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PARKER CLASSIFIEDS / Parker Nitefly for sale in Oxford, UK
« Last post by richh on November 12, 2018, 04:53:07 AM »
I've loved this guitar and played it a lot in the past, but now only play a jazz archtop.  So it is up for sale at £650 GBP, collected from Oxford, UK.

Included is the guitar, Parker gigbag and tremelo arm.  It is in good condition generally, but does have a few dings - I'll put photos up when I can.  However the guitar plays really smoothly as the stainless steel frets are in great condition (even though I've played it a lot).

Burgundy body, with white 3 ply scratchplate, serial number 107226 USA - so I think made in 1997.

So, it is no case queen, but a great player. 

As original spec, except the bridge humbucker has been changed for a Seymour Duncan.  I still have the original Dimarzio bridge pickup though, available separately.

Also available, but not included in the sale price are:

- Spare Nitefly trem arms (got them from Thomann)
- Several 'Bulwinkle' hanger attachments (attach to Sperzel tuners, allowing it to hang from a wall hanger)
- Spare / alternative Nitefly pickguards - custom ordered, as I had plans to adapt this or other Niteflys to different pickup configurations (eg. SSS or HH)

Sorry about the lack of photos, I sort that when I have time, or failing that can maybe email to anybody interested or link to another site, if that is allowed?

Any questions, please do ask away!


Post Your Parker Sound Clips / Re: Alt tuning with GR-55
« Last post by gaustu on November 10, 2018, 01:52:40 PM »
Sorry guys for being off for a long time.
I can describe really a bit my setup. Sound is going from piezo hex to Roland gr-55. One layer of the complex sound is from output of gr-55. This is modelling acc sound inside with alt tuning. Inside my custom moded gr-55 all 6 dry signals of hex are splitted and go to 6 inpuns of soundcard and then inside Reaktor NI software realtime separate 6 signals processing. There is alt tuning possibility as well. The processing inside Reaktor is very complex but is built analogical to analogue tube overdrives with possibilities of separate envelope followers for each of 6 signals, wide range adjustable. Among these separate 6 processors (each of 6 channels has 5 parallel overdrives/saturators with bunch of different filters) there are monophonic overdrives as well to mix it with hexa in the portions I wish. That is a second layer of the whole palette. The third layer is obtaining of midi feeding the synth realtime like Sytrus or another. All three layers are summed inside software virtual console (it's SAC Studio).
GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: Is it just me? My Fly sound is 'nasal' and 'thin'
« Last post by vjmanzo on November 10, 2018, 05:03:30 AM »
So good to hear, and happy to help!!
GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: Is it just me? My Fly sound is 'nasal' and 'thin'
« Last post by Fantasiasoul on November 10, 2018, 02:10:00 AM »
That's brilliant - my sound is so much better. Thank you very much for your help!
GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: Is it just me? My Fly sound is 'nasal' and 'thin'
« Last post by vjmanzo on November 09, 2018, 08:37:59 AM »
No problem! The bridge-side coil under the B string is actually a 3/32” hex screw; same thing with the neck-side coil under the A string. Carefully unscrew them to loosen the pickup so that it moves freely in vertical space; then you can manually raise or lower the pickup height. When you’re happy with the sound, you can retighten the screws.
P SERIES GUITARS / P44 korea vs others P44s
« Last post by seftw on November 09, 2018, 07:20:20 AM »
Hello! I'm new in the forum. English isn't my first language, thank you for your patience.
I have a chance for buy a P44, but it's a chinese model, owner said. Have it got substantial differences than korean model?
GENERAL DISCUSSION / Tried three Parkers over the years. Third time's the charm
« Last post by ericzero on November 09, 2018, 07:18:51 AM »
Hi, all.

Like many people, I was always intrigued by Parkers, but it's not easy to find one to play. About two years ago I found a NiteFly V1 in a local shop in pretty good shape. While I like the vibrato and neck, the sound was disappointing through the amp I had at the time. Very thin and plinky, compared to a Fender Strat I also tried. I kept it for three days and returned it.

Then two weeks ago I spotted a '94 Fly Deluxe on eBay. I had a little money to play with so ended up winning it. It was very heavily used, though not abused. However, one fret had been re-glued pretty badly: it was actually crooked, with some superglue residue around it, another was coming up on the treble side, and a third was high enough I was worried. In addition, I really didn't care for the "both pickups" sound (I've read about the wiring fix), all the pots were a little loose feeling, and I couldn't for the life of me get the thing to stay in tune. Spent a day carefully setting it up, it had the right spring for the new strings I put on, I know how locking tuners work, and I've had guitars with Bigsbys I could abuse and stay in tune. Not this guitar. So, returned to seller because the frets coming off made it uplayable anyway.

So much for Parkers, I thought. Then, the day I sent the Fly off, a NiteflyV2 popped up for sale at a very good price. It looked clean and the seller seemed knowledgable. Okay, third time lucky, I hoped.

Heck yes. It was undersold in the listing: it's so close to new condition it could pass as new in a Guitar Center. Two little nicks on top, barely visible, and the usual pickguard wear. So clean you could serve breakfast on it, had the T-wrench and a pair of bridge-post-stabilizing washers in the case if I needed them. (The posts are leaning forward enough to just wrinkle the pickguard on the treble side, so next time I put strings on, I'll pull the bridge and install the washers to keep them straight. It's intonated well so I'm not stressing.)

And it sounds great! Since I tried the first Nitefly, I have switched to a Fractal modeling setup so I have two basic presets, one using a Matchless DC-30 sound and one using a modded Marshall sound. It sounded pretty good on the Marshall setup, but just came alive on the Matchless, doing the chimey sounds I'd expect but being able to the Teh Brootalz on the bridge pickup on the high-gain setting.

Neck is straight as a Kansas highway, action is stoopid-low but no rattles, and it keeps its pitch like a pop starlet hopped up on Antares Auto-Tune® (set up to dive only). I'm absolutely delighted with this guitar. I dunno why the first NF I tried was so disappointing in terms of sound: I played with pickup height and had fresh strings on both. Maybe it just was not the right amp (a Mesa-Boogie Express 5:25) for that guitar. It's a great sound on this rig.

Now to be sure I have a few key spare parts for the years ahead, as those inevitably get harder to find.
P SERIES GUITARS / Re: Differences among PM20-Pro models?
« Last post by Mr303 on November 09, 2018, 06:41:24 AM »
My PM 20Pro has 3x3 headstock and a phenolic fret board and it’s lighter than other LP style guitars.
I like the 3x3 since it’s “rare” to see on a Parker.
The finish is really nice, in line with all Parker’s.
Plays like a dream and sings like an angel.
I’m thinning my herd so if you’re interested in buying one feel free to PM me.

GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: Is it just me? My Fly sound is 'nasal' and 'thin'
« Last post by Fantasiasoul on November 09, 2018, 05:14:28 AM »
Thanks for the reply - it sounds very promising. However, I cannot see how I can adjust the pickup height. The manual does not mention this at all and looking at the pickups on the guitar I cannot see any screws or anything that would enable adjustments. Can you let me know how you adjusted the pickups on your Fly??
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