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by jester700
Fri Aug 12, 2022 4:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why aren't Ken Parker's innovations being used today?
Replies: 17
Views: 264

Re: Why aren't Ken Parker's innovations being used today?

This is basically the USA-made bolt-on MaxxFly guitars - DF524, 624, 724. I’m not familiar with those models, so I think I need to educate myself (V.J. said to himself sneakily in order to justify his compulsive guitar-buying/trying). 🙂 Like all else Parker, they're getting hard to find. I have one...
by jester700
Fri Aug 12, 2022 3:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why aren't Ken Parker's innovations being used today?
Replies: 17
Views: 264

Re: Why aren't Ken Parker's innovations being used today?

Essentially, you’d need a “Fly Lite” model that removed many of the “impossible-ness” features—that would make it easy to make, but maybe not as desirable to own or play as an OG Fly. This is basically the USA-made bolt-on MaxxFly guitars - DF524, 624, 724. They're my favorite guitars of all time, ...
by jester700
Sat Aug 06, 2022 9:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why aren't Ken Parker's innovations being used today?
Replies: 17
Views: 264

Re: Why aren't Ken Parker's innovations being used today?

There ARE still innovations being made, and a few brands make innovation part of their vibe, like Strandberg. There are several makers with multi-scale frets, various reinforcements to counter the peculiarities of wood necks, alternate materials, pickup innovations, and lots of steel frets (even on ...
by jester700
Tue Jun 14, 2022 2:58 pm
Forum: Show Us Your Parker
Topic: Private Reserve Maxxfly? Koa
Replies: 5
Views: 186

Re: Private Reserve Maxxfly? Koa

That is LOVELY!

I'm not sure what model that is. Do you have more pics? Is it carbon wrapped or bolt-on? I'd guess wrapped, because the pickup mounting is sweet - no ugly rings. And the gold trem is purty!

Oh, and is it MIDI? There are extra controls...
by jester700
Fri May 20, 2022 5:35 pm
Forum: NiteFly
Topic: Nut replacement
Replies: 20
Views: 606

Re: Nut replacement

Seems like the classic issue - At least it’s a simple remedy. Most of my guitars have zero frets and/or metal nuts due to strings “sawing” through softer materials over time from trem use being a pet peeve of mine. I’d like to try out a black delrin ZeroGlide nut with stainless fret in one of my Fl...
by jester700
Wed May 18, 2022 10:48 am
Forum: Show Us Your Parker
Topic: First Parker!
Replies: 8
Views: 404

Re: First Parker!

Indeed. Everything I liked about my fave Ibanezes (1990's Radius & Saber) - thin, light, fast. Except better at it than either of the Ibanez attempts.
by jester700
Wed Apr 27, 2022 12:36 pm
Forum: Video & Audio Performances, Compositions, and Discussions
Topic: Input/suggestions for pickup demo wanted
Replies: 9
Views: 1042

Re: Input/suggestions for pickup demo wanted

I don’t really see the point in doing metal demos; as you can throw a rock in any direction on YouTube to hear someone demoing how a particular “pickup” sounds when only the lowest string is palm-muted and tremolo-picked through a Decimator, compressor, Maxon 808, another Decimator, 5150 amp sim in...
by jester700
Tue Feb 08, 2022 3:14 pm
Forum: Fly
Topic: Maintenance Kit
Replies: 11
Views: 1062

Re: Maintenance Kit

I tend to think this is the A slot in the nut that a touch low. Because fretting at the first fret makes the buzz disappear completely. I minimized it with a touch of truss adjustment, but I may need to raise that slot a skosh. Never done that before so ... time to learn! I think I have a couple of...
by jester700
Sun Jan 30, 2022 11:03 am
Forum: Fly Clones
Topic: Springs
Replies: 172
Views: 49260

