A Stealth is a "Heavy Metal" version of the Fly. (Not that I play Heavy Metal at all, but that was the marketing angle.) As you can see, it's a hard-tail. What you can't see is that it's a basswood body/ basswood neck, and so is even lighter than your standard Fly (outside of Bronze's and Artists).
In 2003 the Fly underwent a "refinement". You can read all about the differences here: http://forums.parkerguitars.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7128
, but to sum up:
The pre-refined Fly has Master Volume, Mag Volume, Mag Tone, then concentric Piezo Volume/ Piezo Tone controls.
The Stealth is also outfitted with a Sperzel D-Thing Tuner, so that you can drop the low E to a D instantly
, and with total accuracy.
The only thing that really makes them "sought after" is that there were fewer than 100 made. And I can tell you this: I'm not letting go of mine
! It's the first guitar that I grab, unless I need GK or whammy. But at 4 pounds, 6.8 ounces, it feels like you're not even wearing a guitar! (I had a Microdiscectomy at L4-L5 in 2004 myself, so I know
to some extent what you're coping with.)
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