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GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: Sadly, I think Parker is just going to slowly fade away
« Last post by mmmmgtr on February 12, 2019, 08:10:26 PM »
For me... in order of priority...


D. Lack of support for repairs, parts, etc.
A. Lack of availability for purchasing new guitars of the existing lineup of models
B. Lack of a Parker Custom Shop for any experimental orders you want to place
G. Escalating used prices

I think the forum would continue for a long time, somewhere,  if not here.  I would miss it if it were gone.
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GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: Sadly, I think Parker is just going to slowly fade away
« Last post by Patzag on February 12, 2019, 06:28:36 PM »
If - IF! - If the original pre-refined paradigm was to be resurrected, I would definitely be in the market for a custom job.
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GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: Sadly, I think Parker is just going to slowly fade away
« Last post by sybersitizen on February 12, 2019, 02:22:01 PM »
D. Lack of support for repairs, parts, etc.

Really only that for me. It was already a problem even while the operation was technically still in business.

Quote
G. Something else?

Upward-creeping prices on the used market is a definite consequence. That's either a problem or a reason to celebrate depending on whether you're buying or selling.
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GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: Sadly, I think Parker is just going to slowly fade away
« Last post by vjmanzo on February 12, 2019, 12:56:55 PM »
Pardon the philosophical question (especially if the answers seem obvious), but I’m curious: what would be the biggest drawbacks, in your opinion, to Parker not opening up again?

A. Lack of availability for purchasing new guitars of the existing lineup of models
B. Lack of a Parker Custom Shop for any experimental orders you want to place
C. Lack of development of new Parker instruments models 
D. Lack of support for repairs, parts, etc.
E. Lack of community through this forum
F General knowledge that of you wanted a new Parker you could get one, even if you have no plans to get one
G. Something else?

I know how I’d rank these, but I’m curious what others have to say.
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GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: Sadly, I think Parker is just going to slowly fade away
« Last post by jb63 on February 12, 2019, 11:26:18 AM »
Except for those darn collectors!
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GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: Sadly, I think Parker is just going to slowly fade away
« Last post by Paul Marossy on February 12, 2019, 09:27:47 AM »
Sadly, I think Parker is just going to slowly fade away.  :(


From what I've seen the last few years, I have to agree. At this point it appears that it is just a pipe dream to resurrect the brand and I think the public at large has lost interest in Parker as well.
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Post a Picture of Yourself Live with your Parker / Re: Fun little gig..
« Last post by Paul Marossy on February 12, 2019, 09:23:16 AM »
Damage to guitar.... that stinks   ???
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TECH TALK / Re: Nitefly Mojo bridge issue
« Last post by gjport on February 11, 2019, 09:10:42 PM »
Thanks for the reply again.  Yeah that idea with the dowels, no way, it would have to be perfect or I could just end up with the same problem, and I don't have the right tools.  Wish I knew a good guitar tech, a guy at what I think is one of my best local guitar stores seems to know barely more than I do.

Thanks for the suggestion and link for the epoxy, and the explanation why super glue is not the best, that gives me more confidence.  I put the tape in the hole, it was secured around the edge pretty well (decreasing the inner diameter), seemed like if I put it on the bushing I would have had trouble even starting it into the hole.  The bushings seemed to fit tight, but I guess not tight enough!  I'll mull this over and consider whether I try the epoxy or start over with the tape.

This guitar played fine for years, I was just taking the bridge off because I wanted to clean up the guitar real good, it has years of corrosion and dirt in there.  I'm sure that the bushings never slipped out any before this, I would have easily noticed the difference in the string action (i.e. from about 1/8 inch to 0 would be hard to miss, lol).

Anyways this next step might take me a while to resolve and get back here, but billy I wanted to make sure you know I really appreciate the effort and help you have provided.  Cheers! - Gary
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TECH TALK / Re: Parker Fly Mojo Flame Fishman Questions
« Last post by billy on February 11, 2019, 04:28:17 PM »
did you change the battery?  worth trying a fresh one just to be sure. 

measure the hole in the body to determine what shaft size you need.

Double check your solder joints, I had an issue on a non parker that drove me a little nuts a while back, and it turned out to be a cold solder joint.  Worked mostly and then sometimes didn't when I moved a certain way.

Start with the simplest things first, battery, loose wires, bad solder joints, bad grounds, loose saddles (they need pressure for the piezos to work) and then think about replacing parts.
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TECH TALK / Re: Nitefly Mojo bridge issue
« Last post by billy on February 11, 2019, 04:17:41 PM »
I pushed out the 'fixed' bushing without too much trouble, got tape inside the hole for each, tapped each bushing in, and they seemed tight.  Started putting on strings and springs, and before complete, noticed a bushing starting to slip out the back again. WTF  >:(

Just checking- you have to wrap the thread sealing tape around the outside of the bushing.  It sounds like you just pushed a bunch of tape in the body's holes?  The idea is to wrap the bushings with the tape and increase their outer diameter.  Thread sealing tape will do this but also "give" in the right places if it has to.  You may have to experiment a bit to figure out how much you need, and you might need different amounts on either bushing.

This seems like a ridiculously insufficient design, those bushings are basically load bearing, any time you use the whammy, any time your hand presses on the bridge, can push the bushings out the back.  I don't get it.  I'd think those bushings should screw into the body or something, so that they are guaranteed to stay.  And no way that plastic cover on the back holds them in if they're not already secure.  Thought maybe string and spring tension would help hold it but apparently not.

OK, You haven't told us if the guitar was working ok earlier, what the issue was that made you take it apart, etc. 

BTW I didn't say that the plastic cover is intended to hold them in, quite the opposite and only that it may have held the bushings in well enough to not notice the issue before.

Your issue is that the holes in the body are slightly oversized.   

Some of this might be worsened by any change in temp/humidty.  The spring/string tension should help some, but it sounds like the bushings are really much looser than they should be.  Without knowing more about the guitar and its history, we can only speculate why the bushings are so much looser than they are intended to be.

Not sure billy what your more invasive option would be, these need to be permanently fixed in there, would need some kind of assurance of a good surface contact and use super glue, my only guess as to a fix.

If I can't get this figured out soon, I'll probably end up parting this out, on ebay or reverb.  Hope you or anyone can help save me!

Superglue is probably not a great option here- it shears very easily. 

I haven't seen your guitar and don't know how experienced you are so the following is at your own risk tolerance/patience thresh hold. 

The best way to fix this would be to drill out the holes slightly larger with a forstner bit and completely fill the holes with a glued in dowel that fits snug in the holes.  Then redrill the holes to fit the bushings snugly.

Its fairly easy if you've done it before and have the equipment, but not really a great idea if you're not already comfortable with the idea.

But, based on what you've posted, your best bet (besides trying more tape) is a 2 part epoxy (something like this https://www.amazon.com/Bob-Smith-Industries-Mid-Cure-Combined/dp/B0166FFFJ8?ref_=bl_dp_s_web_11859891011). 

You'll have to scuff up the inside of the holes in the body with some 120 grit sandpaper.  Keep the glue from the inside of the bushing and threads, but make sure it gets in the outside grooves and the inside of the hole in the body. 

Then you'll need a way to hold/clamp the bushings in place while the glue cures, preferably 24 hours or so.  Check to be sure the glue doesn't run onto the face of the guitar before you leave it to cure.

I know it can be frustrating when things don't work right away, but you can also learn a lot at the same time.  Take your time and stop if you get frustrated.  You can always come back to it.  It's probably worth the effort to get this guitar working.  If you get in a bind, PM me and I'll try to help out as best I can.
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