What where they thinking?? Poor Modified Fly

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What where they thinking?? Poor Modified Fly

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Came across this photo of a "Modified" Parker Fly & Just had to share.. :o
Poor Parker Fly got a middle tele single coil pickup & a hole hacked into it with a hammer & screwdriver
Some Folk shouldn't be allowed to work on or have anything Nice..
Hey my Master Volume is Gone?? What Gives..
Now your $3000 Pre Refined is worth $250 because of it's pickups
Hmmmm Twangy what a great improvement.. HaHaHa!!

If this is one of your guys guitars, You Need Therapy & Your Tools Taken Away.. :mrgreen:
Single Coil Middle Parker Fly.jpg
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Had to share a few other photos I found
Parker Bass.jpg
1st Parker 6 String Bass
Rick Nielson's FLY.jpg
Rick Nielson's Parker Fly
Van Halen with Parker Fly.jpg
EVH with Parker
Jimi Hendrix with Parker Fly.jpg
Jimi Hendrix says YEAH!!
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Re: What where they thinking?? Poor Modified Fly

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The Fly in the first post ended up looking “better” by the end:

https://www.guitarfritz.com/parker-fly-deluxe-project/

I remember first seeing that Hendrix shop and thinking “That’s pretty accurate - Even if Jimi asked USM to build a left-handed Fly, they’d tell him ‘no.’”
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OK so 1st Off there are NO Left Handed Parker Flys Made, Didn't Know that, Never seen one before.

Just imagine the software redesign of the CNC in reverse & the template being used upside down on the body carve process.
And then the swing machine of the neck before the fret board being applied & ?? Reverse trem system or make it a hard tail.
Cutting a special LH Nut by hand with nut files & then cutting of the control cavity & pickup holes etc.
YEAH they would have told Jimi NO WAY!! That would have been a $20,000 guitar back then.. Worth $100,000 Today.. Sold for $4000 back Then..
WOW never thought of a LH Parker.. Jimi would have been playing a Steinberger LH with a Trans Trem.. :mrgreen: YEAH!!

That checker Board Fly's Paint job is Fantastic..
I was into Art & Auto Body & can see how that was done with tape & a spray gun & Talent..

NOTE: EVHs Fly has a White Nut, Not Black = Custom Hand Cut Bone Nut.. With Cigarette Holder Option.. :twisted: Or Photo Shopped

That Bass?? No Idea what or why??

And you are correct @mmmguitar that Twang Master Modified Fly came out OK with the pickguard & spray job

I'll give you $40 for that because of the extra pickup just because.. HaHa!!

Need to call the guys at the Street Department as I got no guitars this week, Hey I have a $30 in CASH for some Gibsons or Fenders..
Their Boss is on Vacation in San Diego this week as it's my oldest Son's Girlfriend's Brother.. "Were are my Guitars?" I asked nicely!! :mrgreen:

Need to remember to have a Takamine Headstock Logo Made in Gold for when I repair the headstock on that Takamine New Yorker while I'm having the Steinberger Logo made in white for my Son's XP-2 Steinberger Basses Pickguard, Local Sign Company & the new fangled software & printer with razor blades in it.. = Easy Job for them or order them from eBay.. Headstock is already glued up with Titebond..
Also need acoustic light gauge strings.. .011"-.047" = Less Tension..

I also have a 1994 Les Paul Studio Lite M-III that I need to finish the paint work on hiding a headstock break, I have $400 in that guitar..
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Re: What where they thinking?? Poor Modified Fly

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@Fly Rod, Eddie’s Fly had a white nut because it was made in 1993 (when all Flys had white nuts). I don’t recall if all Flys used the same black TUSQ graphite SKU from 1994 until whenever USM started installing Gibson-style nuts, but I know none of them were bone.

Update: The nut material differences by era are explained by VJ in this thread viewtopic.php?f=6&t=279
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OK learned something about the nuts used on Flies there..
All I have ever seen where the Black Tusq models..
Remember that Mike G. has these available both cut & uncut for those who didn't know..
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Fly Rod wrote: Thu Oct 21, 2021 6:49 pm OK learned something about the nuts used on Flies there..
FYI - this post has images of all of the nuts used on Flys
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mmmguitar wrote: Thu Oct 21, 2021 12:38 am The Fly in the first post ended up looking “better” by the end:

https://www.guitarfritz.com/parker-fly-deluxe-project/
Thanks for linking this, Marc; I knew the image looked familiar and assumed that it was an “in progress” image.
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