, 09:21:58 AM »
We just need someone to help manage fret re installation in case they fall off (very rare) but when it does.
Other than that maybe a fret level if the frets wear (very rare) but it'll a long time before that happens outside of abuse.
I suppose not playing with Stainless Steel strings might reduce fret wear all together for the next several decades.