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Did any of you ever own the Parker Fly guitar?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by burntfrijoles, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

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    I saw a youtube video of a busker playing a Parker Fly and recalled the hype when they were introduced (maybe mid 90s).
    I might be overstating this but reviewers were fawning over its design and about it becoming the next great thing.
    Was anyone a fan? Did you own one or know someone who did?
     
  2. CCK1

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    I never owned one, but I damn sure wanted to. Still do. This video had a lot to do with it...

     
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    I owned one about 20 years ago. I don't recall the model but it was not the import model.
    I liked it a lot, except the shape. The upper horn would poke me in the chest when seated.
    Nice, light weight.
    Played extremely well.
    Sounds very good.
    Its a very nice guitar.


    Mark
     
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    mefgames Friend of Leo's Double Platinum Supporter

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    We bought my son a Fly Classic for graduation in 98. It is his main guitar still. I liked it so much I have since bought 2, a Classic, and a Deluxe. Personally, I prefer the sound of the classic over the Deluxe. As you said, it was a real breakthrough back then. They weigh roughly 5 lbs. Because of it's radical design, it was instantly a love it or hate it guitar. Ken Parker is nothing short of a genius. Check it some of his newer stuff, always cutting edge.
     
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    I wanted one of these in emerald green when they first came out. There were expensive, but they seem even more so on the used market today.
     
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    Never owned one, but I always thought they were nice.
     
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    Every one I've heard sounds terrible. Thin and flat. Even when played with distortion, it sounds worse to me than just about any other guitar. I wanted to like them, because I liked the idea of an innovative guitar, but the last innovative guitar was a steinberger with a transtrem. You could make a case for multiscale, but the parker doesn't come close. It just looks different, and has a lot of features.
     
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    I was meandering Reverb just out of curiosity, and found this monstrosity. I actually kinda dig it.

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    No but i kind of wish i had. The very light weight of those early ones is pretty appealing some nights.
     
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    I know several people who own/use them. I briefly had a Nitefly. Getting rid of it was one of my stupider gear decisions.
     
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    I played a friend’s Parker a few times. It made all my guitars look like sad, crude things fashioned in the vague forms of musical instruments.
     
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    I had one as well. As an engineer, I admired the design, but I never connected with it as a player. Also, I never liked the stock pickups, and the design limits replacement pickup choices.
     
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    I had a P-36. Different beast for sure I guess. It had Tele type pickups and a piezo. I guess I mostly sold it because I don't like active guitars and it could not hang on a stock wall hanger very well. It actually played and sounded pretty good.
     
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    I’ve never owned one but have played a couple. One was an import and the other was a (I was told) a moderate high end model. They both played nice enough but I just can’t get over the ugly aspect

    To me they look too much “angular comic book”. They remind me of the comic strip The Lockhorns
     
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    A local guy used to bring one to the blues jams when we did such things. He was/is a good player and made it sound decent.
     
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    I reaaallly wanted one when I was a teen, especially because Joe Walsh endorsed them in Guitar World magazine.
     
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    Found it!!

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    I've definitely been intrigued, but the fact that only a small handful of pro players use them kept me from investigating further. Only two come to mind.....Jakko Jakszyk (of 21st Century Schizoid Band) and Reeves Gabrel (?) with David Bowie.
     
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    if they were built with a chunky round back neck and 12" fretboard radius, I would probably own one
    great design, but I can't play a shredder neck
     
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    Yes. Loved it. I sold it because that's what I do. I find a great guitar that I love and sell it to move on to the next one. I'd buy another and probably will.
     
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