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Title: Bruise from my Parker
Post by: Kestonrocks@sbcglobal.net on May 08, 2010, 01:45:31 PM
After playing my first gig with my Parker Fly, I developed a bruise on my lower ribs at the point the guitar rests on my body. I'm considering attaching some sort of padding behind the upper arm of the body. Has anyone else had this problem ? Any solutions?

I love the feel & sound of the guitar.
Thanks,

Keston
Title: Bruise from my Parker
Post by: danjazzny on May 08, 2010, 01:54:03 PM
Welcome to the Parker Forum Keston! Sounds like you're a candidate for a DragonFly. Or maybe a baseball catcher's chest protector! [:D][;)]

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Title: Bruise from my Parker
Post by: www_Ps_com on May 08, 2010, 02:22:51 PM
200 lbs will do the job just nicely. Speaking from experience that is...
Title: Bruise from my Parker
Post by: bno on May 08, 2010, 03:01:55 PM
Welcome to the club.  This is the 'killer feature' of the guitar where form followed function.  And KP knew this was an "issue".  Numerous players gave up on their Fly because of the discomfort caused by that sharp corner on the upper horn.  Yes, it was one of the design issues behind the DragonFly.  Interestingly, the Nitefly upper horn has a bevel to it that prevents this from happening.  Why that was never done to the Fly is a mystery.  Solutions?  I've tried padding, some people have taken a sander to their guitar and rounded off the corner (not recommended).  I finally just lowered my guitar about 1" and changed my playing position - which makes accessing the upper frets less than ideal.  When I'm sitting I put a small throw pillow between my body and the guitar.  I still get jabbed from time to time but it's not in the breast bone or rib cage anymore.  Question, just to test my theory about this - are you under 6' tall and medium to slender build?
Title: Bruise from my Parker
Post by: Kestonrocks@sbcglobal.net on May 10, 2010, 12:27:35 PM
I'm 6 feet tall and thin. For now Ive lowered the strap but as you say, It make playing a little more difficult. I'm actually considering designing some sort of pad that I can wear under my shirt. Thanks for your imput.

Keston -97 Fly Deluxe
Title: Bruise from my Parker
Post by: LooseChange on May 10, 2010, 06:05:03 PM
Ha Ha! I've had that bruise since 1995!

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Title: Bruise from my Parker
Post by: gerylo52 on June 29, 2010, 03:23:38 PM
you guys need to put a little poundage on your body's. the guitar is fine not for skin and bone dude's  lol..Actualu all kidding aside if you raise your strap to the second hole on the back end it causes the dip away effect. You guy's are hangin ur axes way to low......It's the price you pay to look kool. Strap it like eDDIE v.h. NOT LIKE gENE sTUPID sIMMONS LOL......GOOD LUCK..
Title: Re: Bruise from my Parker
Post by: filter on April 05, 2013, 01:48:14 AM
Yes have your chest muscle rest on the upperhorn when sitting,  You can buy a longer strap lock for upper strap mount to get the horn from the body when standing. Ive seen it in a utube video, cant remember who. it was pretty long, like two inches. I think Adrian Belew.
Title: Re: Bruise from my Parker
Post by: Bill on April 05, 2013, 07:33:18 AM
I just had my 5th rib surgically removed.

The Parker Fly horn fits perfectly now and I no longer require a strap.
Title: Re: Bruise from my Parker
Post by: 908ssp on April 05, 2013, 10:21:04 AM
I raised the guitar so it hangs from my shoulders even when sitting. If you don't lean on the guitar you can't get a bruise. Raising the guitar and lean back. It might not look cool but you have optimum access to the frets and you learn to stop looking at the fret board.
Title: Re: Bruise from my Parker
Post by: sybersitizen on April 05, 2013, 11:11:24 AM
I'm actually considering designing some sort of pad that I can wear under my shirt.

Like this...?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stlYDxHftb4
Title: Re: Bruise from my Parker
Post by: filter on April 05, 2013, 12:40:39 PM
Use a gel mousepad.
Title: Re: Bruise from my Parker
Post by: Michael_LA on May 08, 2013, 11:02:09 PM
Well, after years in the closet because it hurt to play, I moved the strap button back towards the elbow and can now play my fly again.
F.W.I.W. The new strap button position is about where it used to dig into my chest.
Title: Re: Bruise from my Parker
Post by: syncopa on August 03, 2013, 09:26:02 PM
I'm actually considering designing some sort of pad that I can wear under my shirt.

Like this...?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stlYDxHftb4

I have no problems when standing and playing... but if I had that padding, I wouldn't leave the house! ;)
Title: Re: Bruise from my Parker
Post by: aleclee on August 04, 2013, 09:20:04 PM
No issues here, but I keep it up high.  It's the easiest EVH guitar trick to master.  :P
Title: Re: Bruise from my Parker
Post by: jester700 on August 05, 2013, 06:28:03 AM
This is why it took from when I first played a parker in the mid 90's until they came out with the Dragonfly for me to actually buy one. 15 years for a silly design decision. Yes, that horn is different - and there's a REASON nobody else ever did that... ;-)
Title: Re: Bruise from my Parker
Post by: niipple on August 13, 2014, 07:58:19 PM
Looks like a legit reason to get a silicone implant  ;)
Title: Re: Bruise from my Parker
Post by: Keoki on August 14, 2014, 06:30:07 AM
I am with Alex. Stop hunching over. What the heck you looking at? Yo mamma would not be happy with that posture. AND, stop that jumping up and down. Geez. What's that all about?
Title: Re: Bruise from my Parker
Post by: Bagatell on August 14, 2014, 08:45:39 AM
I raised the guitar so it hangs from my shoulders even when sitting. If you don't lean on the guitar you can't get a bruise. Raising the guitar and lean back. It might not look cool but you have optimum access to the frets and you learn to stop looking at the fret board.

This.

I have just had the luxury of a week away with nothing to occupy me but a Fly, a Kemper and a laptop with a load of sheet music. But I disagree that it doesn't look cool. It's the classic rock star pose. Head back and guitar pointed at the stars!
Title: Re: Bruise from my Parker
Post by: Roland on August 15, 2014, 06:59:56 PM
yes, shorten the strap a bit, and keep its head up where you can see it, and you won't have a bruising problem. It will also make the Fly even easier to play