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Welcome to the Fly Clone Project, a site dedicated to preserving information about 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.

Where to Start
Nearly everything you need to know about setting up, maintaining, and operating your Fly guitar can be found in the manual here. As a member of this forum, you are encouraged to post issues and questions, but remember, first, to RTFM (Read The Fly Manual)!

Different Fly Models
The differences between Fly models can be found by comparing the wood types here and by reviewing the first 5 or 6+ catalogs here.

Wiring guides and electronics information beyond what is covered in the manual can be found here.

Vibrato Bridge/What Does that Wheel Do?
For additional questions about setting up your vibrato, or, if you just want to know what the deal is with that wheel going through the Fly, see here.

Pickup Options
If you want to know about pickup options for the Fly, see here.

Serial Numbers
If you have questions about serial numbers, see here.

History of Parker Guitars
If you want to know about the history of Parker Guitars and changes of Fly guitars over the years, see here.

Valuing and Selling your Instrument
If you want to know how much your Parker Guitar is worth, original list prices can be found here. Most Flys sold new for around $3,000 USD depending on the model, and, as of 2015, Flys are no longer being made. and other used markets provide average sale figures for used Flys sold. If you are looking to buy a used Fly in good condition, budget between $1700 - $2300 depending on availability and condition; if you are willing to wait a month or two, and you keep an eye out for Flys on used market sites, you will very likely find one in that price range (this sentence last updated 11/2020).

If you would like to sell your Parker Guitar privately on this forum, see the Classifieds section here.

Does Ken have any old Flys/prototypes to sell??
Ken Parker does not have any new old stock, used, or prototype Flys, NiteFlys, Fly Basses available for sale, nor does/will he make one. He occasionally contributes information to his own section on this site here, but, as of 2003, has moved on from the Fly and is, now, making innovative archtop guitars.

What’s Not Covered in the Manual
Here are some important things about Flys that are not covered in the manual.

Sharon at Shazrock Paint worked at Parker Guitars with Ken in Wilmington and under USM in Mundelein; we recommend that you call her for all inquiries related to your Fly’s finish.

Join us!
Having said all that, please consider introducing yourself here!
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