I bought my Fly Deluxe used at a Guitar Center in Arlington, TX. It had a huge scratch on it and was not in the best of shape. It was priced right and I could afford it, so having always wanted one I bought it. I have sold it twice since then and went to buy it back the next day, every time. My poor Parker Fly is barely hanging on though. It still plays like a dream, the neck is perfect. I'm plagued by a pesky buzz. They said that the DiMarzio pickups sounded thin and they do, they sound very nasal if that makes sense. I've been told that the pickup selector switch could be bad, thus the buzz. USM sent me a new/used switch and no one in the Dallas area was willing to try to install it. Its a 12 pole switch and its soldered to a ribbon connector. I tried gutting the electronics and hard wiring the pickups to a simple 3 way switch. I ended up putting the original electronics back in. Even with all its problems, this will be the last guitar I ever buy (unless I buy another Parker Fly). Now they're hard to find but I've always got an eye out. If you have the means to buy a Parker Fly then I would suggest you do. The P series and the new PDF series are not the same thing. I feel like the pre-refined are more desirable but the USM made series are just as good.
I bought it when I was overseas (Hong Kong) for $13 000 hkd. (around $1600us) I was looking for a thru-neck guitar with 24 frets, piezo and NO locking bridge. There weren't much choices. I looked into Carvin and Parker. I ended up choosing Parker even though it costs almost twice of the Carvin I was looking into because it feels so good to play.
Super light-weight, very smooth neck, easy access to upper frets (compared to my les paul), smooth tremolo, stays in tune really well and looks awesome. (ice blue colour.)
The two toggle switches (one for normal magentic pickups-2 humbuckers and one for piezo/combination of piezo + magnetic pickups) and three knobs (piezo volume, mag volume and mag tone) with coil split do not end up with a whole bunch of switches on the guitar. (The Carvin models I saw had 4 knobs and 3 toggle switches.)
The sound is well balance and clear even with heavy distortion, lower end in particular.
The metal reinforced neck and carbon fibreglass fretboard keep intonation perfect. The guitar comes with a tension plate for 10s (It came with 9s strings) so there's no need for checking intonation when changing strings of different gauges.
It didn't come with a hardcase even though the Levys' softcase it came with was good. I expect a guitar costing over $1500us to have a hardcase.
Quality and workmanship is top notch. The body's very thin and contoured so it's very comfortable to play. It came with Dimarzio pickups, which are okay, but I might change them later.
It's a great guitar and I absolutely love it. I don't know if it takes that much money for a guitar of this good quality and playability, but I definitely don't regret buying it.
I bought this guitar because it is my first electric guitar and it was really cheap... One of the cheapest ones I'd say... I payed about 150$, and it's worth every penny I'd say.
It is quite playable, and it has a great sound.
The higher frets are very difficult to press, and the pickups are sometimes mycrophonics.
The fingerboard is made from quality rosewood, and the body is maple. It's not too heavy- just the right way.It has 2 regular picups, and a great humbucker. Mine has a great black finish, with no mistkes. It has 21 frets, a 5 - way switch, and 2X tone and 1X volume switch.
The sound quality is great, and the humbucker does his job perfectly. It's great for beginners, and with a price like that who wouldn't buy it...
I paid $1800.00 via the internet for this instrument.
This is the smoothest playing guitar I've ever played bar none. The electronics give a good warm tone through a good tube amp. My technique improved immediately after receiving this instrument and I've been playing for 25 years and felt I'd reached my limit. I have other electric guitars that sound better but none that are more balanced or play anywhere near as well as this guitar. I would try this guitar is you are looking for a professional instrument and compare to others of the same ilk.
I've had this guitar for 6 months and have no complaints. I love the way it plays and feels against my body. Using the electric pickups without the piezos doesn't sound as good as my old Les Paul. I favor the Parker over Jackson soloist, Ibanez Jems, PRS, and Tom Anderson guitars simply because it was the most versatile and felt the best to me.
Unit comes with two custom Dimarzio pickups and one Fishman piezo. The weight is less than 5 pounds. The tremolo is excellent, the best I've played. All parts but the tuners are custom made. The neck joint is completely seamless. I think any shredders would be amazed at the feel of this instrument. The engineering and development that went into this guitar are outstanding.
I most certainly did. I don't take two electrics and an acoustic to gigs anymore. Just the Parker. After bearing the weight of a 69 Les Paul custom for the last 10 years on stage the Parker is a god-send. I completely trust this guitar and have made some good recordings with it as well. I great gigging instrument, consider this guitar is you need a lot of different sounds on stage.
Excellent well made instrument and a wise investment for the professional gigging musician.