Dating parker fly guitars
Electronics include the integrated use of coil tapped humbuckers and piezo pickups with active circuitry.In October 2002, Parker initiated the first production run of the Fly bass guitar, in both 4-string and 5-string versions.Further cost cutting measures were made to the hardware. In late 2006, Ken Parker, who had been in seeming absentia since selling Parker guitars, surfaced with a new take on archtop guitars. Ken Parker Archtops Players include Adrian Belew, Reeves Gabrels, Vernon Reid, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage, Vince Genella, Saul Zonana, Stephen Rockford Hammond and Deron Miller of CKY.This included switching to the larger, heavier Nite Fly truss rod increasing the weight of the neck and diminishing the volume of wood in the neck. As of late, Parker has released several special edition Flys.They have composite materials (resin and carbon glass skin, to reinforce a thin carved body and neck.
Parker basses produced in the original factory in Wilmington, MA have seven digit serial numbers using the same formula for dating at the original Nite Fly guitars.
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In 2003 the Fly was "refined" with a new control layout consisting of a master volume, a master tone [coil tap function is on this control as well] and a master volume for the piezo eliminating the separate volume control for the magnet pickups and the piezo tone control. The Parker custom shop opened, at the Washburn factory, in 2005.