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Let's Hear and See Your Parker => Show Us Your Parker => Topic started by: -geisterfahrer- on March 24, 2012, 06:18:55 PM

Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: -geisterfahrer- on March 24, 2012, 06:18:55 PM
Hi Gang,

Here's a True One of a Kind....

A while ago I posted a story about a Dusty Black Deluxe that i had picked up on ebay and upon arrival was in terrible condition, Structurally sound, but just neglected. Needed a darn good scrubbing and some touch up. I didn't want to do too much to it as it was owned by Fishbone Guitarist Spacey T (pictured here with the Fly as it had looked)
 
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I scrubbed it clean, and sent it to get the clear coat repaired. Instead of getting repaired, it got ruined, I won't go into detail again, but it was totally trashed.
I was bummed out and after a week of deep thought decided to strip the whole thing back and get it completely re-finished. But what to do?
I had a dream, I drempt of a Fly with a swirl paint job, yeah, right! how's that going to happen! The planets seemed to align as Alan from 'out of this swirled' www.outofthisswirled.com posted on the forum asking if anyone wanted to swirl a Parker! Wow! No Way! So i dropped him a note and we struck up a great friendship as we planned the project. I finished stripping the guitar, and sent it to England, and Alan got to work. He first had to move his business to a larger space to accommodate a larger, deeper tank to get the whole Guitar submerged, once Alan was settled and up and running, the guitar was prepped, sealed, primered and swirled. Swirling happens in the moment, once the paint goes in to the tank and is swirled that's it, it in the hands of the cosmos, what happens, happens, no two are the same, ever. Alan wasn't happy with the first two atempts and cleaned it back to the white primer base twice. The depth of the water and the bouyancy of the guitar was proving difficult to control and get good paint coverage. 3rd time was a charm, kinks ironed out and a great swirl was captured. After Alan was done with his part, the guitar was boxed up and sent to Sharon and Lisa at Shazrock Custom Paint & Guitars www.shazrockpaint.com . This was my second project with Sharon and Lisa. Sharon cleaned the guitar ready for clear coat, fret marker, fly and serial decals, and removed buildup from wire holes, screw holes, pickup routes and surfaces around the spring and trem cavity. Lisa put together an experimental point to point wiring scheme, which eliminated the flex circuitry. The guitar got a high gloss clear and buffing, new knobs, straplocks and New Gen 2 pickups with blacked out poles.
From start to finish, this project has only been possible because of the hard work and dedication to it from Alan, Sharon and Lisa. from the get go the project has had its ups and downs. The Guitar has spent most of its life on the road in a hard working band, been all over the world, no doubt abused and then suffered the indignity of carelessness. Truly a testament to this amazing instrument, after all it has been through, right out of the packing box it was in perfect tune.
I can't thank Alan, Sharon and Lisa enough. When i opened the case, I had no words, I had Sharon on the phone, and she was getting a kick out of how speechless I was, I'm still in awe. To see it all done and finished is really a thrill, I just need to get busy learning some new chops to do it justice ;).
Enough Yap!

Pictures!



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Thanks For Looking!

All the Best

Andy M

Trans Cherry Classic, Dusty Black Deluxe, Chimney Smoke S2 Custom, Pearl White Zebra Deluxe, Jupiter Swirl Deluxe.
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: sybersitizen on March 24, 2012, 07:39:59 PM
Wowiewowiewow! I do like that.

'01 Fly Deluxe|'69 SG Standard
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: Strandwolf on March 24, 2012, 09:07:00 PM
Simply FANTASTIC !!!

Kudos to all involved in this spectacular creation.

3rd time WAS indeed the charm.
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: danjazzny on March 24, 2012, 09:07:45 PM
Out of this world! [8D][^]

'97 Alex Artist 4lbs12oz; '99 Simonized Artist 4lbs13oz; '97  TransRed Artist 4lbs9oz; '98 3-Tone Sunburst Artist (Hardtail)5lbs2oz; '99 Tobacco Sunburst Supreme 5lbs13oz; '09 Custom DragonFly 814 (Hardtail) 4lbs10oz; Line6 Flextone 3 Amp; Line 6 Vetta II Amp

(http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll233/danjazzny/HPIM0090.jpg)(http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll233/danjazzny/HPIM0098-1.jpg)
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: Bill on March 24, 2012, 09:51:43 PM
Very cool.

