Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Vilhelm JS Bach, Jul 20, 2008.
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Played a few that were stellar instruments. Light as hell, great tone and played themselves. I'd own one if I could get past their unconventional appearance.
Parkers are tough on me! It's pretty easy to convince myself that I don't need an expensive Les Paul or Strat-style guitar. There are lots of cheaper variations on those themes. There's nothing like a Parker and I'm constantly tempted by them!
Played mine just last night on a really loud, pumping Funk gig ...
Thank Parker for SS frets, the body shapes never worked for me though...
i played quite a few over the years and wanted to like them for the looks and weight. the problem was i always thought the lead sounds were good but the clean sounds were lifeless.
Still thinking about a Parker. They are expensive though. If I have 3k I don't know what to do with then maybe I'll get one.
I've always liked the one's I've been able to play. I would like to live with one for a while.
Not the case with my American made Parker Tele pictured above..
The Cleans are outstanding ...
I liked the one I used to own (a Fly Classic) a lot at first, but the longer I had it, the less I cared for it - particularly the neck and the body shape. I play a lot sitting down, and the upper horn, which is visually okay, is a remarkably poor design element for a designer so obsessed with function. The bridge is great, though, and I still pine for the stainless frets.
I love my Fly Deluxe! The most consistent guitar I've ever played.
I've not seen any climate (temp/humidity) impact on the guitar.
Great sounds and I love mxing in electric pups w/piezo mic!!!
I like my P44 import. I wouldnt spend that kind of money on a USA made model though. The carbon fiber neck wrap, stainless steel frets and proprietary trem are not worth the upcharge to me. (Real die hard Parker heads will argue all of these points with me. But Ive been a member of the Parker forum for a long time so I do know what I speak of) Some issues still with QC and quirky weird problems that you dont find on other gtrs. Also, their resale value is so so.
I saw a photochop of Jimi Hendrix playing a Parker. Of course it was a righty Parker flipped over lefty. It looked cool.
That was from an interview with Ken Parker. Great article which talks about the construction qualities and history behind Parkers.
I know there are alot of Parker haters but I'll say this - their hefty pricetag is for a guitar that is truly unique and fabricated in a revolutionary way which will outlast most other guitars.
However, USM is really f'ing them all up, IMO. Too bad...
Here it is: http://www.tonequest.com/pdf_pubs/samples/TQRParker.pdf
Definitely one of the coolest instruments that I will absolutely never own.
I'd love to own one eventually. Tonally I love how they are a blank slate. Love the weight and the looks.
Got three and play them all the time. Almost never need adjusting .
I liked em but the bolt on neck that kind of make no sens to me at all ...
I truly respect the idea and concept.
This one should be in the ugliest guitar ever thread IMHO
Oh did I mention they were a pain in the arse to refret hehe !
My Parker Fly Classic is the only guitar I have ever got rid of. I appreciated the engineering, the frets, and the trem, but hated the upper horn and the pickups. I tried to like it for 5 years or so, but in the end I just couldn't bond with it.