Price paid: $ 500
Purchased from: ebay
Sound — 10
I play a wide range of music, from rock to blues to country. Use a Vox AC15 for the mags, and a Roland accoustic amp for the piezo. This guitar has great sound, and a very wide range of sounds. The dual humbuckers sound very good, although an upgrade would improve it. The piezo gives a very good accoustic tone. Blending them gives a real depth and shimmer to your sound. Pretty much any guitar tone you want is in there waiting for your skill to bring out.
Overall Impression — 10
You can play any music you want on this guitar. It is very flexible. I take it on the road with me and never need to use a backup. I did replace the Standard tuners with grover locking tuners. The Standard grovers are very good, but with a lot of trem use they can go out of tune. So the locking tuners helped that and make string changes a lot faster. This would be a great guitar for anyone, for any type of music.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Everything is rock solid on this guitar. I had one of the pickups go out soon after I acquired. I called Parker and they gave me a local place to take it for warranty repair. This place ended up being closed so I called back and they suggested Sweetwater since it is only an hour from my house. They fixed it within a week and I was back on the road. Both Parker and Sweetwater were very helpful. Since then I have banged it around quite a bit with no issues.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Guitar action was a little high when I received, but it had been slightly used as a store demo model and I think it was due for a tune up anyway. I replaced strings and spent a couple of hours doing the setup and got a quite low setup with no buzz and very good intonation. I'm sure a new from factory would be much closer to ideal. Finish is beautiful and flawless. Neck seated so well you can't slide a playing card into the neck joint. Neck is so easy to adjust with adjust wheel on body end.
Features — 9
Mahogany body, bolt on maple neck with ebony fingerboard, 2 humbuckers, piezo bridge, pickup, vibrato bridge, grover 18:1 tuners, active preamp, mags and piezo can be summed mono or split stereo, mag volume, piezo volume, single tone control which pulls, up to activate single coils in mags with hum cancelling. Gig bag, stereo cable included. Really a 9.5 rating, would have given it a 10 if it had dual tone controls, and locking tuners, but maybe I'm too harsh for the price.