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    Knowing nothing about electrics, but THIS one.....

    This would be my dream electric. Sorry, not a Guild but these Parker Guitars are just AMAZING. Love the design and style and this one (of course) because it's maple and BLUE!! I want one!!

    Has anyone owned or played one of these? I saw Joni Mitchell play one on the Rosie O'Donnell show quite a while back. I want one.....
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    tried an original all composite nitefly some years ago. fast flat neck, good ergonomics if you dont have a belly, good sounds electric and with piezo, very light. but for my taste only good for modern sounds with lots of fx. didn't have any oldschool vibe at all.
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    I bought a 'Solid-Blue' Parker for a friend 10+ years ago and kept it for a month before I shipped it to him.

    I really liked it. Something about the Parker neck (flat neck shape, fingerboard radius, stainless steel frets, or some combination of the three?) made it much easier to execute complicated double string guitar lines compared to any other other guitar I have ever played on!! Lines that, with much concentration, I could execute 7 out of 10 times successfully on a vintage strat I could do 9 times out of 10 on the Parker almost without effort.

    It is true the pickups sounded a little metallic, plus the bodies were/are so shallow that you couldn't mount a hum-bucker with a 'normal depth frame' in the pick-up body cutouts. The company was aware of the issue and came out with a set of DiMarzio pickups that were supposed to have more of a vintage sound, but I never heard them.

    The controls were in a different position from the guitars I grew up playing (Gibsons, Guilds & Fenders) but I think I could have gotten used to them in time.

    The guitars do have their problems (frets are glued on and sometimes fall off, jack plugs from certain time periods of manufacture are easy to 'wallow out' and cost a big pile of money to replace, etc.), but you can google that information ('parker fly problems') and see what to look out for.

    My friend considered selling it about a year ago, but I don't know if he still has it. If you want me touch base with him, I'll be glad to do that. Just send me a PM.

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    Very cool looking.

    The headstock is radical. I like that they are making a straight pull for each string. And the exposed 1 and 2 strings is neat. I wonder, though, about that shape; it looks like it wouldn't take much to crack the headstock. Is it wood or composite?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gilded View Post
    The guitars do have their problems (frets are glued on and sometimes fall off, ...
    That's not a problem, its a feature! Just get rid of the frets that aren't needed for the mode you're in, and soloing is a breeze!
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    Probably one of the most known players of Parker Fly guitars is Reeves Gabrels, David Bowie's guitarist for several albums. There are plenty of clips on youtube of him playing one - his style is very different than Joni's, though!

    Here's one example:

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    Guitars, like most instruments, are a very personal thing. Having played a Parker Fly or three I was left unmoved. What I did like what the extreme lightweight nature of the guitar and it's definitely an eye-catching design. What I didn't like was how thin it was which is an odd thing to say but it was the first thing that jumped out at me after the weight. It almost felt like it was a fake plastic guitar and it made me feel like it cost too much. Of course, the scientific side of my brain insists that that's a ridiculous thing to say but the emotional side of my brain (the part that wants a real '59 Les Paul) just said, "Nope!". To be fair, I didn't try them all and this could be representative of only one model - I don't remember.

    The thing about Parkers is that they are very non-traditional. Guitarists tend to be very traditional (myself included) and so it takes a certain mindset to accept the Parker Fly. Just take a look at this control cavity and I think you'll see my point:

    Using a circuit board allows for all sorts of cool options that would be difficult to embrace using the 1950's technology most electric guitars use. Again, the scientific part of my brain knows that there is no downside to using well made and designed circuit boards, but the emotional part of my brain says, "Nope!" The fact that the cavity isn't finished in that pic bugs me, too. I'm sure it makes for a lower cost of production, but it bugs me.

    For me, the issue comes down to my preconceived notion of what an electric guitar should be. As Henry Ford once said, "If I had asked people what they want, they would have said, 'faster horses.'" That puts me firmly in the way of progress, I suppose.
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    A friend of mine used to play one. Perhaps still does. Probably only really appeal to certain players.

    Here's his old band:

    Guildless. :(

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    Guildless. :(

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    BTW, here's the Joni clip of her playing one:

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