Modifying my Parker Fly Classic Guitar


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
Bridge preamp RMC very subtle pickup pow’r bridge PF especially for Parker Fly and Poly Drive 1 (£?) Need to add a 13 din plug  http://www.rmcpickup.com/products.html
Bridge pickup  Seymour Duncan Jazz TB4 (£80) – http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/electric/humbucker/high-output/sh4_jb_model/  or could leave Dimarzio as is
Neck pickup Sustainiac stealth pro (£150)  http://www.sustainiac.com/prfly.htm  This will need a push pull switch with click (see his video)
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!!
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About roberttwiddy

I live, work and play in Bangkok. My play is all about guitars. I enjoy researching guitar and sound equipment and spend more time on this than actually playing. I have 6 x six string guitars, 1 acoustic and 2 Bass guitars. I have 4 amps and 4 pedal boards and two band/looper boards. Bangkok is great for food, I have an on and off gf for the last two and a bit years here. It is also great for live gigs, music venues and shopping malls. A short drive gets you by the river or the sea and historic parks and temples galore. There also lots of pubs full of expats if you want to talk about Western culture. Service is here, as opposed to not in the UK. Thais will fix and do everything you need at a very low price and very quickly. My work is either teaching project management, soft skills or strategy and consulting on projects or soft skills. I am have been in business 30 years and held VP posts in computer hardware and software development. I have ACCA, NLP Master Practitioner and MBA. Enjoy my blog it may have more about music and sound equipment than anything as that is my passion at the moment!
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