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Offline sybersitizen

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Re: The state of Parker Fly Guitars today?!
« Reply #30 on: March 13, 2016, 05:19:31 PM »
Parkers have not been known as instruments that appreciate over time. Might that change?

We have a thread for that...

http://forums.parkerguitars.com/index.php/topic,16073.msg140434.html#msg140434
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« Reply #31 on: March 14, 2016, 06:37:59 AM »
Hello,
I am David the design engineer of Parker Guitar.
I work at USM for 18 years and still do freelance work.
It is sad the US factory is over but I am hoping for the rebirth of Parker Guitar one day.
If you all have any question I can answer.
Thank you
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Re: The state of Parker Fly Guitars today?!
« Reply #32 on: March 14, 2016, 12:04:31 PM »
Hello,
I am David the design engineer of Parker Guitar.
I work at USM for 18 years and still do freelance work.
It is sad the US factory is over but I am hoping for the rebirth of Parker Guitar one day.
If you all have any question I can answer.
Thank you
DV
 

This is going to be an interesting thread!
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Re: The state of Parker Fly Guitars today?!
« Reply #33 on: March 14, 2016, 12:41:58 PM »
Hello,
I am David the design engineer of Parker Guitar.
I work at USM for 18 years and still do freelance work.
It is sad the US factory is over but I am hoping for the rebirth of Parker Guitar one day.
If you all have any question I can answer.
Thank you
DV
 

Hi Dave,
what about the parts?
Has all the inventory been sold? What about maintenance?
I live in Europe and I have three Parker guitars. Who should I get in touch with when I need support?

Who do you think is going to resurrect the brand?
I don't see anyone...

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Re: The state of Parker Fly Guitars today?!
« Reply #34 on: March 16, 2016, 08:22:17 PM »
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Who do you think is going to resurrect the brand?
I don't see anyone...
If anyone does, IMO the only way to resurrect it is to get the guitars in the hands of high-profile players.

I read that Fender was about to discontinue the Strat, and then Jimi Hendrix came along. Clapton, Jeff Beck, and a few others, keep the sales rolling.

Jimmy Page and Slash probably sold more Les Pauls than Les Paul.

PRS, Ibanez, and Ric have their guitar hero players as well.

People see their guitar heroes playing a particular brand guitar and they want one like it (especially the younger players). They see the player using the tool for amazing things, and it builds an association in the human brain with the tool.

Wow _______ is a great player, he/she chose this guitar and can afford anything, so it must be the best tool for the job.

Besides, we are social animals. We want to belong to the group we choose.

It happens with everything, not only guitars. A few stars got tattoos a decade or two ago, and all of a sudden everyone wanted tattoos. The 'good guys' drove black SUVs on TVs and in the movies 10 or so years ago, and all of a sudden there are black SUV's everywhere.

So IMO unless you can get Parkers in the hands of some 'guitar gods' and have them play that guitar every time they are on camera, it isn't going to work.

And it's a shame, because I truly think Parkers are better than Gibsons and Fenders.

But I suppose this has all been said before on this very forum.

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« Reply #35 on: March 17, 2016, 08:54:24 AM »
<...snip...>
Who do you think is going to resurrect the brand?
I don't see anyone...
If anyone does, IMO the only way to resurrect it is to get the guitars in the hands of high-profile players.

I read that Fender was about to discontinue the Strat, and then Jimi Hendrix came along. Clapton, Jeff Beck, and a few others, keep the sales rolling.

Jimmy Page and Slash probably sold more Les Pauls than Les Paul.

PRS, Ibanez, and Ric have their guitar hero players as well.

People see their guitar heroes playing a particular brand guitar and they want one like it (especially the younger players). They see the player using the tool for amazing things, and it builds an association in the human brain with the tool.

IMO, yes and no. There are well known players that use pointy guitars and someone buys one and then later doesn't like it anymore because it's too pointy and "doesn't look as cool as a ____", so then sometime later it's in a pawn shop with a $50 price tag on it.

Seems to me that the biggest barrier for the Fly is the looks. Almost everyone is looking for a Strat, Tele or Les Paul, or a derivative of those. Ibanez generally doesn't make "weird looking guitars", I've always considered the RG and similar series guitars to really be a highly modified Strat design. PRS guitars to me are just a highly modified Les Paul design.

Couple that with the price tag, and well I'm not surprised that it's come to this. Only a few players out of the masses can appreciate the original Ken Parker design. They should have kept the micro brewery mentality instead of going with a mass production mindset, that's what drove the final nail into the coffin.
« Last Edit: March 17, 2016, 08:58:28 AM by Paul Marossy »

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Re: The state of Parker Fly Guitars today?!
« Reply #36 on: April 11, 2016, 03:16:23 AM »
Good news!!!!!!!!! We can read this in the official page:

"To our loyal PArker guitars enthusiast, The parker guitar line up is currently being updated for re-released in 2017. To receive future notices for when the exciting new models will be available, please sign up for our mailing list at the bottom of this page. Thank you for your continued support!"

The return of PArker Guitars. New models and support for our old parkers.  :D

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« Reply #37 on: April 11, 2016, 04:40:19 AM »
Well that's very exciting!
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« Reply #38 on: April 11, 2016, 05:13:30 AM »
OMG! This is a huge surprise and it certainly deserves its own thread:

http://forums.parkerguitars.com/index.php/topic,16179.0.html
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