I like the old Dimarzios, the ones that came stock in Japanese guitars in the late 70s and early 80s, I'm not real familiar with ones since then.The Parkers with DiMarzios, I agree. I've never liked anything DiMarzio puts out because they all sound like an Ibanez to me and not in a good way. And yes they had some interesting models, some much more geared towards hi-tech digital stuff. But that's not what I liked. I liked the Mojo series which was similar in design in many aspects, but also more standard. If I had mine again, I'd just get rid of the piezos /active pickup system and put some dB passive humbuckers in it and be happy.
I had a Mojo as I said, which came in two configurations (mahogany or mahogany and Maple top, which I should have gone for). It had SD Pups. Don't get the Fly's twisted, they are great tube amp guitars and will blow your mind with their sustain and tone. That guitar I could FEEL in my hands, it resonated so much. They have stainless steel frets and a thin carbon fiber fretboard and the process of constructing them was state of the art producing the most accurate fretboards ever made (at least at that time). I remember reading that they put it on high end machine used to really assess a guitars accuracy in no uncertain terms and the Fly was the most accurate they had ever tested up to that point. It also has a graphite truss rod 5x stronger than steel. Those guitars will never wear out unless you screw up the space age glue that holds the frets on the carbon fiber. Clean it with water, lasts forever. Tremolo system from space, could be hard tail, dive only or floating at the flick of a knob basically. I left mine in dive down mostly, strat guy that I am at heart.
Yes, maple cap is key on a LP style guitar at least (in my book). (Maple neck is key on strat style guitars). That's where I went wrong with my fly. Don't get me wrong it sounded incredible, but was darker than it needed to be and I should have put out the extra $250 for the flame maple cap (was beautiful to boot). Had push/pull single coil on tap and I used the hell out of the neck pick up that way (strat guy that I am at heart ). It could cover any style.
That 5lbs made 4 set, 4 hour gigs so much more tolerable! Try one out some time, you may be surprised. Hard to find for less than $1500 though. The Night flys were bold-on versions, but the best are the neck through. Oustanding stuff.
I've grown to like the imperfections of Strats and Les Paul style stuff so not sure I'll ever go for the perfect guitar in one again, but if I do, I know where to look.
This is where I'm at. Paring down for a lot of reasons, but your stated reason is one of them. Another is that I'm a more effective musician with a few pieces of gear I know very well. Another is that I don't like clutter, and I don't keep things I don't use. My rule for music gear lately is, if I haven't used it in a year, I find it a new home.Am currently a Tim Pierce. Have had a change of mind/heart and want to be a Morello. The idea of paring down my gear really appeals to me for a variety of reasons, chief amongst them being that I want to disconnect from the culture that says we need to constantly consume, consume, consume. Its just a bottomless pit. And that's with no offense at all to anyone who buys a lot of gear. If it makes you happy, I say go for it. It just doesn't make me happy anymore. I intend to clear out the extra stuff.
Or, you just play whatever brand PAYS you the most, hahaI think I'm a Paul Stanley: I have a variety of guitars, from a variety of brands, usually with something unusual or different about them from the original models, modern features yet still able to get classic tones.