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Offline Tresiaoliver

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« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2017, 07:27:01 PM »
Someone said this to me
Got some really bad news for you. I own not just one, but two of these bad boys and had the same problem with my favorite one.  When Ken Parker designed them originally everything about a Parker was Proprietary. This means that everything about the guitar was made for the guitar and there aren't crossover parts out there to be bought. When Washburn bought them out at the turn of the decade they changed the design of the electronics. They don't stock ANY of the original parts. Unless you get extremely lucky, the chances of finding the parts to repair your guitar may be slim to none.  I haven't had any luck and been looking now for over two years.  I've called Parker/Washburn, Seymour Duncan and Dimarzio to no avail. I just ended up buying another Parker of the same kind and vintage. The newer one is great too, but not as good as my original. You have better luck selling your guitar for parts.  Tose stainless steel frets are also proprietary, Unlike traditional electrics whereby the frets are pressed into the fretboard, Parke frets are glued in. If one happens to fall out and get lost it cannot be replaced. You might find that you can make a lot of money off of this guitar if you disassemble it and sell it in pieces.

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« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2017, 07:27:58 PM »
Also someone said this to me
Got some really bad news for you. I own not just one, but two of these bad boys and had the same problem with my favorite one.  When Ken Parker designed them originally everything about a Parker was Proprietary. This means that everything about the guitar was made for the guitar and there aren't crossover parts out there to be bought. When Washburn bought them out at the turn of the decade they changed the design of the electronics. They don't stock ANY of the original parts. Unless you get extremely lucky, the chances of finding the parts to repair your guitar may be slim to none.  I haven't had any luck and been looking now for over two years.  I've called Parker/Washburn, Seymour Duncan and Dimarzio to no avail. I just ended up buying another Parker of the same kind and vintage. The newer one is great too, but not as good as my original. You have better luck selling your guitar for parts.  Tose stainless steel frets are also proprietary, Unlike traditional electrics whereby the frets are pressed into the fretboard, Parke frets are glued in. If one happens to fall out and get lost it cannot be replaced. You might find that you can make a lot of money off of this guitar if you disassemble it and sell it in pieces

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Offline jefsummers

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« Reply #17 on: August 12, 2017, 08:40:04 PM »
The picture of the back cavity is blurry enough to make it tough to see, but it looks to me like the ribbon cables are gone. I also don't see a battery. I assume you have a fresh battery installed?

A clear picture of the cavity with the chips would help us assess.

This being your first guitar, agree it is WAY better than my first guitar, but the simplest fix may be to bypass the circuit boards and make it magnetic pickups only, until you figure out if guitar is something you are going to stay with (and then invest in doing the repair right to get the piezos operational too).
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« Reply #18 on: August 13, 2017, 10:55:38 AM »
Hi!  Congrats on your first guitar.
You're very lucky to have a Parker as your first instrument.  And there's almost no guitar that can't be put back together somehow.
The Parker is very tough. Forget your "friend"'s advice, it can be made right!

First, can you take a good picture of the cavity so we can see what's going on.
There's tons of people here who can help you fix this.  And by the way, where are you located?

Let's see the picture and then we can give some sensible advice!
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« Reply #19 on: August 13, 2017, 11:52:59 AM »
... when I plug it in it does nothing.. but the pieces are all detached and it's all discombobulated

Are you aware that the guitar requires a battery to work - and is the battery good?

If you install a good battery and the guitar still 'does nothing', there might be one thing or several things wrong with the electronics. The main board is still there (I can see it in that blurry photo), but there's no telling if it's in good shape or not. Can't see if all the wiring is there either.

This is how the cavity of a fully functional Fly should look:



If any key parts do need to be replaced, it's true that some of them can be hard to find. If things are really bad, it might not be wise to try to restore the electronics to their original condition right now. There's too much unknown, and you need some fundamental Fly knowledge to do good testing and repairs.

Another option is that you could fairly easily set it up with normal passive pickup wiring in order to get that much working, then play it for a while to see how it goes. If you like using it that way, you might decide to get a nicer one in good condition at some point. Save all the extra parts, though, just in case you might want to sell them separately sometime.

I wouldn't worry about any frets falling off. That's a very rare occurrence.
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« Reply #20 on: August 14, 2017, 12:55:03 PM »
You know, I think we've seen that guitar before, there was an old thread showing hacked up and broken parkers on ebay. 

This one, iirc, was white but with some crazy pinstriping or flames or something, and being sold by some cowboy band in texas. 

As for why, I would imagine the horn broke somehow and they got creative. 

Your friend could probably make a new horn pretty easily but the hard part is putting it back on the guitar reliably.  That said, they managed with this one, so maybe worth thinking about.  She could make the horn first and then you decide if it's good enough to go with. I'd be interested to hear what she has in mind for joinery.  Personally, I probably wouldn't mess with it at this point.

As for the electronics, check the battery first.  If they're still not working, you can just wire the pickups like any other guitar, and skip the electronic circuit board and battery for now.  There's new and smaller preamp pcbs you can buy, but no need at this point.

As for the frets, make sure you don't clean the fretboard with any solvents or use any oils or fast fret type lube.  It will hurt the glue bond between frets and fretboard, and you might have some fall off.  (Even this can be fixed, though best to avoid it.)  Just a damp clean cloth will be enough to clean things up.

Regardless of how it looks, it's much nicer than my first guitar.  Congrats, enjoy it! 
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« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2017, 05:56:11 PM »
I really love this guitar. I don't have a battery or amp so I've just been practicing on it so I've never even gotten to hear it play with an amp... Ugh. Someone on Craigslist offered me a bugera 2x12 amp with a made in Japan Epiphone style guitar . I would want something extremely metal looking if I were gonna trade this guitar for snother. But I don't think I'll ever be able to get this one complete to play it and I'm thinking that if someone else can and would take careof it then k would trade it .I might cry tho if I let it go I really love it..

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« Reply #22 on: August 15, 2017, 08:41:04 PM »
I really love this guitar. I don't have a battery or amp so I've just been practicing on it so I've never even gotten to hear it play with an amp... Ugh. Someone on Craigslist offered me a bugera 2x12 amp with a made in Japan Epiphone style guitar . I would want something extremely metal looking if I were gonna trade this guitar for snother. But I don't think I'll ever be able to get this one complete to play it and I'm thinking that if someone else can and would take careof it then k would trade it .I might cry tho if I let it go I really love it..

Buy a 9v battery take it to the local guitar store and ask if they can help you check it out.

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