Re: Springs

marvin wrote: Sat Jan 29, 2022 5:10 pm Come on people,,,it's not rocket science!!
No, It's material science. And it ain't easy.
by jester700
Mon Dec 13, 2021 11:55 am
Forum: Fly Parts
Topic: Vibrato Arm Bushing (refined)
Replies: 19
Views: 8807

Re: Vibrato Arm Bushing (refined)

You should be able to find something like this locally www.amazon.com/Black-Nylon-Spacer-Thick-Robotics/dp/B07TQKR9NL?ref_=ast_sto_dp Double check the Id and OD, and get something close to 18-20 mm long. If needed, get a smaller ID and drill it to desired size. I like this idea. I got a bunch of th...
by jester700
Mon Dec 13, 2021 11:53 am
Forum: P Series
Topic: Replacement/alternate tuners?
Replies: 4
Views: 1397

Re: Replacement/alternate tuners?

You might also consider the Hipshot set that has mounting plates so you needn't worry about the screw holes.
by jester700
Mon Oct 11, 2021 1:06 pm
Forum: General Info and FAQs about Fly Guitars
Topic: Fly Saddles through the years
Replies: 30
Views: 7667

Re: Fly Saddles through the years

If I remember correctly it was a levels mismatch. The Fishman preamp expects a stronger piezo signal to be generated (or maybe it was the other way around, can't exactly recall many years later). I just remember dealing with weird distortion being created and tried so many things before I realized ...
by jester700
Tue Sep 28, 2021 12:49 pm
Forum: General Info and FAQs about Fly Guitars
Topic: Fly Saddles through the years
Replies: 30
Views: 7667

Re: Fly Saddles through the years

The strings do a lot rubbing against the saddles; the saddles Ken used were stainless steel and they really won’t wear out. I don’t know for certain what the material is of the other saddles, but I’m confident that it is softer than the stainless saddles. Over time, string wear on those saddles wil...
by jester700
Tue Sep 28, 2021 10:33 am
Forum: General Info and FAQs about Fly Guitars
Topic: Fly Saddles through the years
Replies: 30
Views: 7667

Re: Fly Saddles through the years

Although the Graph Tech saddles worked physically better than the USM saddles, they didn't pair well with anything but the newer Graph Tech preamp. I think they may have had some kind of mismatch with the Fishman preamp (learned that the hard way). The USM saddles require some "clean-up" ...
by jester700
Wed Sep 01, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Fly Clones
Topic: Springs
Replies: 172
Views: 49260

Re: Springs

I always figured it was for the same reason Ken used the custom pickup mounting configuration - that it allows a slightly thinner body.

I prefer the coil springs of my DF724 myself, but I was used to Floyd before getting into Parkers.
by jester700
Sun Jul 25, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: DF524 or Fly Classic Hardtail ?
Replies: 11
Views: 2958

Re: DF524 or Fly Classic Hardtail ?

I have both of these. The classic is the complete fly "vision": carbon wrapped, lighter, etc. But I never play it. I prefer the feel of the 524's wooden neck, I like the trem, I prefer the Duncan pickups, and the hardtail horn is just...ugh. I would bet, however, that I'm in the minority. ...
by jester700
Fri Jul 09, 2021 6:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My First Parker
Replies: 39
Views: 8325

Re: My First Parker

Also, congrats! That's a sweet looking guitar!
by jester700
Wed Jul 07, 2021 4:46 pm
Forum: Show Us Your Parker
Topic: New Guitar Day from New Forum Member
Replies: 14
Views: 4644

Re: New Guitar Day from New Forum Member

jester700 wrote: Tue Jul 06, 2021 11:38 am I'm pretty sure all my USA made bolt-on Maxx Flys had the stamped "Made in USA"; I'll check tonight.
Yup. They're all stamped.
by jester700
Wed Jul 07, 2021 7:58 am
Forum: Show Us Your Parker
Topic: Top horn
Replies: 10
Views: 3676

Re: Top horn

That was the dealbreaker for me until 2010 when I got my first DF. You could try padding it a bit?