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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. Mike_LA

    Mike_LA Tele-Afflicted

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    My Parker Fly is my daily player and go to guitar'
    I own 3 les pauls, 7 teles, 3 rics, 2 jacksons, 2 strats
    There is no substitute
    However; when I first got it, the upper horn dug into my solar-plexus when I played and found it very uncomfortable. It went into the closet for a few years till I took it out and moved the strap button back towards the guitar. I haven't put it down since . . .
    Oh and it RARELY goes out of tune.
    The MAXXFlys on either side need tuning but not the Fly

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  2. ahiddentableau

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    I knew somebody who owned a Fly and was in a position to play it quite often. I believe it was a deluxe. Ultra light, thin fast neck, SS frets, dimarzio HBs. It was a gorgeous guitar and an absolute pleasure to play. Sounded good. I understand why some people don't care for them. There is an almost hifi quality to them. I don't know how else to describe it. A tele or strat usually has a kind of woody quality to the sound. The Fly doesn't have much of that, especially when you play it unplugged. But who cares about what a guitar sounds like unplugged? Plugged in I thought the problems mostly disappeared. Sounded good, especially with gain. Crisp and clear. If I had a pile of money I'd get one.
     
  3. lupowitz

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    I wanted one of those badly, but I didn't find the neck thick enough to my liking. Not to mention, that playing it I realised, that I prefer guitars that stay away from a tad more, les pauls, teles, Es335 type guitars due to their evenly thick bodies.
    And P-36 only had a generic tele tone, nothing to write home about, the piezzo sound didn't convienced me either.
    But ever after that failed attempt to like it I fancied them.
    A guitarshop owner friend of mine knew about this, so he phoned me when he got his hands on a real Southern Nightfly, the P-36 is based on. You could immediatelly feel that it was in a different league, and I understood why it cost five-six times the price of the P-36. But it had a very flat almost absurdly thin neck on it. It made an Ibanez Wizzard neck look like an Allparts Tro-Fat. It was like having a fretboard for a neck. You could slice bread with the thing. So I skipped.
     
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    Cool headstock and neck ideas, not sure on that body or the sound (I have never heard one sound remotely like anything I’d want to sound like). The archtop things he’s made look cool though.
     
  5. Peegoo

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    The originals (carbon fiber monolithic body and neck) are superb guitars. What made them so groundbreaking was they're really stiff, solid and super light in weight. Their tuning stability is legendary.

    The later ones with screwed-on necks were hit and miss. Some models were junky. Many of the imports had a neck joint where the round back of the neck continued into the body and that's how it mated with the neck pocket; those were prone to slipped and cracked necks because there were only three or four threads on each screw holding the neck on the body. It was a really bad design.

    The first time I heard a Fly was Reeves Gabrels playing with Bowie in Tin Machine on some TV show in the early 90s. Blew me away. He was ferocious!

    I couldn't find a vid of him playing the Fly, but a Shteinboorger works!

     
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  6. P-Nutz

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    I had one of the “P” models, though I don’t recollect which one. Played great and sounded fine. Super lightweight; traded it off for another guitar, as I often do.
     
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    I have never owned one, but a friend loaned me one for a year or two.
    I loved it, it was a USA made, early model.
    It was dark green, and had the tremolo tension wheel, piezo pickup and DiMarzio humbuckers.
    It sounded great, and stayed in tune perfectly.
    I did not use the piezo/blend thing.
    I kinda hate that sound.
    Anyways, they absolutely do all their tricks brilliantly.
    They are feather light, pretty indestructible, and have a nice wide 1 3/4 inch nut width.
    The look is an acquired taste.
    I’d rock one.
    I actually did for a while.
    I did gigs with the Parker’s owner.
     
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  9. Ed Storer

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    Had a Fly Deluxe back in 2005. I was never really thrilled with the sound and the upper bout poking so hard into my ribcage.

    Innovative design and quality construction.
     
  10. Deeve

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    Ken Parker also designed an even lighter archtop.

    I never played one, but understand the originals were substantially lighter and more valuable than the models crafted overseas.

    For clever design, I'd now look to Relish.
    I think they are Swiss.
    Peace - Deeve
     
  11. paulblackford

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    I liked them. I saw Adrian Belew a few times with his signature model, and it sounded great. He had the modeling section of a Line 6 guitar on board, so he had a pretty wide variety of sounds. I would have only wanted one of the original line, with the carbon fiber neck. Although, later I found out that the frets were glued on, and I lost interest. There were stories of people having frets pop off of the neck while playing. A bit more complicated than dealing with a broken string.
     
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    Got nothing to say about Parker Guitars, but that performance was outstanding.
     
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    JW is the ultimate gear endorsee. He makes Johnny Hiland look like a novice.
     
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    Ha! I remember Joe endorsing them, but I can’t remember ever seeing him play one!
     
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    I will never be able to see one again without thinking of the Lockhorns, and I barely remember that comic.
     
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    It's got a Brent Mason vibe to it.....
     
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    Guitar magazine: "Mr. Walsh, what do you think of the new Parker Fly you're playing these days?"
    Joe Walsh: "I don't know, folks."

     
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    Mark Farner has been playing Parkers for many years.
     
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    Add Adrian Belew to that list
     
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    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Never owned one but I wish I did.
    The people I know that owned them really made them Sing on stage.
     
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