US Music is shutting down Parker USA.

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  1. PiRaSSiC

    PiRaSSiC Member

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    Looks like US Music is "looking for a new partner to produce US made Parker Guitars".
    They have already shut down the plant, refusing new orders.

    The custom shop is closed.
    No replacement parts are being provided, even for the "refined" flys.

    Only import modes are available right now .. and no Parker guitar was showcased at NAMM.

    I love US made Parkers, I have two. They are amazing, amazing instruments.

    There is very little space for innovation in the guitar business. Sad, but true.
     
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  2. William Braddell

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    Lame. Never played one but love the aesthetics of them and hope to give one a go some day. Hopefully someone steps in.
     
  3. Guitarworks

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    It's not good news, but I'm also not surprised. They seemed to be very much an acquired taste and represented a really narrow slice of the market. I've never even had the opportunity to experience one. During their entire existence from start to finish, I've never spotted a Parker in a store and never knew anyone who ever bought one.
     
  4. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    worked on my share of these; my first exposure to stainless frets (flawless) and a weirdly light, fragile feel, like you were holding a little surfboard or something.

    beautiful design except for the way the top horn "elbow" jabbed right into your sternum :(
     
  5. Tone_Terrific

    Tone_Terrific Supporting Member

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    Too expansive and/or no options regarding neck size put me off both the US and import versions.
    The real problem for any new or innovative maker is that existing designs are 'good enough.'
    Very few will produce new sounds (still sounds like a guitar, it has all been done, and we WANT that) or improve one's playing, musical capability or sex appeal..not that a Fly is repulsive.
    Cool, but the answer to questions that few ask, rightly or not.
     
  6. killerburst

    killerburst killerburstguitars.com Silver Supporting Member

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    From a certain perspective I kind of see the EBMM Majesty as the successor to the Fly. Lightweight, uber fret access, curvy, stainless frets, great magnetic and piezo sounds. Granted no composite materials. But having owned several Parkers before, the Majesty was not unfamiliar the first time I tried one out. And I didn't miss having my sternum punctured by that upper horn.
     
  7. King Loudness

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    Good riddance. I had nothing but problems with my USA made Flys, and I will never buy another. It's a shame because they are -in theory- a great guitar, but if they're as poorly made as mine were, it's not worth the $3,000ish price tag. I'll never buy one again.

    W.
     
  8. DustyRhodesJr

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    Does this affect the imports?

    A lot of the imports are very nice guitars as well.
     
  9. firebird1999us

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    I recall going to the giant Mars Music in Atlanta with my buddy when we were 15 to play guitars... He pulled a Parker off the wall, strummed a few chords, grabbed the trem and pushed it down and part of the bridge popped out like it wasn't fastened properly???? To his credit he put it back on the wall, bridge partially dangling out, and picked up a tele and started all over again as if it never happened!:red
     
  10. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    now that's an outlier experience! what problems did you have with them?

    the only failure i ever ran into was the rare occasion of a fret popping off the board, a nightmare because the frets were just stuck onto a flat board with glue, no tang slots or anything.
    the imports are just regular korean guitars shaped kinda like parkers, they could have been LTDs or shecters or whatever else; good for the money, but essentially "normal" guitars with wood bodies and necks, and regular soft brass-alloy frets.
     
  11. JPIndustrie

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    Yea this must've been with the newer runs because the Flys I've encountered had fit and finishes from a another planet, they were so good. These were 80s 90s USA flys though
     
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    The super wide-thin neck with sharp edges made them non-starters for me.
     
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  13. plan-x

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    Love em!! I have 2 USA models, a Fly and a Nitefly(bolt on). Got rid of my strat and Paul, just didn't play em anymore.
     
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    Surprising news. You would think the world would beat a path to their door to buy those whacked-out looking guitars with built-in carry handles (upper horn).
     
  15. PiRaSSiC

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    In my opinion, US Music just ruined the brand.
    They did not pursue the original design (which I find to be the only real successful innovation to the guitar itself), they didn't improve on what Ken Parker did after he sold the company, they just cut costs with lackluster quality control and introduced a whole lot of new models with impossible to remember names, focusing on creating a series of lookalikes in a different (lower) league than the originals.

    My two 97 Parkers are superb, ultra stable, fantastic playing instruments.

    And by the way the upper horn never stabbed my chest :)
     
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  16. edwarddavis

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    Owned a few and loved them
     
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    ^^^^^^
    I'm in the same camp !
     
  18. Help!I'maRock!

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    I'm surprised it took this long.
     
  19. guitarnut_1

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    ^^^this!

    I find them hideous.
     
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  20. RJLII

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    Me too. I thought the design was cool and loved the light weight, but the neck was all kinds of wrong for me.
     
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