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Offline justwatching

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« on: April 03, 2008, 08:17:50 AM »
You will probably find more helpful information here:
http://www.parkerguitars.com/forum/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=24

But this thread might also help.

Hope this helps new and old users alike.

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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2008, 08:28:27 AM »
Contributed (from another thread) by Laughinglarry:
http://forums.parkerguitars.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7106
This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions.
Differences in Refined and Pre-Refined Fly's.
PRE-REFINED

Controls: Master Volume, Mag volume, Mag tone, Piezo volume, Piezo tone (concentrically stacked).
Trem wheel: that's the part that sticks through the front of the guitar; it's used to determine spring force, and sets the MODE of use (fixed, bend-down only, or floating). Acts as a "Master Tuning Knob" (so when you switch from down-only to floating the guitar stays in tune).
3-way switch: Neck/ INSIDE COIL of neck and bridge (approximates a single-coil sound supposedly)/ Bridge
MODE Switch: Selects between down-only trem mode and floating. Easily accessible, but many have found they've needed to TAPE it in the down-only position. (It can get bumped while playing.)
OUTPUT JACK: Stereo output, with a tiny red switch that allows you to select true stereo output (mag to tip, piezo to ring) or summed output (for using a single amp and getting both piezo and mag through a mono cable)
WIRING: Pre-refined used a Fishman preamp that's wired with a ribbon cable. The preamp and cable are no longer available, so if the preamp dumps, the standard workaround is to rewire point-to-point. Pre-refined Flys also have a battery indicator light on the back: it will light when a cable is inserted. If it starts glowing during use, the battery is low, and should be changed.

REFINED
Controls: Mag volume, mag tone, piezo volume, coil-tap (push/pull pot)
3-Way switch: Neck/ both/ bridge
Trem wheel: doesn't stick through the front - need a tool (I think) to adjust
MODE Switch: internal - needs a tool to change modes, but cannot get dislodged during play like the pre-refined.
OUTPUT Jack: Smart Switch - if you're using a stereo cable, you get stereo (mag/piezo) output. If you're using a mono cable, you get blended output.
WIRING: Point-to-point - more serviceable than the ribbon.

"Refining" occured in 2003, US Music's acquisition was in 2004.


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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2008, 10:51:11 AM »
Thanks, Jeff and Larry, this is really helpful stuff!  It answers all the questions I had regarding the differences between the two "kinds" of Flys.  Good stuff.

Casey

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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2008, 12:31:25 PM »
One small addition to my previous post: The trem arm also changed from a haxagonal steel to a round steel bar (both still have the nice little foam tip though [;)]).

Larry

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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2008, 06:46:40 PM »
Pupthology:

Gen 1 Dimarzio's are great if you like them.(Slightly cleaner than 2)
Gen 2's are great if you like them. (slightly higher output than 1)
Seymor Duncan's are great if you like them. (available only in Mojo)

Gen. 1 Fly pups were used from 1993 through March of 1999. They had the original DiMarzio pickups, which were based on the Air Norton for the neck position and the Tone Zone for the bridge position. These are identified by a non italisized "block lettered" DiMarzio logo, which is 3/8" long.


Gen 2 Flys pups have been used since April of 1999. They are DiMarzio's newer Parker Fly Custom Neck #PHWP1, and Parker Fly Custom Bridge #PHWP2. These are identified by a slanted italisized DiMarzio logo, which is 5/8" long.


-Because Fly pup cavities are unique (small and shallow), modifications will be required to install most non factory pups.

-The Mojo pup cavity is factory milled larger than the other model Flys to accomadate the Duncans.

-Because of the rigidity and light weight of the Fly, a particular pup that you have heard in a traditional guitar will sound different in a Fly (probably brighter).

An easier way to modify your tone if you want to try something different is to simply send your stock pups back to either Dimarzio or Seymour Duncan (no matter which one made them) and they will rewind your coil/mag according to the tone you seek at a very reasonable cost. That way they will fit back in your guitar without the hassle of cavity or pup surgery.




Add any useful pup info links here:
http://www.guitar.com.au/pickups/dimarzio/humbukers/parker_f_n.html
http://www.guitar.com.au/pickups/dimarzio/humbukers/parker_f_b.html


If you think its broken, change your battery.

If you are sure its broken, CHANGE YOUR BATTERY.



No, you can't play one before you buy one. Just buy it. The model doesn't matter because you will be buying them all eventually anyway.

Hope that helps[;)]

FAQ:
http://forums.parkerguitars.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3502&SearchTerms=FAQ




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« Last Edit: April 19, 2008, 09:30:41 AM by Bill »
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2008, 02:20:16 PM »
Serial Numbers: Here, I think, is most of the info you'll need to date/identify a Parker Fly:

PRIOR TO 2003: Flys will have the six digit code. The first three digits are the day of the year, the next two are the number in that days production, and the last digit is the year.

