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You may wish to replace “neck contour” with “fingerboard radius.” On that note, didn’t USM try to ditch the 10-13” conical carbon fiberglass board for a 14” constant-radius ebony board on the Fly model near the end, as a cost-cutting measure? I also recall the standard fret shape changing around the time of the buyout.
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Hahahaha awesome!


This is great stuff, everyone; thanks for chiming in. It’s always difficult to get a sense of all of the prevailing  opinions on these things, so these responses help. I’ll certainly revise the initial post in a short while.
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Wow, someone's doing their research!  ;)

FWIW, in 25 odd years of playing my Fly deluxe, i have never had the step stop accidentally engage through body contact, and there's been much body contact....

The step stop is quite stiff on my fly, and requires positive effort to move/change position.

Though i don't really use it in a regular performance way, i find it absolutely invaluable for when string breaks occur mid song.

Seems daft to me that they hid in such a way on the refined series, special tool...sheesh!

Anyways, that's my $0.02 AUD.

Looking forward to see the first all new reverse engineered/printed/cast/machined Fly roll out of the vjmanzo secret laboratory!

B.S.
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I see a mixture of confirmed facts, unconfirmed but presumed facts, guesses (things like what the majority of forum members prefer or dislike, and why), and opinions. That's inevitable with such a complicated history in combination with the dwindling base of truly reliable sources of Fly data: people who were actually there, working for the company at different periods of time, and maintaining accurate recollections or notes. Somewhere in these forum archives - and maybe elsewhere - there's a wealth of such data, but mining it is a gargantuan task that will never be done to the extent we would like.
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Hahaha thanks, JB. Yes, of course—how could I not include that info?! I’ll double back to that soon—thanks for the suggestion.

A certain type of person decides to contribute to this forum, and in many ways, the info on this forum represents the leading expert knowledge in this very nuanced area. Regardless of however/if ever the Parker Fly returns, my intention with this summary was simply to capture the essence of many years of refined (no pun intended!) expertise.

There have been many veteran members on this forum through the years, and I wanted to make an easy way for someone just getting introduced to the Fly and this forum to read this consolidated information and stand on the shoulders of giants.
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Well this was a fine way to procrastinate everything I had to do today!
Great job. What to add, what to add...

twang bar hex vs round? the plastic bushing issue?
battery box placement?




interesting about the stealth being the first with jumbo frets!
i didn't know that.

i do think the the pre-refined with the wheel was designed for all the immediate on-stage adjustments that could occur. i've changed the battery using a pick and/or thumbnail on stage and even performed the wheel-adjustment fine-tuning in minutes that way...

i've never had an issue with a pre-refined or redesigned version, but they HAVE all played differently and i've had versions of both i just didn't bond with, for various unknown reasons. sometimes i think it was just the color!

maybe add an average weight of various models?

phew!

now i must go back to work.
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Thanks!
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BTW.... awesome job on this....
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Exposed Tension Wheel - for me,  much preferred
I like to be able to adjust live.  I can go from a fixed bridge feel that makes double stop bends more pitch correct and then easily convert back to floating mode.

Thanks! I think you and a few others were the main reason why I included the phrase "primarily viewed", but, regardless, thanks for upvote on leveling the preference for the exposed wheel. I agree that it does come in handy when performing those types of adjustments versus using the tool.
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My quick first take...




Exposed Tension Wheel - for me,  much preferred


I like to be able to adjust live.  I can go from a fixed bridge feel that makes double stop bends more pitch correct and then easily convert back to floating mode.
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