Great story.

Yeah you're going to have to have some kick @ss chops to hang with that swirlin candy corn finish.

Good luck son.

[8D]

A few Flys in my soup
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: plan-x on March 25, 2012, 01:46:03 AM
Whoa! I want one. I wonder if Shaz rock could pull this off entirely. I've been considering having them do a paint job but didn't have any particular color in mind. Nothing really seemed to grab me. This grabs me!


00' Fly deluxe S2 HSS
02' NiteFly P (Poplar) HH


John W...in the Mojave

Plan-x

http://www.myspace.com/wichmanbrewster
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: Paul Marossy on March 25, 2012, 09:03:27 AM
Wow shazrock never ceases to amaze me!

EDIT: Doh! I read the original post all the way through and realized that someone else did the swirl. But nice collaboration anyway.

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http://www.DIYguitarist.com
http://www.myspace.com/j201jams
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: simonlock on March 25, 2012, 02:54:22 PM
AWESOME!!!!
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: Patzag on March 25, 2012, 02:59:46 PM
Holy SHOOT!  This is really amazing.  What a great story and a great result.  You deserve this guitar, man!


Pearl White Custom Dragonfly HSH 2010 / Voodoo Blackburst Custom S3 2011 / Ceriatone HRM amplifier / Axe FX II
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: simonlock on March 25, 2012, 07:03:52 PM
This is my new favorite Parker Fly. F'in fantastic!
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: Will2000 on March 25, 2012, 11:33:48 PM
This is truly a work of art!!!  I am very impressed and would really like one too!!  Enjoy and congrats!!
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: Paul Marossy on March 26, 2012, 09:00:27 AM
quote:
Originally posted by simonlock

This is my new favorite Parker Fly. F'in fantastic!



It looks even cooler now that I've seen it on a big screen rather than my iPhone. Definitely one of a kind! [:0]

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http://www.DIYguitarist.com
http://www.myspace.com/j201jams
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: bno on March 26, 2012, 09:25:56 AM
Spectacular.
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: Nefarius on March 26, 2012, 01:56:20 PM
One very unique piece of art, congratulations!
I'm sure everyone will remember this one.

Greetings...
Nef
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: billy on March 26, 2012, 02:16:13 PM
That is one of the coolest swirl jobs ever.  It really plays off the lines of the guitar.  I have a feeling that yours won't be the last!

Congrats and thanks for posting!
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: simonlock on March 28, 2012, 09:17:04 AM
With the way the swirl flows over the curves of the Fly's sculpted body makes it seem as if there are no edges to the guitar and therefore no fixed location to orient my perspective. It's as if the swirl is still swirling and it's not a solid guitar but a liquid approximation.

Or a mexican mushroom got in my coffee beans.

Ive been a Vai fan since '89 and even own one of the original UV77MCs but I've gotta say the swirls are pretty 2 dimensional on the RG body shape.

I'm curious how he kept the paint off the frets as it went under water. Can Alan from "Out of this Swirled" chime in?
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: Paul Marossy on March 28, 2012, 09:28:10 AM
I know Vai has had swirl guitars, but this one kind of looks like a Joe Satriani kind of paint job to me. The whole color scheme reminds me of "Surfing With The Alien".

