Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length

Recent Posts

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10
1
GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: New Parker Owner
« Last post by JamieCrain on May 27, 2018, 07:16:59 PM »
Boy, this Piezo/Mag stuff is interesting. I just found that Sweetwater sells a "Parker 20 Mag/Piezo Y Cable" that sounds like just what is supposed to be used with my DF 724 guitar......it costs $60!! Was one of these cables supposed to come with the guitar when it was brand new?

Yes. But they are fairly cheaply made. I have three and they have all failed at some point. You can get them made up for you or if you are handy with a soldering iron you can make your own easily enough for less than $60.

Is buying the Y cable worth the cost and will running the piezo and mag signals through different amps provide significantly more sound control and versatility?

Yes absolutely. You don't need it, but IMO it greatly improves the sound variations you can get from the guitar. And as I suggested above, using a Y cable with a modeller (rather than 2 amps) means you can use foot switches to change inputs/patches rather than your hands. It sounds complicated, but it really isn't. For example, you just set Patch 1 (mags) to use the main guitar input, and set Patch 2 (piezo) to use the FX return only. Or, as some have suggested, a blend of the two inputs to get a nice acoustic sound with a little "colour" from the mags.
2
GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: New Parker Owner
« Last post by axejock on May 27, 2018, 06:41:41 PM »
Boy, this Piezo/Mag stuff is interesting. I just found that Sweetwater sells a "Parker 20 Mag/Piezo Y Cable" that sounds like just what is supposed to be used with my DF 724 guitar......it costs $60!! Was one of these cables supposed to come with the guitar when it was brand new? (The manuals suggest that it should have). I checked the actual output jack on the guitar, and it does indeed have a "stereo output jack" (two contact points) and this Y cable is built to work directly with that jack so as to put the piezo signal through one cable and the mag signal through another. But the manuals suggest that the separate cables are not necessary if you don't need ultimate control of both pickup sets and don't have an acoustic or PA amp. Is buying the Y cable worth the cost and will running the piezo and mag signals through different amps provide significantly more sound control and versatility?
Gosh, when I first started with electric guitars back in the early 60's, there was only a volume and tone control on the guitar, and another volume and tone contol on the amp....that sort of technology has advanced a long way!!
3
FLY GUITARS / Re: Master Volume
« Last post by Patzag on May 27, 2018, 06:02:34 PM »
Lol!
There’s just so much BS I’m willing to expose myself to.

Anyhow. I found one and installed it. I’m all good!
4
FLY GUITARS / Re: Master Volume
« Last post by Big Swifty on May 27, 2018, 01:34:07 PM »
5
TECH TALK / Re: refined Fly loose dogbone glued in =>very quiet
« Last post by That_is_a_Knoife on May 27, 2018, 07:47:57 AM »
Here you can find some pictures of the bridge and the dogbone insert:
https://tinyurl.com/ParkerFlyDogboneRepair



On the upper corner of the saddle cavity is the spot I need to isolate. Maybe clear nail polish?

6
FLY GUITARS / Re: Master Volume
« Last post by Patzag on May 27, 2018, 07:33:26 AM »
Thanks. I’m not on FB. Don’t ever plan to be. But I do appreciate the tip!
Patrick
7
FLY GUITARS / Re: Master Volume
« Last post by Big Swifty on May 26, 2018, 11:21:59 PM »
Can't help u myself Patzag, but try posting on the Parker Guitar owners and lovers Facebook page.

I managed to get hold of a working ribbon to replace the broken one a little while ago, and a few other bits.

Worth a try I reckon.

Cheers

B.S.
8
TECH TALK / Re: refined Fly loose dogbone glued in =>very quiet
« Last post by That_is_a_Knoife on May 26, 2018, 10:06:57 AM »
apologies for being unclear, you're not dense.  Much is lost in text.  I will try to make some images that should clear things up- I'd love to help you. 

Right now I can't do that, but I will soon if you want.  If you can post 1-2 pictures that will help too.

