Yes, they look strange, but Parkers are great guitars. With their unique design elements, high tech materials and exotic electronics, there is really no other instrument quite like a Parker guitar. Unfortunately, Parkers are no longer being manufactured, so it appears that those already in circulation are all there will be.
Offered here is a superb "pre-refined" era Parker Fly Deluxe in relatively rare gold finish. Built in 1996, just the fourth year of Parker production, this Deluxe has all of the revolutionary design elements that genius Ken Parker envisioned for the Fly when it was originally introduced. Many of these features, such as the exposed balance wheel and four button controls, 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.
The Deluxe has a Basswood body and a Poplar neck. The electronics include the early versions of the DiMarzio humbuckers and the piezo saddles and pre-amp. 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 5.6 pounds and plays like butter. It sounds great too, as evidenced by the provided sound sample. It is currently setup with Elixir 10's and the appropriate tremolo spring.
Clean examples of these early models are hard to find, but this guitar is one of the few. This guitar remains in superb overall condition, showing just a couple of issues; a tiny bit of finish lift around the bridge and one tiny impression on the lower bout (see photos). These flaws aside, this beauty is near mint condition and the stainless steel frets remain in near flawless condition. It comes in a Parker molded hardshell case, also in exemplary condition, along with the trem arm, Parker booklet and a 9 gauge tremolo spring.
With the cessation of production, all Parker models are in demand and prices are increasing rapidly. Clean examples, particularly clean "pre-refined" guitars like this Deluxe, are sure to be collectibles. Make this beauty yours today!
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