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Offline JamieCrain

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Bad news for 2018?
« on: December 30, 2017, 04:00:40 PM »
Hi all
The Facebook page “Parker guitar owners and lovers” is reporting that Parker will *not* be returning in 2018.

Can anyone confirm?

I was really looking forward to the new year... :(
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Offline sybersitizen

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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017, 04:15:07 PM »
Whatever grapevine relays such news, it should come as no surprise. When the Parker landing page 'announcement' was changed from 2017 to 2018 - with no other communication whatsoever - the real message was pretty clear to me.
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Offline marcwormjim

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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2017, 06:21:40 PM »
I’ve been on the news mailing list for several years now, with zero news.

Phil McKnight (Parker owner and YouTube personality who keeps up with this stuff in a professional capacity) recently touched on this in a QnA in which he lamented how little business sense it makes for JAM group to revive a brand with (comparatively) no brand value, at enormous startup cost. He claimed he’d ask exhibitors about Parker if enough people request he do so, but that the lack of NAMM presence will already say it all.
 

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Offline billy

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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2018, 10:14:50 AM »
Jam seemed to be moving away from any direct manufacturing. I doubt they will revive the brand themselves.

My understanding is the Parker brand sale fell through somehow.

The startup cost imho would not be very high, but that primarily assumes a reasonable t&c of the sale.
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Offline sonikk71

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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2018, 04:33:08 PM »
I’ve been on the news mailing list for several years now, with zero news.

Same here... Has anyone ever got an email? So far I haven't heard about it.
 

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Offline JamieCrain

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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2018, 10:01:26 PM »
Have never received an email. Registered more than once too in case the site wasn't working. But there are still occasional facebook posts...
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2018, 11:56:24 AM »
I’ve been on the news mailing list for several years now, with zero news.

Phil McKnight (Parker owner and YouTube personality who keeps up with this stuff in a professional capacity) recently touched on this in a QnA in which he lamented how little business sense it makes for JAM group to revive a brand with (comparatively) no brand value, at enormous startup cost. He claimed he’d ask exhibitors about Parker if enough people request he do so, but that the lack of NAMM presence will already say it all.

Also on the mailing list with no news.

I was at NAMM last year, the USM people were not very interested in talking to anybody beyond themselves it seemed.  The booth didn't have much there beyond acoustics and ukes, and very little traffic.  The most exciting stuff was the Randall amps. 

Also, I like Phil's vids but relatively speaking I don't consider him an authority on Parkers.  Oddly enough, I passed by him there and was going to say hello but it was at the PRS section, which was absolutely packed to bursting.  Telling indeed.

One last item of note is that an old friend ordered a PRS custom nearly a year ago, and he's still waiting, expecting delivery in Feb I think.  Much later than the 3-4 months expected.  Not sure if it may be a sales rep error too.  Just made me think about the waiting time when Parker was doing customs.
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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2018, 03:30:38 PM »
Does anyone know of a guitar shop on the west coast that knows how to work on Pre-refined Parker Fly?. .my only hope was Cascade Guitar Labs ( now Cascade Guitar) in Seattle but they no longer have any
dealings with or have a tech who knows Parker guitars. I have a faulty Piezo system and am in need of a 10 gauge tension spring.
anyone out there can help?
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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2018, 06:04:25 PM »
I can’t help you regarding local techs (hopefully someone will), but since I repair some original Parkers here in the UK, what are the symptoms with your piezo system, out of interest?

Gauge 10 springs seem to be in short supply: has anyone with the necessary machinery managed to fabricate Fly springs?

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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2018, 12:16:53 PM »
Mike Lull Guitar works in Seattle.  He can do pretty much anything with a Fly.
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« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2018, 04:34:11 PM »
unfortunately, bending and tempering a spring like these with any consistency is beyond the scope of most diy'ers.  There was a lot of effort that went into developing a more consistent spring 10-12 years ago.

wiguitar on ebay might have some 10 springs, otherwise, you might find someone here who's willing to part with a spare.

as for the piezo, there's lots of posts here that you might read through and be able to fix it yourself.  In some cases you might not even need to do any soldering.  Post some of your symptoms and we can probably help.
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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2018, 08:28:06 PM »
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unfortunately, bending and tempering a spring like these with any consistency is beyond the scope of most diy'ers.
Without a doubt: there may be some metalwork engineers who could look into it, although it probably wouldn’t be a profitable venture!

I think wiguitar is out of 10s now, but it is certainly worth keeping a eye on eBay and Reverb.

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« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2018, 12:49:59 PM »
It's even beyond that- they went through a number of spring suppliers before they found one who figured out how to do it efficiently and with repeatability.

some springtime (ha ha!) bedtime reading for those so inclined

http://forums.parkerguitars.com/index.php/topic,16635.msg143283.html#msg143283

http://forums.parkerguitars.com/index.php/topic,16618.msg143237.html#msg143237

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« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2018, 05:57:29 PM »
“Bad news for 2018”.....

I emailed Adrian Belew through his website the other day and asked if he knew anything about Parker guitars in 2018 and to get back with me when he had time.

Nothing!  I got nothin!, no reply, no snarky remark from an underling, nuttin honey....cue the crickets.......dang it!



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« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2018, 03:42:38 PM »
Well, Adrian is still playing them. I saw him twice on Cruise to the Edge in Februatry as the Adrian Belew Power Trio, and then as he ran from Customs to a van to get a ride to the airport in Tampa.
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