Offered here is a relatively rare and mighty fine "pre-refined" era Parker Fly Artist. Built in 1998, this guitar has all of the early and revolutionary design elements that genius Ken Parker envisioned for the Fly. Such early models can be easily identified by the exposed balance wheel and four button control layout, features which were eliminated in later versions in an effort to control manufacturing costs. Many Parker aficionados are adamant that these pre-2003 guitars, built while Ken still owned the company, are the best Parkers that were ever produced.
This 1998 Artist has a Sitka Spruce body and a Basswood neck. The electronics include DiMarzio humbuckers and a Fishman piezo systyem. It has the original Fly features, including the aforementioned face-mounted balance wheel, four-button control layout, the push-button piezo/stereo activation switch, etc. It weighs just 5.2 pounds and seemingly plays itself. It sounds great too, as evidenced by the provided sound sample. It is currently setup with .09 gauge strings and trem spring, although a .10 gauge trem spring is included if you prefer heavier strings. The headstock on this one even sports the signature of the man himself, Ken Parker.
Despite being two decades young, this guitar looks nearly new except for one small (touched up) ding in the lower bout near the controls. I've included two views of this ding in the listing photos. This ding aside, this guitar remains in near mint condition and the stainless steel frets remain in near flawless condition. It comes in it's original Parker molded hardshell case, along with virtually all of the original accessories and paperwork.
As most know, Parkers are no longer being produced, so examples like this lovely Fly Artist are a rarity. If you have been thinking about getting yourself a really nice Parker guitar for your collection, this might be the example you have been waiting for. Make this beauty yours before someone else beats you to it!
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