I recently have looked at Adrian Belew who has a Parker Fly Signature and also Alex Hutchings who uses Waghorn guitars. Both use special synth and styles which is a mix of jazz, blues and fusion. I have a 1997 Parker Fly Classic with the original Dimarzio pickups, which to me have always been too trebley causing me to use other guitars.
Alex Hutchings has a custom built Waghorn and after contacting Tom, we decided my Parker would be more difficult to modify to his specs than building a new one. So, I have put that to one side.
Adrian Belew’s on the other hand is less of an obstacle as the basic guitar is the same. Here are pickup changes needed:
Bridge Piezo Fisherman accoustic is kept on the same
Adrian also has a Line 6 Variax electronics installed with an extra switch. I am planning to use a Peavey Vypyr VIP 3 which has many of the guitar and synth models he uses so as that is a very expensive piece of kit I have dispensed with that.
My classic will now be customised to be similar to Adrian’s, have midi capability as well as that stealth stainer octaver. Cool!
That should keep me happy for at least a couple of year’s until tech moves on.
Well seems not, having been touch with US Music Corp who now own Parker, they say that any modifications are not possible to use their words. They have now brought out a Maxxfly DF842 model with the same pickups as above without the Variax. They have suggested I buy that. However, nobody stocks it and there are no prices for it and after a lot of consideration I think Parker who now make in Indonesia have lost the plot since Ken Parker left.
So I have acquired a Jack Thammarat Yamaha Pacifica and its great.
See my next post on Recording, amplification and life performance!!