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Parker Models => NITEFLY GUITARS => Topic started by: TheGrail on August 21, 2017, 04:44:47 PM

Title: Good solution for missing NiteFly "Bridge Balls"
Post by: TheGrail on August 21, 2017, 04:44:47 PM
Gents,
A friend has a nitefly and several of the little balls that are used on the bridge were missing. This seems to be a common problem, and I know Parker changed the way they made that bridge pretty quickly. If you have one, that fact doesn't help much. He was looking at hundreds of dollars for replacement graphtech saddles and preamp and then I happened to find this on the great "Dave's World of Fun Stuff" video channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KTjiPiAaPs

https://www.amazon.com/Team-Associated-6581-Carbide-Balls/dp/B0006MZSZ4

Hope this helps everyone who has these wacky bridges avoid replacing them.
Cheers!
Roy
Title: Re: Good solution for missing NiteFly "Bridge Balls"
Post by: Piplodocus on August 21, 2017, 04:58:55 PM
 :)
I like Dave's World of fun stuff. :)
Title: Re: Good solution for missing NiteFly "Bridge Balls"
Post by: billy on August 22, 2017, 01:31:19 PM
cool! 

Just wanted to add that you can use the graphtech saddles with the other preamps.  So not the end of the world/expensive/woe is me repair it seems to be for your friend.  You can get a set for not too much on ebay.

Of all the parker stuff from the early days, that double ball saddle design was nuts.  Pun sort of intended.
Title: Re: Good solution for missing NiteFly "Bridge Balls"
Post by: TheGrail on August 30, 2017, 01:37:18 PM
Thanks, good to know that, I'll pass it along.
Title: Re: Good solution for missing NiteFly "Bridge Balls"
Post by: carlb on August 30, 2017, 01:38:32 PM
Anyone having decent success with the crazy glue glue-in for the ball-bearings? Cyanoacrylate can be brittle ...
Title: Re: Good solution for missing NiteFly "Bridge Balls"
Post by: Mr303 on August 30, 2017, 07:23:37 PM
Anyone having decent success with the crazy glue glue-in for the ball-bearings? Cyanoacrylate can be brittle ...

How's about a loctite product?
There are multiple types and some may be flexible while still being adhesive.

http://loctite.com/index2.php?cc=us

After looking at Daves World...
 I wonder if the physical attachment by swagging isn't most accurate in terms of harmonic transmission than a glue bond would be.
A bond could muffle or dampen harmonics.
Acoustically speaking oftentimes less is more.
Is there any way to re-swage the pocket?

Cheers!
Title: Re: Good solution for missing NiteFly "Bridge Balls"
Post by: resettheconsole on September 26, 2017, 11:47:36 AM
http://forums.parkerguitars.com/index.php/topic,14699.0.html

Title: Re: Good solution for missing NiteFly "Bridge Balls"
Post by: Brian on September 27, 2018, 10:58:33 AM
Team associated 3/32 carbide diff balls? Anyone try this or know if it works?
Title: Re: Good solution for missing NiteFly "Bridge Balls"
Post by: resettheconsole on September 27, 2018, 11:06:08 AM
Brian,

They'll work.

If there is a cheaper stainless/non carbide option, that will work, too. As long as they're 3/32" in diameter, the material isn't important.
Title: Re: Good solution for missing NiteFly "Bridge Balls"
Post by: Paul Marossy on September 27, 2018, 03:17:25 PM
That's a very clever solution to that problem.
Title: Re: Good solution for missing NiteFly "Bridge Balls"
Post by: DorseyClick on March 05, 2019, 12:09:03 AM
A sidekick has a nitefly and two or three the little balls which can be utilized on the increase were absent. This is evidently a typical obstacle, and I comprehend Parker changed the manner news (http://"https://arynews.tv/en/category/pakistan/") by which they made that interface exceptional rapidly. On the off chance that you have one, that reality does not support a ton.