#1
I've been wondering about these guitars lately. They look kind of strange (especially the headstock) but have many cool features.I've played the new washburn's that come with the Parker carbonglass fretboard with stainles steel frets and they're insanely fast.

Also, not many people use them. The only guitarists i've seen that use them are Adam D from Killswitch Engage and Andrew T from The Human Abstract.
But I wanted to see if anybody out there owns a Parker guitar and could let everyone know how they play and sound.
#4
my guitar tutor at college has one and he's a ****ing beast. So they're probably pretty good.
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#5
aren't parker guitars crazy expensive?
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#6
I don't care for their appearances, aside from the PM20 and similar models, but they feel amazing. The few Flys I've played had incredible setups.
#7
ive never used one, but ive wanted one for ages, Kristofer Dahl uses one, and ive seen Phil Campbell of Motorhead use one aswell, they sound great though, id love to play one
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#8
I have only good things to say about them.

Some of the thinnest necks you can get, absolutely the best fret access, and an incredible tremolo system. Tone will differ depending on which model you get, but then again, a USA Parker is best complemented by an amp from the same price range and up.
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#9
Awesome guitars, plain and simple.
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#10
very ergonomic, stainless steel frets and phelonic fretboards kick ass, and lightweight with tons of electronics stuffed inside. Pure brilliance.
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#11
I love my NiteFly M. It has the best playability of any guitar I've yet to get my hands on.

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aren't parker guitars crazy expensive?

New they can be, but there are a ton of good deals to be had in the used market. It isn't hard to find an unrefined deluxe in the $1200 range and I found my NiteFly for $700. You just have to look.
#12
I'm highjacking this thread off...I mean, usually it for my own selfish purposes.

I've been wanting a project Parker (either P-42 or P-44) and replacing it with custom pickups (DiMarzio Evos). The P-44Pro has Seymour Jazz and JB, which are nice, but I really wanna push for the Evos.
P-44s retail at about $550-$700, both Evos costing me $150.
I haven't found the pricing for a P-44 Pro though.

And both the Fly and Nitefly's are out of my budget. But if I do find a nice, used Nitefly, I'm taking that over the anything else.
#13
A local guitarist used to have some kinda Fly and really enjoyed it. One night at a show however the guitar fell off the stand right when my band was going up and the carbon-whatever fretboard had a nasty crack down the side of it. It played really nice and sounded great but that has had me questioning their durability ever since
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#14
I Love em,

cant think highest of them, my mate has had four and every single one has been amazing, check out the parker forums as the guys there go really into detail about the specs and from there you can probably see which one would suit you most.

and for £2000 the deluxe is amazing
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#15
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A local guitarist used to have some kinda Fly and really enjoyed it. One night at a show however the guitar fell off the stand right when my band was going up and the carbon-whatever fretboard had a nasty crack down the side of it. It played really nice and sounded great but that has had me questioning their durability ever since


A nasty crack in fiberglass? It's not really the kind of material known for "cracking".

These guitars are not covered in composite materials to be rugged, but rather to make it so a super-thin body and neck would not deform under a couple hundred pounds of string tension. Other guitars use a dozen pounds of wood to keep structural rigidity, while a Parker uses a thin layer of the shit race cars are made of. Other than that, a Fly is as fragile - if not more - as any other guitar. So if anything, you have to be doubly as careful with them.
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#16
Always wanted to try a parker fly, but never seen them around sadly.

Beautiful guitars, but they are damn expensive.
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#17
A nasty crack in fiberglass? It's not really the kind of material known for "cracking".

These guitars are not covered in composite materials to be rugged, but rather to make it so a super-thin body and neck would not deform under a couple hundred pounds of string tension. Other guitars use a dozen pounds of wood to keep structural rigidity, while a Parker uses a thin layer of the shit race cars are made of. Other than that, a Fly is as fragile - if not more - as any other guitar. So if anything, you have to be doubly as careful with them.


Maybe a fracture or a check would be a better term for it then? There was a visible line that you could catch your fingernail on down the length of the fretboard. It was maybe about half the length of the fretboard?
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#18
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Maybe a fracture or a check would be a better term for it then? There was a visible line that you could catch your fingernail on down the length of the fretboard. It was maybe about half the length of the fretboard?
As in, the fretboard came off the neck? Ouch. Can't imagine how that would look, but hey, stranger things happened. Like I said, they're by no means bulletproof.
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#19
I hear they are light as a feather
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#20
my guitar teacher has one it is the single most gorgeous instrument that i've ever played, feels wayy better than my friend's PRS which cost at least $1000 more than the parker.
#21
I like the one I played at my drummer's house, albeit it would have been a lot more comfortable to play with proper tuning. It just felt awkward playing my stuff on it, but that might have been because I was running it through an amp with such bad distortion it made my Line 6 Spider 3 sound like a damn Dual Rectifier.