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Offline Auriemma

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Hi, new here and to Parker
« on: July 16, 2016, 03:39:00 PM »
Hi all, my name is Joe and it's been 4 hours since my last guitar acquisition.
** crowd replies... HI JOE **

I've been playing guitar for over 40 years and I just got my first Parker.  A used P38. Looks like an ash body with a maple/rosewood neck/fretboard.

 I traded a problematic Fender MiM Strat for it plus some cash.  Probably over paid.  But I've always wanted a Parker.

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After a thorough cleaning and setup, I'm finding some issues with the Piezo side of it.  The G & A string volumes are lower than the rest and the D string has a fuzzy tinge to the sound.  Could it just be a low battery or do I have a bad pickup?  Opinions please.

Next question I hope is a simple one.  It's made in Korea, serial P1200087.  What year was it made?

Thanks in advance.
« Last Edit: July 16, 2016, 04:23:10 PM by Auriemma »
--- Joe ---
'77 Bradley Les Paul Custom
'07 PRS CE22 Maple Top
'11 PRS McCarty 58 Artist
'95/'02 Fender Strat MiM
'99 Gibson Les Paul Standard "DC" Lite
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'06 Ovation Elite-T 1868T-5
'12 Martin GPCPA4 Rosewood

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Re: Hi, new here and to Parker
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2016, 08:29:51 PM »
Ok... I found this about P series serial numbers...
.... And just to summarize the serial# thing for P-Series guitars...

Serial#'s starting with P are Month/Year/Production#

Serial#'s without the P are Year/Month/Production#

Thanks for all the info!!
So that would make it made in 12/2000.
That's a start...

Any other help would be appreciated... Such as where to get replacement piezo saddles. Does Parker still carry them?  Or Fishman?
--- Joe ---
'77 Bradley Les Paul Custom
'07 PRS CE22 Maple Top
'11 PRS McCarty 58 Artist
'95/'02 Fender Strat MiM
'99 Gibson Les Paul Standard "DC" Lite
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'06 Ovation Elite-T 1868T-5
'12 Martin GPCPA4 Rosewood

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Re: Hi, new here and to Parker
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2016, 08:41:00 PM »
Wiguitar on eBay has tons of saddles. Take your pick

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Re: Hi, new here and to Parker
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2016, 08:55:43 PM »
Just did.  I didn't see anything resembling the peizo saddle for the P38.
Those others are for American Parkers.
--- Joe ---
'77 Bradley Les Paul Custom
'07 PRS CE22 Maple Top
'11 PRS McCarty 58 Artist
'95/'02 Fender Strat MiM
'99 Gibson Les Paul Standard "DC" Lite
---
'06 Ovation Elite-T 1868T-5
'12 Martin GPCPA4 Rosewood

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Re: Hi, new here and to Parker
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2016, 11:21:14 PM »
Pretty sure that is a wilkinson tremolo.
You can get graphtech string saver saddles or
Piezo for under $100.

The piezo part is "ghost pn-8200-00".
Do a search for that and see what you can find.

That's a really pretty guitar.

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Offline Auriemma

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Re: Hi, new here and to Parker
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2016, 04:36:25 AM »
The manual says it is a Custom Wilkinson trem with Fishman peizo saddles.  They are narrower than the Ghosts.  It looks like Fishman still sells it, or at least a version of it.



And yes, that is a pick under the bridge.  I didn't like the bridge resting directly on the body.

Thanks, she is pretty.  I'm still playing with the setup.

What size string set came on these?  I'm using Slinky 10-46, and they feel stiff
« Last Edit: July 17, 2016, 05:06:17 AM by Auriemma »
--- Joe ---
'77 Bradley Les Paul Custom
'07 PRS CE22 Maple Top
'11 PRS McCarty 58 Artist
'95/'02 Fender Strat MiM
'99 Gibson Les Paul Standard "DC" Lite
---
'06 Ovation Elite-T 1868T-5
'12 Martin GPCPA4 Rosewood

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Re: Hi, new here and to Parker
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2016, 03:30:16 PM »
Graph tech makes saddles that will fit both the vs100 and vs50 tremolo. The size is the same and graph tech just makes the one set.

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« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2016, 03:44:08 PM »
Thanks TinMachine.  I didn't find those, only the wider version.
That will save me a nice chunk of change.
--- Joe ---
'77 Bradley Les Paul Custom
'07 PRS CE22 Maple Top
'11 PRS McCarty 58 Artist
'95/'02 Fender Strat MiM
'99 Gibson Les Paul Standard "DC" Lite
---
'06 Ovation Elite-T 1868T-5
'12 Martin GPCPA4 Rosewood

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Re: Hi, new here and to Parker
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2016, 03:46:54 PM »
Sportitech on eBay is the cheapest price. I think $99?

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Re: Hi, new here and to Parker
« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2016, 04:02:15 PM »
It says..
"These saddles will work with any of our ghost loaded preamp kits."

Are they drop in replacements for the originals?   I'm assuming some soldering is required.
--- Joe ---
'77 Bradley Les Paul Custom
'07 PRS CE22 Maple Top
'11 PRS McCarty 58 Artist
'95/'02 Fender Strat MiM
'99 Gibson Les Paul Standard "DC" Lite
---
'06 Ovation Elite-T 1868T-5
'12 Martin GPCPA4 Rosewood

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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2016, 09:39:36 AM »
I believe the Fishman use a single solder point under the bridge. All 6 go to one single point. So yes,  you will need to cut the ends off the graph tech saddles and solder. I've used graph tech saddles in a Fishman system with excellent results. 

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« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2016, 12:47:13 PM »
Sporthitech was out of the Graphtech Peizo saddles, so I got them through Anthill Music along with a summing connector (to connect all the peizos, no soldering).  But they didn't have the connector cable, but Sporthitech did.  And a set of Sperzel tuners at a good price (the original tuners were swapped out for cheap non lockers). 

I should have all the parts soon enough. 

Thanks for the help.
--- Joe ---
'77 Bradley Les Paul Custom
'07 PRS CE22 Maple Top
'11 PRS McCarty 58 Artist
'95/'02 Fender Strat MiM
'99 Gibson Les Paul Standard "DC" Lite
---
'06 Ovation Elite-T 1868T-5
'12 Martin GPCPA4 Rosewood

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Re: Hi, new here and to Parker
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2016, 08:53:18 PM »
Wiguitar sells his sperzel dirt cheap. Like $25

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Re: Hi, new here and to Parker
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2016, 09:18:50 PM »
Wiguitar sells his sperzel dirt cheap. Like $25
Must be out.
--- Joe ---
'77 Bradley Les Paul Custom
'07 PRS CE22 Maple Top
'11 PRS McCarty 58 Artist
'95/'02 Fender Strat MiM
'99 Gibson Les Paul Standard "DC" Lite
---
'06 Ovation Elite-T 1868T-5
'12 Martin GPCPA4 Rosewood

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« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2016, 09:17:49 AM »
He has thousands.  Just ask him. I bought enough do to like 6 guitars.  Just know that some of the nuts are incorrect.  He will send you more if you run into that. I had at least a dozen like that.