Description

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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Capital Guitars

Capital Guitars

1996
Parker
Excellent
Gold
Original Hard
10 Years
Capital Guitars
Charlie Hughes
518-222-6099
Online Only
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Refunds of the original purchase price less shipping and a 10% restocking fee may be requested within 48 hours of delivery. Exchanges within one (1) week of the original date of purchase may be made for an item of equal or greater value at the discretion of Capital Guitars. Where permitted herein, items must be promptly returned at the buyer's expense, in the same condition as received with all accessories and paperwork included. Sale items, purchases that are made via layaway, those involving trades and/or international shipping are considered final except upon an error by and at the discretion of Capital Guitars. All deposits are non-returnable. Our apologies, but we are a very small operation and returns are extremely time consuming and costly.