Yes, and our precious pale blue dot would be a much more beautiful place with more Billy's.
Are you by chance Reeves Gabrels? I know he (you?) used a Parker on Tin Machine recordings – which I loved by the way and still occasionally listen to.
My inner voice says you are correct. When I get the multimeter I will take the PCB out and see if it has a reverse-polarity-protection-fuse underneath the PCB (it certainly doesn't on top) – in a perfect world it would be wise to have a fuse on any PCB, but alas, it is not a perfect world and I fear the worst.
Hi Big Swifty,
Yes, my Parker is a 94 Fly Deluxe, serial number 226144BP – the last 4 =1994 and the B = basswood neck and the P = poplar body which I believe signifies it being a 94 Fly Deluxe, so I have the 14th Fly Deluxe produced on the 226th day of 1994 – if my memory of what the pre-refined Parker serial number means is correct.
I am the only owner, I know that for a fact; I bought it directly from the Korg Rep Allan Pearlman on September 23, 1994 it was his rep Parker Guitar (Korg was distributing Parker Guitars at the time) – I knew Allan and after playing it for about 5 minutes I told him I had to have the guitar right then and there and that he could not leave the music store with it and he laughed and said okay, he was on his way back to NYC anyway and could get another one for his repping, so I bought it formally through the music store we were at (Drome Sound upstate NY) within about 15 minutes after playing it; all the parts are original except for the 9V Battery Snap Connector replacement I personally made a few years ago. And you could be very right on the Parasite Plug Switch not functioning, which would certainly explain the battery drain, maybe that little guitar cable indicator protrusion sitting in the top of the guitar cable input cavity is getting stuck when the guitar cable is pulled out (it is still sliding in and out perfectly fine when I take it out and look at it), thank you very much for bringing that up, that is a very good point and I should have thought of that, I will spray some cleaner in there and work it and test it.
Rochester is a fairly big city with lots of great musicians – I was there a few times many years ago, and I thought it was the one time home of Ken Parker where he worked at a grandfather clock factory and refined his instrument/woodworking craft; so I'm surprised there are not hordes of proud Parker owners in Rochester, especially being that it is a superior guitar – although I am personally fond of the Strat and Tele sound for certain guitar sound needs, but the neck and intonation of the Parker is in my opinion simply the best I have ever played; I never understood the appeal of a Les Paul, they are very uncomfortable to sit down and play and too heavy on the shoulder when strapped on, maybe in the later 60s it was okay for a certain sound, but hell, even Jimmy Page used a late 50s Tele on many of the Zep recordings – certainly exclusively on the first few albums according to what I have read. Ibanez makes good instruments, I have an SR5XXV Limited Edition, and it is a gem of a bass, although I have never owned an Ibanez guitar.
And thank you very much for your email and the attachments of the schematic and the hard wire instructions and the instructions for the Fishman switchjack.
Peace and regards all,