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Offline 21st Century Schizoid Man

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Why did Parker use the ribbon cable?
« on: February 02, 2008, 07:30:36 AM »
Just for my info, why did Parker ever use the old ribbon cabling in pre-"refined" guitars? [?]
I was trying to think of any possible advantages over regular wiring and I couldn't come up with anything. I'd be surprised if it was cheaper than regular wiring?

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Why did Parker use the ribbon cable?

Offline Roland

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Why did Parker use the ribbon cable?
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2008, 09:47:39 AM »
Probably looked as though it would cut the assembly cost.  It also feels "modern", to fit with the other breaks from traditional guitars.  It should be reliable as long as you don't mess with it.  Unfortunately most of us here seem to mess with it one way or another.

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Why did Parker use the ribbon cable?

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Why did Parker use the ribbon cable?
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2008, 10:44:12 AM »
I think that is pretty right. I bet it was Fishman's idea. It makes some sense when you remember the large 1st generation preamp board and that they incorporated things like the tone and volume caps onto that board and not just the preamp and mixer for the piezos. If they had used wired ribbon cable those flat bundles wires I think it would have been better yet because they have a much higher resistance to breakage which is the biggest down fall in the printed circuit type ribbon cable.  Also the high cost of making any changes to the circuit and circuit board are another negative. But these guys honestly thought they were designing the perfect guitar and that nothing would ever need changing. I think it might be important to have that kind of confidence when pushing the boundaries of design but then you need someone to reign them back to reality. I mean if the pots come loose which they do the ribbon cable will break shortly there after not perfect by a long shot.

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