To explain a little in the meantime, the main difference here is that I don't think you had good surface to surface contact on the bottom of the dogbone to the top of the piezo- not enough pressure on the piezo.

That glue can cure instantly on contact so it's very possible that it bonded before the dogbone was fully flush. 

If you find the time, I'd be glad to have some further instructions for re-glueing that little ****.

Guys, I got it out.
I first did some testing with heating a small piece of guitar string and with needles, but they cool down too quickly and I was sceptical about attaching a needle with wire to my soldering iron to keep it heated. After some further tests with other glued parts, I took the biggest tip for my Ersa Iron and set it to 400°C (752°F or 673K) and held it on the dogbone for 6 seconds (had a countdown set). Then I gave it 2-3 hits on the long side (facing the neck) with a piece of wood and a small hammer. I grabbed the odd shape with some splinter tweezers from my dads old surgical sets. That was it.
I put a big silicon matt on top of the guitar to protect against doofus contact with the hot iron. (It can't take more than 250°C, but it was better than nothing.)

The saddle itself stayed rather cold. I'll clean up and give it a try to test the piezo.
Hope it still works. I'm optimistic.

EDIT: There was some glue still left on the dogbone so I cleaned the bottom with a fresh razorblade, worked like a charm(had it in my parrot vise). That didn't work so well for the sides, so I used a 12000 micromesh pad. Not perfect, but looks better. I slightly polished the top with the balls as well, since it looked pretty beaten under my cheap stamp loup (x40).
Of course, there is still a small glue surface on top of the piezo pad...as i write this, there is some superglue drying between a hex shaped pencil and a small piece I cut from a razorblade to build a tiny scraper. I've got to be careful.

EDIT2:
I removed the rest of the glue with my tiny piece of razorblade on a pencil. One of my better ideas.
I kept the guitar plugged in and set my small test amp up to max on the clean channel. I stopped my scratching on the piezo pad's surface when I could hear the scratching also on the one end that had superglue residual. I tapped all spots on the top of the pad, and I think i found the reason for the quiet sound.
It seems that part of the pad has a short with the dogbone inserted. I guess it is the spot where the cable connects to the pad. The corners on the bottom of the dogbone have also an angle. I first thought that way they won't get stuck. When i touch that spot, I hear quiet version of bad shiedling, like when you touch the end of the guitar cable jack. One side of the pad(close to the short area) is also a little quieter than the other.
What's left of my grey matter tells me to find some coating I can apply on that tiny area where I get the jack-touch-noise, to prevent that from happening. Question is what do I use?
Like a sort of isolation paint...any ideas?
I get the same noise now when I put the dogbone in and when I press on it on that side.
I'll add some picture, but it's hard to make good pictures at that short distance.
9
GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: New Parker Owner
« Last post by Big Swifty on May 25, 2018, 11:48:18 PM »
Yes, the output can be either stereo - one side mag other side piezo ( don't recall which side is which) or mono with mag/piezo combined.
The fishman pre-amp "auto-senses" the type of plug used (stereo or mono) and sends the appropriate signal.
However apparently this auto sensing feature can be a little flaky at times and is somewhat dependant on what you're plugging your guitar into in order to work correctly.
Never tried it on my DF, but there is info here if you have a search.
Get or make a Y cable and give it a go!

B.S.
10
GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: New Parker Owner
« Last post by axejock on May 25, 2018, 11:00:35 PM »
Let me see if I understand the workings of my DF 724. When we talk about using a Y cable to "separate" the Piezos and the magnetic pups, does this mean that my guitar is equipped with a "stereo output jack" that will carry the mag pups sound in one half of the Y cable, and the piezo signals completely separately in the other half of the Y cable? That would mean that output jack must have two sets of contacts, one for the piezos and one for the mags. Then, if I use a single output cable (no Y), the out put jack will send both the piezo and mag signals out through the common cable? That capability would be cool and the first time I've ever encountered this. You guys are a big help, so can you help clean this up in my "simple mind"? Thanks.
Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10