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by vjmanzo
Sun Nov 19, 2023 12:21 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Spanish Fly History
Replies: 3
Views: 6471

Fly Nylon (aka Spanish Fly) History

Hi RIJO , I recommend reading this History article for some context about the second decade of Parker Guitars when they were operated under the umbrella of USM. The name of both the Fly Concert and Fly Nylon models changed during this second decade. According Ken Parker in this video, the original d...
by vjmanzo
Sun Apr 09, 2023 11:27 am
Forum: Show Us Your Parker
Topic: STILL THE ONE!
Replies: 48
Views: 29733

Ken’s sense of problem-solving

My first priority is to end up with a fully functioning, exceptional guitar, which is what my Fly has always been. This is a great perspective, tusker9 , and I don’t take arriving at this lightly. We all have the potential to embrace a reverence for any musical instrument to the point where a kind ...
by vjmanzo
Sat Feb 18, 2023 9:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rare Parker models?
Replies: 7
Views: 3995

Rare Parker models?

Some of the rarest Parkers are the non-production one-offs that Ken had his hand in during the early years: you can review the ParkerPrototypes for more examples, but my favorites include the painted fingerboard Fly , the Douglas fir Fly , and the Potato Chip : 15EB12E6-143B-4054-AE67-86248DECD2C9.j...
by vjmanzo
Sat Jan 07, 2023 11:20 am
Forum: DragonFly/MaxxFly
Topic: PDF-100 Fret material question
Replies: 9
Views: 3594

Fly w/Nickel Fingerboard

Ken also made at least one Fly with a one-piece nickel fingerboard...no photo (he knows where the guitar is!),but here's the mold he used to make that:
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Ken had all sorts of experiments in mind and others, like this, that he tried out!

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by vjmanzo
Sat Jan 07, 2023 11:10 am
Forum: DragonFly/MaxxFly
Topic: PDF-100 Fret material question
Replies: 9
Views: 3594

Fly w/Painted Composite Fingerboard

Wow! I agree—looks killer! 😮 The composite fingerboards could have been dyed other colors than black, and I know that Ken wanted to explore this very thing further 🫤 One of the many things that got sidelined… Here’s the Fly he built for Fender during the brief pre-Korg time when they were interested...
by vjmanzo
Sat Aug 06, 2022 6:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why aren't Ken Parker's innovations being used today?
Replies: 25
Views: 4916

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

It’s telling that a mad scientist who eats cantaloupe every day is one of the only people willing to keep the innovations alive, via this site and its mission. :lol: I think that’s a reference to me, so I’d better chime in! 🤣 I think mmmguitar is right on (as usual!), DanMumm —Ken still is very muc...
by vjmanzo
Tue Aug 02, 2022 5:50 pm
Forum: Info and FAQs about Fly Guitars
Topic: Fly Bridge Prototypes
Replies: 2
Views: 3516

Fly Bridge Prototypes

Nothin’ to see here—just a bunch of early Fly bridge prototypes Ken Parker keeps in a box 🙂 D5AA5BAD-C086-4112-80DA-3394ABF04E43.jpeg 10D08611-A691-4102-A772-35E9406B7BFB.jpeg C4CC5D6E-89A2-4566-8CA9-35EF93B9F2EF.jpeg A67ADE1E-BF74-4BA6-84D8-1075B6C6913F.jpeg 9FF50C34-20F7-426C-9EF2-A0CBE92CFBCB.jpe...
by vjmanzo
Sat May 07, 2022 8:56 am
Forum: Show Us Your Parker
Topic: Parker Fly w/Douglas fir body
Replies: 10
Views: 3921

Parker Fly w/Douglas fir body

Well—this was a new one: Ken's associate Cameron's Fly with a Douglas fir body! Of note: Cam worked with Ken in Wilmington from 1993 until the USM transition in 2004, helped Ken in 2004 during the formative years of Ken Parker Archtops , and is working alongside Ken fulltime at present at KPA. Durin...
by vjmanzo
Mon May 02, 2022 10:44 am
Forum: Announcements and News
Topic: Quick Search Hashtags by Topic
Replies: 0
Views: 6733

Quick Search Hashtags by Topic

Hey everyone—we've made some improvements to the way searches happen on the site by also improving the way posts are indexed. In addition to the Search function, we've implemented hashtag search functionality (below) that the moderators have been adding to some posts. This provides a curated type of...
by vjmanzo
Sun Nov 21, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Info and FAQs about Fly Guitars
Topic: A summary of the Fly changes/issues through the years, and a brief history of Parker Guitars
Replies: 26
Views: 40260

The 2lb “Potato Chip” Fly

Is there any indication into what Ken really wanted to tweak on the original Fly design that wasn’t related to cost cutting? Ken Parker did not want to change the design and he felt/feels that the “refined” design removed important functionality. Regarding some of the changes you mentioned, Ken has...
by vjmanzo
Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:23 pm
Forum: Fly Bass
Topic: Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton Donates signed Parker Fly Bass for VH-1's "Save the Music" (2003)
Replies: 2
Views: 5472

Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton Donates signed Parker Fly Bass for VH-1's "Save the Music" (2003)

From a Parker Guitars press release: NEW YORK, NY—June 5, 2003—Aerosmith bass guitarist, Tom Hamilton, kicked off the 2003 Save the Music Auction with a donation of one of his most collectible guitars, a prototype of the Parker Fly Bass. The donation was announced on-air during an interview yesterda...
by vjmanzo
Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Purple Anodized Fly Bridge
Replies: 3
Views: 2798

Purple Anodized Fly Bridge

From the early handiwork of @Ken Parker and @marvin:
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Ken Trivia: besides the obvious color difference, can you identify the two major design differences between this bridge and the production Fly hardtail bridge? :?:

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by vjmanzo
Mon Jan 04, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: Info and FAQs about Fly Guitars
Topic: Making the Fly Saddles
Replies: 0
Views: 5995

Making the Fly Saddles

Hey everyone--here's a little bit of Parker Fly history related to the saddles :D So....when it came producing the first production Fly saddles, Ken Parker carved one out of wood at a 10:1 scale! IMG_1983.jpg IMG_1984.jpg IMG_1985.jpg IMG_1986.jpg He then used a pantograph to retain all of that wond...
by vjmanzo
Mon Sep 21, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Info and FAQs about Fly Guitars
Topic: FAQs - New to Parkers or to this Forum?? READ THIS FIRST
Replies: 0
Views: 57645

FAQs - New to Parkers or to this Forum?? READ THIS FIRST

Welcome to the Fly Clone Project, a site dedicated to preserving information about the Parker Fly and other Parker Guitars. For more info on the Fly Clone Project, click here ; we are a research effort of the Electric Guitar Innovation Lab at WPI. Start Here Nearly everything you need to know about ...