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Offline pirassic

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Re: The rebirth of Parker Guitars?
« Reply #45 on: September 14, 2016, 03:18:40 AM »
Do US Music still own the Parker brand?

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« Reply #46 on: September 14, 2016, 06:42:54 AM »
Believe so, USM Became a subsidy of Jam Industries a few years back however

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Re: The rebirth of Parker Guitars?
« Reply #47 on: September 14, 2016, 10:15:47 AM »
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That said, my Korean PM20 is a stellar off-shore guitar.
  Even as a used instrument there are no finish flaws.
My duo partner's Korean PM10 has such a nice build and finish quality, that I took a chance on a mail order US Parker DF and am very happy with it -- so happy I ordered a custom job.

To see the seam where the neck joins the body on her PM10, you have to take it into the bright sunlight. The grain almost matches and the stain is exactly the same color.

I have a Korean (Peerless factory) Epiphone Casino and it also has outstanding build quality.

Although I prefer to buy USA (just because) I have no problem with an import. A musician asks another without regard to race or creed, "Can you play well?" and that's all that matters. I ask of a new instrument, "Do you play well?" and that's all that matters.

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Re: The rebirth of Parker Guitars?
« Reply #49 on: November 07, 2016, 09:21:25 PM »
Nicely written article with a few sound bites from Ken
https://reverb.com/news/the-difficulties-of-innovating-guitar-makers-and-the-burden-of-nostalgia?_aid=newsletterint&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=7f4bac1784-rnContent_20161023_uk&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5889ed6702-7f4bac1784-61032241

I just finished reading this and it's one of the best "this kind of things" I've read in years. If you have the time, I can't recommend it enough.

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Re: The rebirth of Parker Guitars?
« Reply #50 on: November 09, 2016, 08:42:05 PM »
Reverb has some interesting articles,

I'm a function guy, Parker tech made it for me, the style is a bonus.
Life is too short to play boring guitars.

Alas I preach to the choir......more beer!
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« Reply #51 on: November 19, 2016, 08:13:39 AM »
Anyone know where Terry Atkins has ended up with the shut down of the U.S. factory?  I know some of the Parker purists didn't like many of the changes Terry instituted in the design, but I was always really impressed with his passion and true reverence for what Ken had created.  Terry really wanted to keep the guitars and the brand alive.  I wonder what those final days of the factory were like for him?

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Re: The rebirth of Parker Guitars?
« Reply #52 on: November 19, 2016, 08:24:48 AM »
Totally agree, Terry is awesome. He knows guitars, and he loved parkers.

Imho the forum would not have been nearly as useful without him,
and he also listened to feedback from us. I don't think he got the right support
 from usm and had really tight budgets to deal with.

But today I believe he's doing medical device work in Chicagoland.
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« Reply #53 on: November 19, 2016, 08:47:10 AM »
Interesting that Terry is no longer working in guitar production.  That's a real loss to the industry, but I guess its a sign of the times.

I certainly would love to see Parker reborn; if anything just so that their technology will live on in some new iteration of the guitars.

IMHO, where Parker failed was in marketing.  I told Terry many times that their problem was that guitarists just didn't really understand what made Parker guitars BETTER than the typical "also-ran" designs that almost every other manufacturer produces.  Parker didn't take advantage of the technology of the web to really show off what their guitars were about (they never even posted pictures of the backs of the guitars, but 3D rotation images would have been a huge improvement).  I know that my friends who have picked up my Parkers have always been amazed by their features and design.  After I help them pickup their jaws of the floor, I would point out:

The stability of the build from the carbon fiber (almost never needs major retuning)
The neck joint profile (made possible by the carbon fiber build)
The incredibly slim body and light weight of most of the models (made possible by carbon fiber)
The feel and playing ease of a carbon glass epoxy fretboard with super-hardened SS frets
The shallow break-over angle for the nut, allowing the entire string length to be utilized (adding to the "slinky and silky" bending feel)
A whammy bar system that was totally rethought to provide better tuning stability and feel

So, for me, it's really about the unique physical characteristics of the Parker Fly that I have not seen duplicated in any other guitar.  Electronics and pickup innovations show up on other guitars.  SS frets show up on other guitars.  Even carbon fiber shows up on a few rare models, but no manufacturer has put together the whole "package" like a Parker Fly.

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Re: The rebirth of Parker Guitars?
« Reply #54 on: November 19, 2016, 10:48:31 AM »
Have you guys seen this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3MLqAdOUDA
< I can't recall how to post YouTube videos on this forum >

Something like this is what Parker should have had on their web site years ago.

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« Reply #55 on: November 19, 2016, 12:54:11 PM »
Have you guys seen this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3MLqAdOUDA

Pretty good overall, but ...

1. Refining occurred under Ken's ownership, about a year before the sale to USM.

2. Original Flys had no truss rods? I've never heard that before. Who here can confirm or disprove this? If it's true, when exactly were truss rods added?
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« Reply #56 on: November 19, 2016, 02:16:36 PM »
Have you guys seen this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3MLqAdOUDA

Pretty good overall, but ...

1. Refining occurred under Ken's ownership, about a year before the sale to USM.

2. Original Flys had no truss rods? I've never heard that before. Who here can confirm or disprove this? If it's true, when exactly were truss rods added?

Yeah, he didn't quite get everything right in his presentation.  If you read through the comments on the YouTube page you'll see that he was corrected on a number of things.  I counted about 3 or 4 things that he had wrong.

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Re: The rebirth of Parker Guitars?
« Reply #57 on: November 23, 2016, 06:16:27 PM »
Original flys had a truss wire vs rod.
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Re: The rebirth of Parker Guitars?
« Reply #58 on: November 23, 2016, 06:30:53 PM »
Original flys had a truss wire vs rod.

Yes indeed. Perhaps that's what he was talking about ... but anyone listening to his words would think he's saying they had nothing at all.
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Re: The rebirth of Parker Guitars?
« Reply #59 on: January 22, 2017, 03:22:01 PM »
Have you guys seen this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3MLqAdOUDA

Pretty good overall, but ...

1. Refining occurred under Ken's ownership, about a year before the sale to USM.

2. Original Flys had no truss rods? I've never heard that before. Who here can confirm or disprove this? If it's true, when exactly were truss rods added?


Yeah my '93 Artist prototype has a truss rod. I think the dude was referring to Ken's ORIGINAL pre-production design.
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