2003 - 2006: Both 6 & 7 digit numbers were reportedly used. The first three digits are the day of the year, the next two are the number in that days production, and the last digit (or two digits) designate the year. Any doubts regarding the year of manufacture during this period can be cured by a quick examination of the control layout. If it is a "Refined Fly" (see above) it is 2003 or later.

AFTER 2006: Flys changed to a P followed by a seven digit code. The first two digits are the year, the next two are the number of the month, the next two are the number of the day it was completed, and the last number is that days production number.

The following abbreviations for wood used on the guitar in question (included at the end of serial numbers before 2006, placed elsewhere on the headstock after 2006) should help w/ identification of the model. Neck wood is always listed first.

B = Basswood
R = Redwood
P = Poplar
C = Cedar
MH = Mahogany
MA = Maple
SP = Sitka Spruce
SS = Sitka Spruce (yes, the code was changed)
BN = Butternut
MM = Mahogany neck and body (Mojo)
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2008, 08:33:03 PM »
quote:
Originally posted by Bill



No, you can't play one before you buy one. Just buy it. The model doesn't matter because you will be buying them all eventually anyway.

Hope that helps[;)]

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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2008, 08:26:19 AM »
Wiring for Pre-refined.
From forum member Jwrooker
http://forums.parkerguitars.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7158




More detailed PDF:

http://www.jwrooker.com/images/parkerforum/ParkerSchematic.pdf


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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2008, 08:26:17 AM »
One of the frequently asked questions that I've seen:

"My Volume knob gets turned down easily when I play.  Is there a way to 'tighten' the knob so that it's harder to turn?"

The answer is YES - you can do it easily with O-Rings.  This will work with factory or aftermarket knobs, though the size may vary depending on YOUR knobs.  I used #47 (11/32" OD X 7/32" ID) and #78 (7/16" OD X 1/4" ID) O-rings from a hardware store - one of the knobs needed one of each, the other just the #78 (this is on a guitar with ALLPARTS Knurled Dome knobs).  On my stock knobs a single #78 works fine.

The O-Ring makes contact with the nut that holds the pot in place, not with the guitar body itself, so there's no need to worry about any damage to the guitars finish.

Larry

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« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2008, 11:32:50 PM »
This is a site for those interested in Parkers to help one another learn, share opinions, and occasionally entertain.

This site is owned by Parker, but it is not for customer service. It is not routinely monitored by USM. There are no paid posters here. Please do not expect anyone from USM to hear you on the forum and magically solve your problem. If you need that kind of intervention, call Parker's customer service dept directly.

Politeness and mutual respect are expected and are the norm here. Don't be a shy lurker because everyone is welcome. Its a great forum. It was created for YOU.

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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2008, 05:25:39 PM »
I've been wondering for a long time now...

Which grade of stainless is used for the tangless frets on Flys?
 

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« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2008, 02:03:43 PM »
I have a question. Do they still make the Fly Mojo SC in Dusty Black?

'07 Fly Deluxe-Dusty Black
'07 Peavey ValveKing 1x12
"There can be no any without one"-Will Hansen
'07 Fly Deluxe- Dusty Black
'10 Gibson Les Paul Traditional Plus
'11 Suhr Modern Custom (ON ORDER)
'10 Mesa/Boogie Mark V head
'00s Randall MTS 2x12
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« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2008, 02:48:40 PM »
Eruption,

I called them for you and I was told yes they still make the Dusty Black on these.
List is $3100.00 US, map is $2300.00. Your millage may very of course.
Sorry for nosing around but, I love a happy ending!I don't work for Parker.But, if they want to compensate I take 3%....Kidding..
That and I'm home watching the 3 month old. So, I've got time on my hands.
Good luck!
TT
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« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2008, 03:10:29 PM »
thats great dude! thanks!

'07 Fly Deluxe-Dusty Black
'07 Peavey ValveKing 1x12
"There can be no any without one"-Will Hansen
'07 Fly Deluxe- Dusty Black
'10 Gibson Les Paul Traditional Plus
'11 Suhr Modern Custom (ON ORDER)
'10 Mesa/Boogie Mark V head
'00s Randall MTS 2x12
TC Electronic Flashback Delay/ISP Decimator
...and some strange beautiful secrets...

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« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2008, 08:07:44 PM »
Well there goes the FAQ thread again.

We have tried this numerous times:

http://forums.parkerguitars.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3489&SearchTerms=FAQ

http://forums.parkerguitars.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3968&SearchTerms=FAQ


Anyway, I hope that Jeff(justwatching) will get with Bill(the forum computer guy--not me ) and establish a thread heading of "FAQ" to consolidate this stuff into once and for all.

I would lock it so no one but moderator could make a post. Forum members with a FAQ contribution suggestion could email the moderator and make a recommendation. The moderator could choose whether it was germaine to the FAQ and important enough to add or not.

This thread is destined to be lost because of the obscureish tittle anyway. It took me awhile to find it again and I knew it existed.


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