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Offline Paradox427

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Differences among PM20-Pro models?
« on: November 08, 2018, 11:59:30 AM »
Hi folks! New here, but not new to Parker Guitars. I'm lucky enough to be the original owner of a '95 Fly Deluxe (in red), which has been my favorite guitar since I bought it.
I recently decided I wanted to look at buying another Parker, and I love the looks of the PM20 series. The Pros are especially beautiful with their binding! I have played a regular PM20 in a store, but I've never seen a PM20 Pro in person, so I've been looking at used ones online.
So I believe I want to pickup a PM20 Pro... But there seem to be two major variations, and I'm not finding much information about the differences between them.
I'm including a couple of links solely for reference as to what differences I'm seeing.

This PM20 Pro has the original Parker hockey-stick style headstock and two control knobs:
https://reverb.com/item/14866167-parker-hornet-pm-20-pro-2005-flame-maple-honey-burst

This one has a more PRS-style 3x3 headstock, and four knobs:
https://reverb.com/item/12074231-parker-pm20pro-w-bag

I would personally rather have the 6 inline headstock as it feels more true to the Parker aesthetic to me. In my mind, that headstock design is just really closely linked to Parker guitars, and I've always liked it!
But that's obviously not the only difference, since the controls are different as well, and I don't know what all changed between those variations on the model. If there were significant improvements, maybe I should get the 4-knob version instead? Too bad I can't switch the necks...   :D

Can anyone explain what's really different between the models? Any help is much appreciated!

Re: Differences among PM20-Pro models?

Offline Joerg_L

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Re: Differences among PM20-Pro models?
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2018, 12:33:26 PM »
HI,

Maybe the old catalogs from Parker Guitars can help you?

2007 was the old model with the hockey-stick style headstock and two control knobs:
http://www.parkerguitars.com/support/catalogs/pdf/Parker2007Catalog.pdf

and since 2008 the newer model with the PRS-style 3x3 headstock, and four knobs:
http://www.parkerguitars.com/support/catalogs/pdf/PARKER2008Catalog.pdf
http://www.parkerguitars.com/support/catalogs/pdf/Parker_2009_Catalog.pdf

Regards,
Joerg_L

Re: Differences among PM20-Pro models?

Offline jb63

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Re: Differences among PM20-Pro models?
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2018, 05:27:23 PM »
I've owned a few of the PM24v guitars and they were the ones wired like modern Les Pauls, so that's what the 4-pot/single selector with version will likely be. You can do some reading on the Modern vs. 50's wiring here:

https://www.seymourduncan.com/blog/tips-and-tricks/lespaulwiring

It might be that they were wired 50's style.

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Offline Mr303

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Re: Differences among PM20-Pro models?
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2018, 06:41:24 AM »
My PM 20Pro has 3x3 headstock and a phenolic fret board and it’s lighter than other LP style guitars.
I like the 3x3 since it’s “rare” to see on a Parker.
The finish is really nice, in line with all Parker’s.
Plays like a dream and sings like an angel.
I’m thinning my herd so if you’re interested in buying one feel free to PM me.



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