Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length

Author Topic: YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)  (Read 3581 times)

Offline masterbassist

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 7
    • http://www.myspace.com/MusicMisha
YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)
« on: September 16, 2005, 12:17:16 AM »
Greetings, all,

I have a '99 Fly Classic, which (unfortunately) hasn't been getting much play time lately.  Some time ago, after a period of not playing it, I pulled it out of its case, only to discover that the acoustic part is (how shall I say it?) dead.  That's right -- D-E-D -- dead.  No piezo sound in either stereo or mono mode.  When I push the red button, all I hear is a loud 'pop', but no piezo sound.

I've seen talk of piezo saddles giving up the ghost after several years -- could this be my problem?

Please advise -- and possibly steer me towards someplace where I can buy any needed parts.

Thanks, all!

Mike
Don't take any wooden nickels from strangers!

YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)

Offline captain_rusty

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 536
    • http://www.s3cretcode.com
YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2005, 01:22:24 AM »
At the risk of asking a stupid question, did you check the battery?

2001 Fly Classic -> Ibanez WD7 wah -> Behringer V-Ampire head / Red Bear MK60 -> two 1x12 Fane cabinets
David

2001 Fly Classic -> Digitech GSP1101 -> PA.
Band web page: www.s3cretcode.com

YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)

Offline masterbassist

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 7
    • http://www.myspace.com/MusicMisha
YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2005, 07:31:52 AM »
As it happens, I did.  :)
Don't take any wooden nickels from strangers!

YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)

Offline 908ssp

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 6365
YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2005, 10:10:16 AM »
Welcome to the Parker forum. [:D]

It is unlikely that all your piezo saddles gave up the ghost at the same time. More likely that corrosion or a loose wire either on the board or in the control cavity is your problem. If you want to fix it yourself you need to get in there and start examining it carefully. If you want to get it fixed it would probably be best to send it to Parker for service. I can't imagine how your Classic has languished used unless you gave up playing altogether. [^]

Alex
1996 Parker Fly Deluxe
1998 Parker Fly Classic
1999 Parker NiteFly S/S/H NFV7
2005 Emerald Acoustic X10
2004 Maven Peal Ganesha
2004 Marshall 4x12 Scumbag
Alex

[IMG]http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r245/908ssp/ThumbNails/_1010802.jpg[/IMG

YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)

Offline masterbassist

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 7
    • http://www.myspace.com/MusicMisha
YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2005, 12:53:09 PM »
Well, I've looked, but nothing jumps out.  Think a few squirts of WD-40 may be in order?

As for why the Classic has sat around -- it's complicated...let's just say I'm a guitar freak.  :)

Thanks for the response!

Don't take any wooden nickels from strangers!

YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)

Offline Paul Marossy

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7330
  • Excuse me while I kiss The Fly
YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2005, 09:57:54 AM »
quote:
Think a few squirts of WD-40 may be in order?


NO! Use a cleaner designed for electronics, not WD-40.

__/\\/\\__PJM__/\\/\\__
www.DIYguitarist.com

YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)

Offline ZenFly

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 152
    • http://www.dpopro.com
YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2005, 08:16:37 PM »
That happened to me about 3 years ago at a soundcheck. Only it wasn't just the piezo, it was everything. No sound. Turned out to be the circuit board. This actually is the incident that made me opt for the RMC mod with Axel Rudich. Now I don't have any circuitboard (except the polydrive) or flat wiring, all p to p.

The circuit board is about 125 or so.

'99 Parker Fly Classic w RMC mod
'99 Parker Fly Classic w RMC mod

'05 Mojo

YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)

Offline masterbassist

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 7
    • http://www.myspace.com/MusicMisha
YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2005, 04:47:10 PM »
Hello, all,

Well...cut to three months later, and still the same thing.  I've tried the spray (NOT WD-40...thanks, Paul M.), but still...my Fly only flies at half-mast (electric only).

I've taken it apart I-don't-know-how-many times, checked the wiring, but all seems fine.

Can I, at this point, safely assume that the piezos have somehow all gone to transducer heaven, or is there something else I can do?
Don't take any wooden nickels from strangers!

YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)

Offline JPage

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 817
    • http://www.parkerguitars.com
YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2005, 05:25:29 PM »
Several options:
1. to take it to a tech that you feel is up to the task, have him diagnose the problem, contact our CS, have the parts sent out, and the guitar repaired.
2. contact our CS Dept. directly and have the guitar repaired by us.
Or, you could try to have them diagnose the problem and you can fix it yourself.  We don't prefer that option as we feel that we typically do a good job with repairs (might take a little while) and we also warranty the repair.

If you want to e-mail me your location, I'll check and see if I know a good tech in your area.

Thanks for your post.

John
 

YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)

Offline masterbassist

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 7
    • http://www.myspace.com/MusicMisha
YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2005, 11:37:17 PM »
John,

Check your e-mail.

Thanks,
Mike
Don't take any wooden nickels from strangers!

YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)

Offline JPage

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 817
    • http://www.parkerguitars.com
YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2005, 08:24:42 AM »
Sorry - I did not receive a message from you.
 

YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)

Offline masterbassist

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 7
    • http://www.myspace.com/MusicMisha
YAPP (Yet Another Piezo Problem)
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2005, 02:59:20 PM »
John,

Strange -- I clicked on "Click to send an e-mail" under your profile to send it.

Anyway...doesn't matter...I'm in Lutz, FL (just north of Tampa).

Thanks,
Mike
Don't take any wooden nickels from strangers!