Fly Bass (FB-4) History and Manual

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Fly Bass (FB-4) History and Manual

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Below are documents created by both Parker Guitars forum members and manufacturers; PM me if you have relevant documents to add. If you are the author of one of these documents, PM me so we can give attribution.

Fly Bass History
Fly Bass (FB-4) Manual
Fly Bass Mojo (FB-4) Manual
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I guess the "History" thing is my fault. ;-)
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Hahaha @Flybass5, is that eBay screenshot citing your words?! ;)
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vjmanzo wrote: Fri Nov 06, 2020 5:30 pm Hahaha @Flybass5, is that eBay screenshot citing your words?! ;)
Yeah, that's me.
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I should have known! I had bets that it was Marvin, but, now that I think about it: it’s obvious!

In any event, thanks very much for writing that way back when! As you can tell, I liked it so much, that I took a screenshot and, ultimately, I posted it here.

Anything you care to share or redact? Besides that the Fly Bass kicks ass!!! :lol:
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I'll have to take another look at it.
I remember writing it while pissed-off
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:lol:
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Hi guys thanks for all the info on this site! I came across a Fly Bass, which follows the 7 digit scheme, but is apparently a 2006. Were there a lot of exceptions to the standard numbering system over the years?
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Hi @DLQ--do you own that bass? If it is indeed an FB-4 from that year, it could have been partially built in Wilmington and finished in Mundelein.

Are you by any chance referring to the sunburst FB-4 on Reverb?
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I am! But it isn’t mine.
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Thought so! I’ve been looking at that one for a few years, and I have no idea what the true story is, but it was either brought over from Wilmington or built in Mundelein; Parker Guitars moved in 2004 and the owner ordered it in 2005. I have heard reports from former USM/Parker employees that guitars and basses built in Wilmington were being finished and sold during the first couple years in Mundelein, but, it’s hard to know 1) if that’s true and 2) what that means for this particular bass.
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