My First Parker

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Stella
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My First Parker

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Hello,

I’m new here and to Parker guitars, so please forgive my ignorance.

I recently acquired this Fly from the original owner. He claimed to have purchased it directly from Ken Parker in Rochester NY in 2004. It was supposedly a custom order that the purchaser did not pay for.

As I know almost nothing about these guitars, can anyone help me with more information please?

I’ll gladly add more pictures if I am instructed as to what I should capture.

Thank you…
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Serial dates it as the second guitar completed on February 11th, 1994. The white nut is a holdover from ‘93.

“BP” in serial designates it as a Basswood neck, Poplar body “Deluxe” Fly.

I revised my post after brightening the photo until I could see the ‘93-‘03 battery compartment and mono/stereo switch. At first, I misinterpreted your post as stating the Fly was built in ‘04 as some oddly spec’d order; and subsequently typed a paragraph of conjecture. It makes sense that Ken would have offloaded an old one after parting ways from the brand.
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Also, congrats! That's a sweet looking guitar!
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Parker Fly Deluxe Hardtail, in Galaxy Grey.
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Congrats, @Stella, and welcome! That’s a great guitar there!

+1 for what @mmmguitar noted 👍🏻
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Oh so THAT'S where my '94 Galaxy Grey hardtail got to.....


;)

:D

Congrats on a fantastic guitar, may your solos be forever raucous and extended!

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Thanks to each of your for the responses…very helpful.

Would this be considered an original, early refined, or refined guitar? I don’t really know enough to know what to look for.
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Yes, @Stella, that is an early “pre-refined” Fly. You may find this history post helpful in understanding more about where in the timeline this Fly fits.
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So, I’ve had the guitar long enough by now to say that it’s simply the easiest guitar to play that I’ve ever touched. It almost feels like I’m cheating.

I’ve owned at least 100 guitars from all different eras and manufacturers, but this one is right at the top. I have no idea why anyone would have anything negative to say about how these guitars play.
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Couldn’t agree with you more, @Stella!
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I know this is a somewhat silly question, but I’d like to try a trem version of the Fly. Since I already have a Deluxe, what do you guys recommend as a second model? I am a mahogany fan, so the Mojo is what I’m naturally drawn toward, but a spruce model seems I intriguing.

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Stella wrote: Fri Jul 30, 2021 2:31 am I am a mahogany fan, so the Mojo is what I’m naturally drawn toward, but a spruce model seems I intriguing.
A pre-refined Classic or Artist will feel and play the most like your hardtail. Mojos and other models from the post-Ken era are liable to be very different (eg. fatter necks, different frets, different fretboard radius/width, different pickups, looser QC and weight tolerances, etc.).
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+1 what @mmmguitar said.

You may find it helpful to read this post on wood types for the various Fly models. The Artist, to my ears, sounds the least like all the others in an acoustic and diffuse sort of way; they all have their own “special something” ☺️


Regardless of the wood combination, the Fly vibrato is, IMO, absolutely fantastic! It wouldn’t be strange if you got another Fly Deluxe with a vibrato 😉 Just sayin’ 🙂
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