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Author Topic: Tried three Parkers over the years. Third time's the charm  (Read 83 times)

Offline ericzero

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Tried three Parkers over the years. Third time's the charm
« on: November 09, 2018, 07:18:51 AM »
Hi, all.

Like many people, I was always intrigued by Parkers, but it's not easy to find one to play. About two years ago I found a NiteFly V1 in a local shop in pretty good shape. While I like the vibrato and neck, the sound was disappointing through the amp I had at the time. Very thin and plinky, compared to a Fender Strat I also tried. I kept it for three days and returned it.

Then two weeks ago I spotted a '94 Fly Deluxe on eBay. I had a little money to play with so ended up winning it. It was very heavily used, though not abused. However, one fret had been re-glued pretty badly: it was actually crooked, with some superglue residue around it, another was coming up on the treble side, and a third was high enough I was worried. In addition, I really didn't care for the "both pickups" sound (I've read about the wiring fix), all the pots were a little loose feeling, and I couldn't for the life of me get the thing to stay in tune. Spent a day carefully setting it up, it had the right spring for the new strings I put on, I know how locking tuners work, and I've had guitars with Bigsbys I could abuse and stay in tune. Not this guitar. So, returned to seller because the frets coming off made it uplayable anyway.

So much for Parkers, I thought. Then, the day I sent the Fly off, a NiteflyV2 popped up for sale at a very good price. It looked clean and the seller seemed knowledgable. Okay, third time lucky, I hoped.

Heck yes. It was undersold in the listing: it's so close to new condition it could pass as new in a Guitar Center. Two little nicks on top, barely visible, and the usual pickguard wear. So clean you could serve breakfast on it, had the T-wrench and a pair of bridge-post-stabilizing washers in the case if I needed them. (The posts are leaning forward enough to just wrinkle the pickguard on the treble side, so next time I put strings on, I'll pull the bridge and install the washers to keep them straight. It's intonated well so I'm not stressing.)

And it sounds great! Since I tried the first Nitefly, I have switched to a Fractal modeling setup so I have two basic presets, one using a Matchless DC-30 sound and one using a modded Marshall sound. It sounded pretty good on the Marshall setup, but just came alive on the Matchless, doing the chimey sounds I'd expect but being able to the Teh Brootalz on the bridge pickup on the high-gain setting.

Neck is straight as a Kansas highway, action is stoopid-low but no rattles, and it keeps its pitch like a pop starlet hopped up on Antares Auto-Tune® (set up to dive only). I'm absolutely delighted with this guitar. I dunno why the first NF I tried was so disappointing in terms of sound: I played with pickup height and had fresh strings on both. Maybe it just was not the right amp (a Mesa-Boogie Express 5:25) for that guitar. It's a great sound on this rig.

Now to be sure I have a few key spare parts for the years ahead, as those inevitably get harder to find.

Re: Tried three Parkers over the years. Third time's the charm

Offline Patzag

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Re: Tried three Parkers over the years. Third time's the charm
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2018, 10:31:52 AM »
Congrats! And welcome to the club.  Many years of pleasure ahead!
Teal Fly Classic 1998 / White Deluxe Hard Tail 1994 /Axe FX II

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Offline jb63

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Re: Tried three Parkers over the years. Third time's the charm
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2018, 01:57:55 PM »
The best thing about the old nitefly was that you can beat the hell out of it and it just keeps going. As long as there are no chips in the neck, you can keep driving that thing forever! I don’t know how many lemons there were, they were my favorite guitars for quite a while and I only had one that I had to actually set up.

I still feel like the nitefly is the one that will outlast the fly in the field.