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Parker Models => Custom Parker Guitars => Topic started by: kelane on March 17, 2016, 03:10:06 PM

Title: Ordering a custom guitar?
Post by: kelane on March 17, 2016, 03:10:06 PM
Hello. I was wondering if Parker guitars provide the possibility to order a custom Parker guitar according to customer specs? I am interested in getting a Fly classic type of guitar but with a pretty unique neck design. Would that be a possibility?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Ordering a custom guitar?
Post by: neilderemer on March 17, 2016, 03:18:49 PM
As far as I know the USA custom shop is no longer in business... Maybe you can order a custom from Indonesia or China I don't know but if it were me I would want the USA custom.
Title: Re: Ordering a custom guitar?
Post by: sybersitizen on March 17, 2016, 06:02:33 PM
No more new Flys are being produced - neither stock nor custom. You have to choose from what's out there.
Title: Re: Ordering a custom guitar?
Post by: TinMachine on March 17, 2016, 10:54:49 PM
Yup. No Mas. Nada. Done and over.
Title: Re: Ordering a custom guitar?
Post by: Mr303 on March 18, 2016, 07:23:53 AM
 >:(
Yeah what they said!!!
Title: Re: Ordering a custom guitar?
Post by: TinMachine on March 18, 2016, 09:06:45 AM
Can you take something close and bring it to a luthier?  What kind of custom are we talking about?  Wild ideas don't always function.  And may be cost prohibitive. 
Title: Re: Ordering a custom guitar?
Post by: daynwarren on March 18, 2016, 10:24:29 AM
What exactly did you have in mind to do to the neck?
Title: Re: Ordering a custom guitar?
Post by: kelane on March 18, 2016, 02:07:20 PM
Can you take something close and bring it to a luthier?  What kind of custom are we talking about?  Wild ideas don't always function.  And may be cost prohibitive.

it's an unusual idea but not wild. i know what i'm doing believe it or not - i don't really care either way, tho.

What exactly did you have in mind to do to the neck?

baritone length with microtonal fret positions.
Title: Re: Ordering a custom guitar?
Post by: TinMachine on March 18, 2016, 04:31:38 PM
They would have never done it for you. So no worries. 
Title: Re: Ordering a custom guitar?
Post by: kelane on March 19, 2016, 10:07:40 AM
They would have never done it for you. So no worries.

bummer. that's a bad business model.
Title: Re: Ordering a custom guitar?
Post by: TinMachine on March 19, 2016, 10:34:22 AM
They only made standard 4 and 5 string basses along with 6 and 7 string guitars. I suppose they could have done a baritone,  but I would guess it would be well over $6000.  All the parts would have needed to be in house custom made.  But,  we can only speculate as they are long gone now.
Title: Re: Ordering a custom guitar?
Post by: billy on March 19, 2016, 04:39:33 PM
They would have never done it for you. So no worries.

bummer. that's a bad business model.

A worse business model would be spending the $12-15k for a special fret gluing/clamping fixture needed to build one custom microtonal guitar without passing the cost onto the customer.

I wanted to get a 24.75 scale fly made up, but they couldn't do it for the above reason. 

Arguably a much bigger market available than microtonal, which as interested as I am in the concept, might vary quite a bit between a few people who are willing to pay for such a thing.
Title: Re: Ordering a custom guitar?
Post by: TinMachine on March 19, 2016, 07:43:52 PM
Yup. My point exactly.  Thanks Billy! 
Title: Re: Ordering a custom guitar?
Post by: Dioxic on March 22, 2016, 10:32:53 AM
They would have never done it for you. So no worries.

bummer. that's a bad business model.

perhaps you could have the frets removed from a parker and have it as a fretless? You'll get your microtones then ;)
Title: Re: Ordering a custom guitar?
Post by: daynwarren on March 22, 2016, 10:54:32 AM
Interesting idea about the baritone scale and microtonal frets.

I had floated an idea here on the forum many years ago about doing something similar to a hardtail - simply move the bridge route further back, and glue frets according to a different scale. They could have easily made a Baritone Fly that way, and there would have been a market for them, especially at that time.

Microtonal may not have been marketable.

Given that they are not making these guitars anymore, you certainly could still do the microtonal thing. Acquire some additional frets, and glue them int he proper positions - why not? The Baritone scale would be harder to achieve, unless you have a hardtail, fill the bridge route, re-route further back, and glue frets accordingly.

Maybe Shamrock would approach a project like that - I know they can do a lot more than paint, Sharon and Lisa are both top notch luthiers and electronics wizards!

It'll cost you, but might be worth asking at least.
Title: Re: Ordering a custom guitar?
Post by: neilderemer on March 22, 2016, 12:09:28 PM
Be pretty crazy looking. As I understand it they laser etch the carbon glass epoxy fretboard so you would have all of the laser etched lines from where the frets previously were, and I think also the laser etching may create a scuffed surface for the glue to better adhere to so there's also that which might mean that you may go through all of the trouble to have the frets eventually fall off.

Not worth it IMO.
Title: Re: Ordering a custom guitar?
Post by: Mr303 on March 22, 2016, 08:55:34 PM
Off topic but I've seen am intrigued by microtonal frets that are segmented and adjustable by locking into differing positions along the fretboard.  Really interesting idea, complicated but interesting.
But I have a hard enough time with standard fretting gawd help me if I had microtonal concerns!

Good luck.
Title: Re: Ordering a custom guitar?
Post by: TinMachine on March 22, 2016, 11:24:13 PM
Neck tension might not be able to handle. What about taking a newer 7 string and doing that?