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Re: Parker Fly 12-String Hybrid Project
« Reply #60 on: November 17, 2018, 12:42:30 PM »
Also, fun fact: after lengthy discussions, we're going with the "Rickenbacker 12-string stringing" of low string/high string for each of the courses as opposed to a traditional 12-string which has the higher string one on the bottom of the course.

This stringing will, I'm sure, make a huge difference to the people sitting in the back of the noisy club who are already on their third beer by the time I play the middle section of Stairway  :P
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Re: Parker Fly 12-String Hybrid Project
« Reply #61 on: November 19, 2018, 02:03:05 PM »
HHaha! Play one wrong note in that part and they will call you out!

Yet I am still pretty excited about this.

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Re: Parker Fly 12-String Hybrid Project
« Reply #62 on: November 19, 2018, 02:20:51 PM »
Thanks, man! Me too!! We’re cutting a new nut right now, but first were blocking off to the bridge...although: who wouldn’t love the tuning stability of a 12-string with a floating bridge!!

Will keep you posted!
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Re: Parker Fly 12-String Hybrid Project
« Reply #63 on: December 01, 2018, 08:12:18 AM »
Ta da! I present: the 12-String Fly!









Thank you to everyone on this forum for the help along the way!

Full details of the process here

I also suppose this is as good a time as any to officially announce a new research lab I put together at my institution (WPI) last spring: the Electric Guitar Innovation Lab (EGIL)(http://electricguitarinnovationlab.org). All the work done to this Fly came through this lab with, of course, the help we received on this forum. I'm so thrilled to share this news with everyone, and I hope you find the detailed report interesting! Please let me know if you have any questions!!


And here's a quick demo of what it sounds like:


There are still some slight tweaks we're going to address, but it's a terrific instrument! Thanks again, everyone, for all of the encouragement, advice, and insight throughout this project and in general; this forum is is a terrific resource, and if there's anything that I or my lab can do to give back to this community, just lemme know! 
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Re: Parker Fly 12-String Hybrid Project
« Reply #64 on: December 01, 2018, 08:54:25 AM »
Yow!

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Re: Parker Fly 12-String Hybrid Project
« Reply #65 on: December 01, 2018, 09:01:17 AM »
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Re: Parker Fly 12-String Hybrid Project
« Reply #66 on: December 01, 2018, 09:46:11 AM »
You definitely get points for actually getting these things out and playing them, but the is one pretty guitar. I was thinking you would use an old beat up deluxe but this makes it even better!

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Re: Parker Fly 12-String Hybrid Project
« Reply #67 on: December 01, 2018, 09:54:06 AM »
Hahaha thanks, man! I looked for a beater, but, while I was on the lookout for a project Fly with a low-end budget in mind, Guitar Center had a great deal on that Mojo, so I picked it up! Very pleased that it’s as beautiful as it is! It’s a very thin neck Fly and feels just great!
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Re: Parker Fly 12-String Hybrid Project
« Reply #68 on: December 01, 2018, 09:28:09 PM »
Amazing!

Thanks for sharing the adventure with all of us.  And the result is stunning. 
I'd love to hear the strings ring out and in various contexts. 

Well done!!!!!
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Re: Parker Fly 12-String Hybrid Project
« Reply #69 on: December 01, 2018, 10:53:26 PM »
Thanks, Patzag!!! I’m very happy with it! Thanks so much for all the useful suggestions you’ve made for this thread as well as many, many more threads!

I’ll try to record some additional audio clips soon; I’m also open to loaning it out, though I have no idea how that would work lol PM me if that’s of interest.
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Re: Parker Fly 12-String Hybrid Project
« Reply #70 on: December 02, 2018, 07:06:09 AM »
Wow!
That turned out really well.
Very good project, thanks for letting the forum in on this “little” project.....wonder if KP himself ever sees posts like this?  He should.
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Re: Parker Fly 12-String Hybrid Project
« Reply #71 on: December 02, 2018, 07:14:36 AM »
Thanks! And really my pleasure to share the good news of this!
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Re: Parker Fly 12-String Hybrid Project
« Reply #72 on: December 03, 2018, 03:13:49 PM »
Holy Crapballs, you did it!!

Man, that is incredible, well done.

I'll make one comment though...the headstock/tuner/string solution...looks pretty messy to me, especially within the context of such a well designed guitar.

If i were to make any suggestions.. i would consider redesigning the headstock to maintain the overall elegance of design, ie cut the old one off and graft a new one on. Don't know exactly how you'd do it, but i'm sure it could be done.

However, that's just a quibble, again, what an amazing project. That bridge/tailpiece, great piece of engineering!

Stairway on dude!

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Re: Parker Fly 12-String Hybrid Project
« Reply #73 on: December 03, 2018, 03:26:23 PM »
Thanks, man! It was a long time coming!

Thanks for the suggestion about the headstock; we considered the “decaptiation approach” you suggested, and agreed that the best way to ensure stability was to use the existing headstock; I, personally, kind of like the string-crossing look  ;)

Lol Stairway felt appropriate for a first demo  :P
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Re: Parker Fly 12-String Hybrid Project
« Reply #74 on: December 03, 2018, 03:31:12 PM »
I am truly amazed that you pulled this off !   And the biggest hurdle of all, fitting 12 tuners onto that tiny headstock, I thought would be insurmountable, a real showstopper.  But you have proved me wrong, sir.  Well done.

Can you describe the experience of winding up all of the strings (and truss rod too, I assume) for the first time?   I imagine a real butt clenching one?
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