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Offline ParkerPlayer

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Steve Vai Playing a Fly
« on: April 10, 2017, 06:57:29 PM »
I just found this on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt9niB3gOo8

Appears to be a Re-refined Artist.  If you delete the first 60 seconds where Steve is trying to figure out how to use it and having second thoughts about playing the guitar, it would make for a nice endorsement!
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2017, 08:09:46 AM »
nice find. based on the comments this happened in 2015

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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2017, 05:10:52 PM »
Great video. And no bum notes despite no fret inlay markers. I sometimes get lost on the upper fretboard without the inlays, but then again, I'm not Vai and need as much help as possible!
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2017, 08:48:36 PM »
Great video. And no bum notes despite no fret inlay markers. I sometimes get lost on the upper fretboard without the inlays, but then again, I'm not Vai and need as much help as possible!

I easily notice those ovoid fret markers on the neck.
No inlay on the fingerboard is crisp and clean looking in my opinion and I play off the neck markers more than the fingerboard.
I'd like to have been in the audience.
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2017, 03:08:51 AM »

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No inlay on the fingerboard is crisp and clean looking in my opinion and I play off the neck markers more than the fingerboard.
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Agree it looks much better vs standards dots, but unless my eye is straight over the frets and neck markers on the fly, my brain gets confused. Mostly on the 7 string it seems, but it has a much wider neck.
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2017, 12:39:15 PM »
...unless my eye is straight over the frets and neck markers on the fly, my brain gets confused.

I have the same problem.  I constantly go for the wrong fret when playing higher strings because the dots don't align unless you're looking straight down.
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Offline Big Swifty

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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2017, 04:40:04 AM »
...unless my eye is straight over the frets and neck markers on the fly, my brain gets confused.

I have the same problem.  I constantly go for the wrong fret when playing higher strings because the dots don't align unless you're looking straight down.

You know...after all these years....you guys have just given me one of those "hey wait a minute.." type moments. I too sometimes find myself on the wrong fret up high on the top E string and have not had a reasonable explanation for it beyond "oh well, i f***ed that bit up tonight!"
I practise stuff and can play it, but sometimes come performance time....what the!
This is one of those great little insights, the difference between practising sitting down and performing standing and head/marker/fret viewing angles and not having fretboard markers....never thought about it before.
Cheers!

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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2017, 09:01:36 AM »
Decals.
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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2017, 01:48:09 PM »
Decals.

Agree.  The best kind of decal I can imagine would extend across the full width of the neck making it obvious what fret you are on.  Also needs to be VERY thin so as not to mess up the smoothness of the fret board.  I've made custom vinyl decals but even that .003" thickness is noticeable, and they peel off under hot, sweaty conditions.
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« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2017, 04:40:21 PM »
Interesting... I wonder if Vai would also say it's like "an assault rifle".  ::)

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« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2017, 06:01:26 PM »
Interesting... I wonder if Vai would also say it's like "an assault rifle".  ::)

I see he commented how light it was. That is the exact reason I first switched to Parker. I needed a light guitar for my back and that's how I found Parker. It's one of the few brands that actually publish the weight of the guitar and it's odd that more brands don't because I think it's one of the most important attributes of playability.
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« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2017, 08:26:17 PM »
This video jist now hit guitarworld today. Too little too late? Publicity stunt to get the new Parker brand up and Flying (pun intended) .

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« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2017, 11:13:16 AM »
Looks like all the guitar mags are running this in the emails.  I bet he's groaning and crossing fingers that Ibanez doesn't see it.

Anyway, I thought it didn't sound great through his setup, but could have with some tweakage.
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« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2017, 01:04:15 PM »
This video jist now hit guitarworld today....

and it got about 20,000 views since.  Up to 57K views at the moment.
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