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http://www.DIYguitarist.com
http://www.myspace.com/j201jams
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: -geisterfahrer- on March 28, 2012, 11:57:56 AM
Hi Gang,
Thank you for all the reply's and comments. I can't thank Alan, Sharon and Lisa enough for making this a reality and I'm glad i could share it with you all.
I have been a swirl fan since i first saw the 'Passion & Warfare' Album cover, and I am lucky enough to own an Autographed Jem777GMC.
So when this presented itself, It just had to happen. (Ramen for a Year!)
As far as we know this wasn't only the first and so far only complete Fly Swirl, but the only neck through body Guitar to have ever been completely swirled. (A while back i remember a heated thread over a modified NiteFly body that was swirled by Herc Fede, but that's all).
Normally a guitar body on a stick is dipped (like a toffee apple)into a vat of water. The Swirling process is pretty well documented on the web, the mechanics of it at least. There are a few vids that show some backyard efforts using testors model paint or talking about a borax water mix to improve water surface tension to allow a paint to 'float'. No one seems to really have a handle on the process save for the big 3, Darren, Herc and Alan. Darren from ATD did all the Ibanez Jem's for Vai, Herc did customs for a while then quit, and Al has refined the technique to an artful science, Just look at his website for evidence of some of the most amazing swirls ever. www.outofthisswirled.com Your not going to get an answer from any of them, it is closly guarded alchemy. Yet I'm told that it is deceptively simple, but like most cool stuff, it all about the details.
This project took a great deal of thought and trial to get a technique figured out so that a whole guitar could be done. I designed and built a couple of different rigs for Al to use to be able to support and control the guitar as it was being submerged, pushed through the paint at the correct speed and enabling him to manipulate the guitar (twist & turn it) to get the best paint coverage. (I should dig up some shots for you all to see).
The greatest hurdle was for Al to build a larger tank to be able to submerge the whole guitar and not have it hit the bottom, and have enough surface area to float enough paint to pull onto the entire length without it thinning out. (the bottom end went in first,last to be submerged was the headstock). You can see that the colors are consistent and vibrant the whole length of the body.
The rig that Al ended up using was headstock mounted which enabled full submersion, and although it was still a battle to fight the bouyancy of the guitar, enabled him to manipulate the body through the paint.
To Answer Simon's question (and i will ping Al to see if he can chime in) The edge of the neck was tough to seal and lay a fine line down, there is virtually zero tolerance, the curvature of the neck ends where the edge of the fretboard begins, with most guitars at least there is a flat portion just before the edge of the fretboard, usually where the binding or edge fret markers lie. This makes taping easy, not so with the fly. Sharon was impressed with how well Alan was able to get that right, its not easy, and to do it and then give it a bath [:0] Every surface and hole that wasn't getting paint had to be heavily masked or plugged to stop water from getting to the body, wood endgrain fibers are like straws, and will draw moisture very quickly, so sealing, masking and plugging are very important steps.
I really hope that there will be others that follow this one, but it really has been a challenge, from the tank size to the suspension method to the masking and unpredictable nature of the swirl itself, not to mention the alchemy of the whole correct paint defying gravity thing, Al could tell you some stories! Oh and someone has to be willing to take a chance with a Fly!
(I must need my head Feeling!)

But the result is just fantastic.

Honestly.... I'd do it again tomorrow
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: Patzag on March 28, 2012, 05:25:08 PM
This thread is annoying!  I have opened it 12 or 14 times just to look at the pictures which are totally hypnotic!
Not OK! [;)]

Pearl White Custom Dragonfly HSH 2010 / Voodoo Blackburst Custom S3 2011 / Ceriatone HRM amplifier / Axe FX II
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: -geisterfahrer- on March 28, 2012, 07:55:23 PM
Save one to your desktop [;)]
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: Patzag on March 28, 2012, 09:19:53 PM
Then I won't get any work done at all!


Pearl White Custom Dragonfly HSH 2010 / Voodoo Blackburst Custom S3 2011 / Ceriatone HRM amplifier / Axe FX II
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: captain_rusty on March 30, 2012, 06:09:53 AM
Wow. Terrific !

David
(http://rustyzone.free.fr/images/fly_cu-5cm.jpg)
2001 Fly Classic -> Ibanez WD7 wah -> Digidelay -> Trainwreck clone -> 1x12 Fane cabinets
Band web page: www.s3cretcode.com
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: mountaindewaddict on March 31, 2012, 02:25:19 PM
Duuuuuuuuude!  That's freakin' awesome! [:0] [:D] [^]

Casey

Gear: Parker Fly Deluxe, Gretsch 5129, Way Huge Pedals, Egnater amps, other stuff...
God Bless!
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: blackfly on April 11, 2012, 09:06:02 PM
Congrats to Alan and shazrock- what an amazing piece. Far out. I agree with Patzag, HAHA
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Post by: Noodler on May 09, 2012, 11:15:04 AM
I'm late to the party, but that is just absolutely unbelievably amazing.  I did not expect to see the entire guitar swirled.  Honestly, it almost looks like a stock Parker creation since the serial number and Fly logo are still present.  It's almost a shame to have this incredible guitar "locked away" in this thread.  Please tell me that there are pictures of this guitar in other places on the Internet.  This forum just doesn't get enough traffic to do this guitar justice.  In a way this creation could be viewed as an evangelical figure of the Parker mystique that we all know and love (IOW it could bring more people into the Parker fold, getting them interested in why a Parker is a very special guitar).
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: Paul Marossy on May 09, 2012, 02:20:19 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Noodler

In a way this creation could be viewed as an evangelical figure of the Parker mystique that we all know and love (IOW it could bring more people into the Parker fold, getting them interested in why a Parker is a very special guitar).


I'm afraid that is wishful thinking as 98% of guitar players get hung up on the looks of a Fly rather than appreciating its awesome attributes. [:(]

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Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: Toonman on May 09, 2012, 04:34:48 PM
Dude, that's a KILLER looking guitar! Congrats on a fantastic job there!!
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: Lwinn171 on May 14, 2012, 01:39:13 PM
Stunning Fly. Truly wonderful... I really can't say I have been a swirl finish type of guy, in the past, but it looks gorgeous on a Fly, and is so well done. Great project, and incredible results. I would have thought it a bad idea, but I would have been terribly wrong! The shapes and complex curves of the Fly seem to love the swirl you got.
Title: Home at last, One of a Kind Fly Project.
Post by: Tectonix on May 14, 2012, 08:00:19 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Paul Marossy

Quote
I'm afraid that is wishful thinking as 98% of guitar players get hung up on the looks of a Fly rather than appreciating its awesome attributes. [:(]

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http://www.myspace.com/j201jams



So true, so true. I just bought my third Fly because I wanted all the tonal wood attributes (Mojo, Deluxe, Artist) in refined (1) and prere (2). I swear it was the tonal woods, but now I think I really do need a good swirl model. Man, that guitar KNOCKS ME OUT! HELP! HELP![:p][}:)][:p]

I started out in life with nothing and still have most of it left!
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Post by: resist2112 on June 27, 2012, 06:35:16 PM
That is stunning!!! I'd love to have a green version of that....
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Post by: Hector Murrieta on June 27, 2012, 11:11:34 PM
Great results!

Congrats  8)
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Post by: cobrafast1 on August 14, 2012, 09:04:31 PM
Absolutely AWESOME !!!  That is the best swirl job I've ever seen. 
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Post by: Twanking45 on August 29, 2012, 04:57:09 PM
My friend, that is a truly fantastic gigging instrument. It makes me want one ASAP
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Post by: Twanking45 on September 11, 2012, 12:13:38 PM
I've been thinking of a refinish for my deluxe. Do you think a swirl of metallic paints is possible? Say, golds and silvers? What a finish THAT would be.
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Post by: luke_h on December 07, 2012, 06:43:58 AM
It looks, feels and I'm sure sounds amazing. Good instrument. Also the custom color. This guitar will make good mood for ever. Know you know that good mood will follow you all your life ;D
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Post by: caddman11 on January 07, 2013, 12:10:08 PM
Outstanding paint---love it!!! ;D
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Post by: strat714 on April 10, 2013, 08:23:06 PM
Impressive. I'm getting one of those "flashbacks" I was promised!
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Post by: TheGrail on April 11, 2013, 11:52:34 PM
That is freakin' awesome!
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Post by: Gorbyrev on April 13, 2013, 04:31:28 AM
Late to the party but - aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's totally amazing!!! An incredible story of snatching victory from the jaws of deep disappointment. Nuts - now all I can hear in me head is "I will build my HSH, I will build my HSH - and then get it swirled!"
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Post by: David Tomkins on September 08, 2013, 01:57:56 PM
Speechless...that is AWESOME!!!
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Post by: russ5254 on October 03, 2013, 12:55:02 AM
some sad news for those of you who loves swirls..

i read from http://www.area51customs.co.uk/swirledbodies.html (http://www.area51customs.co.uk/swirledbodies.html) that Alan from out of this swirled has stopped swirling guitars..  :(

"These are the last guitar bodies that Alan swirl painted EVER.
There will be no more as he no longer paints these due to the harmful effects of the processon on his health . "

Herc Fede is probably the only other guy i have heard of who does swirls but i'm not sure if he is still in the business.
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Post by: jim777 on July 10, 2015, 11:06:06 AM
Sorry for the 'bad news' bump, but Herc passed away last year as well. :(

http://www.hollingerfuneralhome.com/obits/obituary.php?id=481357